Rico is a Vice President at Sapphire Sport, where he supports Sport’s portfolio and sources investment opportunities across the media, entertainment, and consumer software landscape. Rico is particularly passionate about virtual worlds and decentralized technology. He oversees Sapphire Sport’s unique platform of investors, networks, and communities to help drive tangible results to Sport’s portfolio.
Rico’s experience in the technology industry spans multiple functional areas. He began his career working at startups in the renewable energy industry and more recently held positions at Cisco and SAP. Throughout his career at SAP, he served in roles such as corporate development, sales strategy in APJ (Singapore), and corporate strategy for the Office of the CEO at Ariba.
Rico’s last position at SAP was on the strategic business development team, a small team created by SAP’s North American CEO to help SAP’s largest customers and partners define their digital transformation strategy. Rico has also supported social entrepreneurs in Indonesia and Sri Lanka in developing business models for social venture funds.
About Us: Sapphire Ventures is a leading venture capital firm that partners with visionary teams and venture funds to build companies of consequence. For nearly two decades, Sapphire has been investing capital, resources and expertise in innovative startups and technology-focused venture funds around the world. With more than $6.8B in AUM across Sapphire Ventures, Sapphire Partners and Sapphire Sport, and with team members in Austin, London, Palo Alto and San Francisco, Sapphire is well-positioned to help scale companies and venture funds, elevating them to become global category leaders.