Beezer Clarkson - Episode 22

Beezer Clarkson on How to Get a “Yes” from Investors, Advice to Young VCs, Fund Mission vs. Returns, and What Diversity Means in Venture

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On this episode of Invested, Michael hosts Beezer Clarkson, a partner at Sapphire Partners.

Beezer leads Sapphire Partners‘ investments in venture funds domestically and internationally.

Beezer began her career in financial services over 20 years ago at Morgan Stanley in its global infrastructure group. Since, she has held various direct and indirect venture investment roles, as well as operational roles in software business development at Hewlett Packard. Prior to joining Sapphire in 2012, Beezer managed the day-to-day operations of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Global Network, which then had $7 billion under management across 16 venture funds worldwide.


In 2016, Beezer led the launch of OpenLP, an effort to help foster greater understanding in the entrepreneur-to-LP tech ecosystem. 


Beezer earned a bachelor’s in government from Wesleyan University, where she served on the board of trustees and currently serves as an advisor to the Wesleyan Endowment Investment Committee. She is currently serving on the board of the NVCA and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

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Executive Producer: Erica Marom 

Producer: Sofi Levak

Video and Editing: Ron Baranov

Music and Art: Uri Ar 

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