Mark Fernandes

Mark began his career as part of the founding team of a display company, followed by product roles at Seagate and Cisco. After his MBA, he was a Wall Street research analyst covering the software sector at Robertson Stephens and Merrill Lynch. He joined Sierra Ventures in 2002 and focuses primarily on software. Some of his prior investments include Sourcefire (IPO; M&A – Cisco $2.7B) and significant M&As by leading tech companies like Microsoft, Cisco, VMWare, Palo Alto Networks, Telstra, and more. Mark holds a BS from Mangalore University (India), a MS from UC Berkeley, and a MBA from Harvard University.

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Dasera – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We’re excited to announce Sierra Ventures’ lead investment in Dasera’s $6M Seed Financing. Dasera is changing the way security, privacy, and compliance are managed in the data lifecycle. Although corporate perimeters are now fairly secure, there are large volumes of data interactions occurring internally every second. This leaves security teams with questions such as:  Who …

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Why are Goldman Sachs & WSJ using Cardify.ai data from Drop?

Over the past few months, the Wall Street Journal and Goldman Sachs have begun to use Drop’s Cardify.ai data highlighting insights into consumer spend and income during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even cloud juggernaut Snowflake is using Cardify.ai as a featured dataset during demos with their customers. Why is that?  Cardify.ai’s market validated database has access …

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QuillBot – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We’re excited to announce Sierra Ventures’ investment in QuillBot’s $4.25M Series Seed. QuillBot is a platform that’s helping over a million students and professionals improve their writing skills. Using artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP), the software can rewrite full paragraphs based on the user’s requirements of style, tone, creativity, and more. The …

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Spectro Cloud – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We are excited to announce our investment in Spectro Cloud’s $7.5M seed round. Spectro Cloud is a Silicon Valley-based startup that is bringing control and flexibility to enterprise Kubernetes deployments. They have developed orchestration technology and a SaaS management system that brings the ease of Kubernetes as a service offers to enterprises that need more …

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