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Founding Advisors

Kenneth Sawyer


Ken Sawyer is a managing director and founder of Saints. Saints is a venture capital and private equity firm founded in 2000 focused on providing liquidity for investors and founders of private companies. The concept of creating a firm that provided liquidity for illiquid venture capital and private equity investments met with a great deal of skepticism in 2000 but now enjoys popular acceptance and has demonstrated attractive returns for investors. Saints has acquired investments in over 200 companies. Today, Saints manages over one billion dollars which has been invested in companies in the technology, healthcare, consumer and industrial industries. Notable investments included Tellme, Cavium, Sidestep, Internet Brands,, Acorda, Zazzle, Angies List, Facebook and others. With offices in San Francisco and London and many investments in Asia, Saints is the largest global direct secondary firm in the world. Mr. Sawyer focuses his investing efforts on the software and internet industries and is a director or board observer for dozens of companies and today serves on the boards of Continuous Computing, Perfect Escapes, Alliance Consulting, Merisel, Acsis and Laureate Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Sawyer has been selected as a member of the Forbes Midas list for the past few years, where he was recognized as one of the top 100 investors in venture capital globally.

Mr. Sawyer was elected as a Member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. He holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a B.S., with honors, in Industrial Engineering at Stanford University, and also studied at the University of Tours in France and the Copenhagen School of Business.

Highlights: Founding Partner and Managing Director at Saints Capital; Formerly Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Prudential Volpe Technology Group; Former CFO of New Image Industries and CEO and Founder of TECS; Former member of the Securities and Exchange Commission

Board Experience: Alliance Consulting, ACSIS, Laureate Pharma, Perfect Escapes, Continuous Computing, Merisel

Location: San Francisco Bay Area