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 300 companies. Today, Saints manages over one billion dollars which has been invested in companies in the technology, healthcare, consumer and industrial industries. Since inception, Saints has had over 50 IPO’s in both US and international markets and over 100 exits through acquisition. With offices in San Francisco and London, partnerships in Los Angeles and Paris and many investments in Asia, Saints is one of the largest global direct secondary firms in the world.
Notable investments included Acorda, Atheros, Angie’s List, Business.com, Cavium, Chegg, Enanta, Facebook, Gilt Groupe, Internet Brands, Military.com, Sidestep Tellme, Zazzle and others. With offices in San Francisco and London and many investments in Asia, Saints is one of the largest global direct secondary firm in the world. Mr. Sawyer focuses his investing efforts on the software, internet and life sciences industries and has been a director or board observer for dozens of companies and today serves on the boards of Alliance Life Sciences, Acsis, Coloredge, Vidyo and OrSense. Mr. Sawyer has been selected in the past as a member of the Forbes Midas list, where he was recognized as one of the top 100 investors in venture capital globally.
Mr. Sawyer is also on the board of the Hope Street Group, a non-partisan effort to improve incentives in education, healthcare and jobs and serves on the board of the Woodrow Wilson Center – Latin American Program. Previously Mr. Sawyer served as a “kitchen cabinet” advisor to the CEO of the Chicago Public School system.
Mr. Sawyer received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS with honors in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. At Stanford, Mr. Sawyer was elected as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. Mr. Sawyer also studied in France, Washington, D.C., and at the Copenhagen School of Business in Denmark.