Scott Stanford is a Managing Director at Sherpa Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm he co-founded with Shervin Pishevar in March 2013. Sherpa Capital is an investor in companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Munchery, ipsy, Shyp, Stance, Rent the Runway, PillPack, Doctor on Demand and Cue Health. Scott serves on the Board of Directors of Curology, ipsy, Luka and Shyp.
Scott has been focused on the Internet / technology sector for over 20 years as an advisor, operator and investor. Prior to co-founding Sherpa Capital, Scott co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business based in San Francisco. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making approximately $1.6 billion of principal investments in companies like Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru and LinkedIn. His client coverage responsibility included companies such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Groupon, Zillow, Airbnb, Uber and many other established and emerging technology-enabled companies.
Prior to Goldman, Scott was an early employee of LookSmart, where he helped build the company from a start-up to a publicly traded NASDAQ company. During his tenure he held several technical, product, financial and strategic management positions including running eCommerce, Product and Development, Strategy and Corporate Development and Business Development.
While in business school, Scott coded prototype applications for two start-up ideas, one focusing on community service and the other focusing on automating and prototyping core financial analysis. He has been coding since the age of thirteen.
Scott received his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College (Social Studies) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.