New Enterprise Associates
Managing General Partner of NEA
Scott Sandell is Managing General Partner of NEA and head of its Technology investing practice. Since joining the firm in 1996, he has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx, and Workday. Scott is among the most frequently named investors to the Forbes Midas List, with 22 technology companies in his portfolio having successfully completed public offerings or mergers. In addition to his focus on information technology and alternative energy investments, Scott leads NEA’s investing activities in China.
Scott is currently a director of a number of private companies including Bitglass, Bloom Energy, Branch Metrics, Captora, Carezone, CloudFlare, Coursera, Datrium, Enigma, Hello Alfred, Qadium, Robinhood, Sentons, Transfix, and UnifyID. Other previous investments include Fusion-io (acquired by SanDisk), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks), NetIQ (acquired by Attachmate Corporation), Playdom (acquired by Disney), and Spreadtrum Communications (acquired by Tsinghua Unigroup).
Prior to joining NEA, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. Before joining Microsoft, Scott was the first salesperson at C-ATS Software and later co-founded and ran the company’s European subsidiary. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group. Scott holds an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Scott also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and is a former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) (2014-2015).
Aaron Jacobson joined NEA in 2011 and is a Principal focused on early-stage technology investments with a strong emphasis in SaaS and infrastructure software. He serves as a director of Tigera, illusive networks, Dreamfactory, and Console, and a board observer at StreamSets, Mimosa Networks, NGINX, and Move Guides. He’s also helped lead investments in CareZone, Cohere Technologies, Coursera, Databricks, GuideSpark, Igneous Systems, Kumu Networks, Lattice Engines, Luminate Wireless, Philo, Psikick, Transfix, and Stormpath. He was previously involved with Box (NYSE:BOX) and GainSpeed (Acquired by NYSE:NOK). In 2016 he was named to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” in Venture Capital and the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s "40 Under 40”.
Prior to joining NEA, Aaron spent two years at Qatalyst Partners in San Francisco. At Qatalyst, Aaron worked as an Analyst engaged in various M&A transactions, which included the sale of PopCap Games to Electronic Arts, the sale of Riot Games to Tencent, the strategic investment in Go Daddy from KKR / Silver Lake / TCV, the sale of Palm to HP, and Conexant's sale to Golden Gate Capital, among others.
Aaron graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering, and carried a minor in Math.