Sapphire Ventures, a Palo Alto, CA-based venture capital firm, hired Paul Levine as partner.
In this role, Levine will lead direct investments for the firm and help expand its consumer investing footprint. He joins Sapphire’s direct investment team, focusing on expanding the consumer investments portfolio, which includes investments in 23andMe, DocuSign, Fitbit, LinkedIn (acquired by Microsoft), Paytm, Sun Basket, Ticketfly (acquired by Pandora) and TransferWise.
Levine will also invest in high-growth marketplace, fintech and real estate technology companies.
Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, he held executive leadership roles at E*TRADE, Yahoo! (acquired by Verizon), Trulia and Zillow Group. Most recently, as Trulia’s president and COO.
Led by Nino Marakovic, CEO and managing director, Sapphire Ventures is a venture capital firm investing capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. It has $2.5 billion under management via direct growth investments and early-stage fund investments.