Join us for an evening conversation with Alan Cline, Principal at Vista Equity Partners and Heather Somerville, Technology Reporter at Reuters to discuss the rising trend of venture capital exits to private equity as well as the current private equity investment and M&A landscape.

Private equity is engaging more and more with venture backed companies when it comes to both investing in and acquiring companies. With a unique background having been a founder of a tech company as well as a long track record of tech investing, Alan will share best practices and advice for VCs and entrepreneurs on how to best prepare companies to engage with PE firms, like Vista Equity Partners.

This event is part of a new monthly event series organized jointly by Sapphire Ventures, SAP Silicon Valley, and HanaHaus. Each event will bring together pioneers and thought leaders of Silicon Valley to discuss significant trends in the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and technology. We look forward to welcoming you to our first event on September 24.

Event Agenda:
• 6:00pm-6:30pm – Check-in and Networking
• 6:30pm-7:15pm – Fireside Chat with Alan Cline and Heather Somerville
• 7:15pm-8:00pm – Closing Networking Reception


Alan Cline, Principal, Vista Equity Partners
Alan Cline originally joined Vista Equity Partners in 2001. Mr. Cline is Co-Head of the Vista Foundation Fund and sits on the Vista Foundation Fund’s Investment Committee. Mr. Cline currently sits on the boards of Allocate, Lithium, LogicMonitor, PayLease, Social Solutions, and Upserve. He was actively involved in the firm’s investments in Accruent, AGDATA, Aspect Communications, Autotask, BigMachines, Bullhorn, Kibo, Lone Wolf, Main Street Hub, MircoEdge, Mitratech, NEWSCYCLE Solutions, Relias Learning, and SRC Software.

Prior to rejoining Vista in 2008, Mr. Cline worked as a General Partner at Accretive, an innovative venture capital firm focused on high growth technology-enabled service companies. Before joining Vista in 2001, Mr. Cline co-founded and served as the General Manager of Fandango, an internet-based movie ticketing business. Prior to Fandango, Mr. Cline worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions and High Technology groups.


Heather Somerville, Technology Reporter, Reuters
Heather Somerville is a technology reporter covering startups and the venture capital industry for Reuters in San Francisco. Previously a staff writer for the San Jose Mercury News and the Fresno Bee, she has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and online news sites across the country, covering national security, politics, education, the environment and immigration. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Charlotte Observer, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Center for Investigative Reporting and others.

She is the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including the California Health Journalism Fellowship, the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative and the Berlin Capital Journalism Fulbright. She holds a MS in Journalism from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

About Sapphire Ventures:

Sapphire Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on helping innovative technology companies become global category leaders. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience and an extensive global enterprise network, Sapphire Ventures invests capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. Whether entrepreneurs sell to businesses, consumers or both, Sapphire Ventures offers a powerful platform for business development and operational excellence to help them accelerate growth. With $2.5 billion under management via direct growth investments and early-stage fund investments, Sapphire Ventures is positioned to elevate companies to the global stage.

About SAP Silicon Valley:

For nearly 25 years, SAP Labs Silicon Valley has been in the epicenter of global innovation and technology for SAP customers and partners. Today, as the largest non-US company in the Valley, SAP’s investment and influence continues to be exponential by forging tight relationships with top tech brands like Apple and Google, NVIDIA and Slack or early stage disruptors through SAP.iO. Beyond enabling this revolutionary ecosystem, SAP Labs Silicon Valley empowers customers’ digital transformation with tremendous Cloud knowledge, access to SAP Leonardo innovations, and experience in Line of Business solutions like Ariba, Concur, Hybris, and SuccessFactors and delivers award-winning, Design-Thinking-inspired User Experience capabilities and insight.