As a lifelong tech geek, I thrive on finding new products and technologies that are disrupting legacy markets or defining huge new categories. It's a privilege (and a ton of fun) to partner with entrepreneurs who have the courage to chase their dreams and are relentless about building products that can change the world.Sam Fort joined DFJ in 2010, and has been actively involved with the firm's investments in Avant, Chef, Cylance, DataStax, Formlabs, Front, Outreach, SimpliVity, Sisense, Ping Identity (Vista Equity), Tumblr (Yahoo!), and Yammer (Microsoft). His areas of interest include enterprise applications, financial technology, consumer marketplaces, and products leveraging advancements in AI.
Before he joined DFJ, Sam worked with TPG Capital's technology team in San Francisco, where he focused on identifying and investing in late-stage technology businesses. Previously, Sam worked with Morgan Stanley's investment banking team focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and initial public offerings for companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors.
He received BSE and BA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied electrical engineering and economics, and also played for Penn's nationally ranked club volleyball team.
Sam holds an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He serves on the board of directors of America SCORES Bay Area, a non-profit providing after school literacy classes and team sports for Bay Area elementary and middle schools.