Santo Politi is a Founder and General Partner of Spark Capital. He has led Spark’s investments in Behalf, COLU, Convert Media, Cybereason, eToro, Genie, Orchard, Qriously, Pixie, Sourcepoint, Storenvy, and Triggit. He also led Spark’s previous investments in Adap.TV (acquired by AOL), Admeld (acquired by Google), CT-100/CNET (acquired by CBS), IPWireless (acquired by General Dynamics), KickApps (acquired by KIT Digital), Lexity (acquired by Yahoo!), Oculus (acquired by Facebook), and OneRiot (acquired by Walmart). He served as a board member of 5Min (acquired by AOL) and thePlatform (acquired by Comcast).
Santo was previously a Partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV) where he led investments in BigBand Networks (NASDAQ: BBND), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola) and Groove Mobile (acquired by LiveWire).
Prior to Charles River Ventures, Santo served as President of New Media for Blockbuster Entertainment (NYSE: BBI).
Santo also previously co-founded BT Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm affiliated with Bankers Trust where he led successful investments in Aether Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETH), DigitalThink (NASDAQ: DTHK) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVTL).
Santo previously held various engineering and management positions at Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic and Weston Instruments.
Santo holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from NJIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.