“All entrepreneurs need to be optimists because there will always be people who tell them no. But there is a difference between being a naysayer and being intellectually honest.”
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“Finding a balance between optimism and intellectual honesty can propel startups into great companies and entrepreneurs into great leaders. My goal is to help entrepreneurs strike that balance, celebrating successes but also figuring out what aspect of the business is not working and then fixing it. A culture of intellectual honesty comes from open frank communications and trust. They are essential.”

Patricia Nakache, General Partner

Since joining Trinity Ventures in 1999, Patricia has focused on funding companies launching innovative online consumer and business services. She is particularly interested in the impact of social media and mobile on the next generation of Internet services.  Prior to Trinity Ventures, Patricia worked at McKinsey & Company helping enterprises in technology, financial services and retailing address their strategic and operational issues. Previously, she also contributed to Fortune magazine (see herefor articles) and other publications on management best practices in technology companies.  Patricia is a member of the Stanford Business School Trust Venture Capital Group. 

Internet Services, Digital Media

M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business
A.B., Physics and Chemistry, Harvard University

Active investments
EAT Club
Ruby Ribbon
Weddington Way

Past investments
Affinity Labs (acquired by (CRCM)
LoopNet (LOOP)
MyNewPlace (acquired by RealPage)
PayScale (acquired by Warburg Pincus)
Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters, TRI)
UpTake (acquired by Groupon)

Articles & Events

Event Marketing: The Key To F-Commerce?  (TechCrunch)
Is the Web a Woman’s World?  (Forbes)
Why E-Commerce is Flourishing (Forbes)
VC Office Hours with Google’s Bradley Horowitz  (Video)
Considering Convertible Debt? Don’t Sell Yourself Short (TechCrunch)
What Do (Digital) Women Want? (Thought Leadership Event, detailed below)

In September, 2011, in the Design District of San Francisco, Patricia hosted a panel and networking event for entrepreneurs and senior executives marketing to women online and through mobile devices. The event was titled “What Do (Digital) Women Want?”:

What Do (Digital) Women Want? from Trinity Ventures on Vimeo.

The panel, moderated by Geoff Fowler, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, explored the growing dominance and buying power of digital women and shared insights for capitalizing on this market opportunity in the red-hot sectors of commerce, social networking and gaming. Panelists included top executives from the Internet’s biggest powerhouses as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and founders of promising startups: Josh Berman: Found and CEO, BeachMint; Darrell Cavens: Founder and CEO, Zulily; Fran Hauser: President, Digital for Time, Inc; Katie Mitic: Head of Platform Marketing, Facebook; Stephanie Tilenius: VP of Commerce, Google