Today we are thrilled to share the news that Natalie Sandman is joining Shasta as an Associate on our Enterprise team. After years as a software product leader and a startup co-founder, she’s joining the Venture Capital community and bringing along her inquisitive attitude and extremely relevant product experience. We couldn’t be more excited.
When we started our search for an Associate to help us discover the next breakout enterprise software companies, our goal was to find someone who is curious about technology and passionate about entrepreneurship. We wanted someone who would understand what it takes to build innovative products at the earliest stages of a company as well as grasp what it’s like to be a start-up founder. Natalie brings all of this to Shasta and much more.
Natalie possesses a deep sense for what it takes to build great products and the experience and perspective in many areas of software — including applications, infrastructure, big data and machine learning. She joins us from Ravelin, a London-based payment fraud detection startup, where she led its product team. Previously, she was one of the first product managers at Zenefits building out benefits, payroll, and HR products during the company’s early and hyper-growth years. She also co-founded Dabble, a mobile shopping app. Natalie received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics at Harvard College where she was also an award-winning Varsity volleyball player.
Throughout all of these experiences, Natalie’s lived the ups and downs of building startups: from the excitement of closing the first customer, to the highs of explosive growth, and the hardships of layoffs. She can empathize with founders and operators alike, and appreciates the brick-by-brick work it takes to build epic products and amazing companies.
More than anything, though, Natalie will be a fantastic fit with the Shasta team and exemplifies our culture and commitment to unwavering partnerships. Her references describe her as humble and hard working. She shares our philosophy of working tirelessly to be the very best partner for entrepreneurs along their journey of building their startups. One of her references summed up her personality in a few words: “Natalie is fearsomely smart, organized and a pleasure to work with.” We think these attributes will not only make her a fantastic addition to the Shasta team but also someone who will quickly become a great partner to entrepreneurs.