Deborah A. Farrington,
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Deborah Farrington is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of StarVest Partners, LP, a New York City-based venture capital firm founded in 1998. StarVest invests in technology-enabled business services companies with a focus on software-as-a-service (“SaaS”), data & analytics and internet marketing. Ms. Farrington is an experienced investor in business services and consumer products, spanning both private equity, growth and venture investing over the last three decades. As well, she is an experienced financial services executive, having held management and operating positions in investment and commercial banking; and she has been a director of many private and public companies over the last 25 years.
StarVest was an early investor in the software-as-a-service trend: in 2000, Ms. Farrington led the firm’s investment as the only venture investor in NetSuite, the leader in SaaS ERP (enterprise resource planning). Other noteworthy investments include: Insurance.com, the first online insurance exchange acquired by QuinStreet; and Fieldglass, the pioneer in contract labor software, acquired by a private equity firm and then by SAP for $1 billion.
On behalf of StarVest, Ms. Farrington sits on the boards of CrowdTwist, Host Analytics, Snag-A-Job, Take the Interview and Xignite. She was Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of NetSuite (NYSE: N) from its 2007 IPO until November 2016 when it was acquired by Oracle for $9.4 billion, the highest price ever paid for an enterprise SaaS company. She is also a director of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) where she is Chairman of the Compensation Committee.
She has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas 100 List of top venture capitalists in the United States and was the top woman on the list in 2008 and 2011. She has been a Finalist in Finance for the World Technology Awards.
Prior to founding StarVest, Ms. Farrington held positions including: President & CEO of Victory Ventures, LLC, a New York-based multi-strategy private equity firm she co-founded where she also served as chairman of Staffing Resources, Inc., a leading regional staffing firm; and Managing Director of Asian Oceanic Group, a Hong Kong-based merchant bank where she also served as EVP and a director of publicly listed Tigera, Group, Inc. Earlier in her career she was with Merrill Lynch & Co. based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo, as an investment banker, securities analyst and member of the Operating Committee of Merrill Lynch International. She began her career at The Chase Manhattan Bank where she completed the Global Credit Training Program and served as a lending officer.
Her activities outside of work focus on a passionate devotion to women’s education and entrepreneurship and support of the arts. She is a graduate of Smith College where she is a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where she is a member of the Dean’s Visiting Committee and has endowed a “Fellowship for Women Entrepreneurs.” She is a board member of the Harvard Business School Club of New York City, a member of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a board member of the American Friends of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and a member of the Advisory Group of WQXR. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the New York Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and serves as an advisor to Educate!, an organization based in Kampala, Uganda that provides leadership and entrepreneurship training for secondary students and has taught those subjects there.