Sarah SmithMenlo Park, California, United States, United States
Sarah joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2018 and primarily invests in early to mid-stage companies across a range of sectors including consumer, SaaS and marketplaces. She is based in Palo Alto and spent the last decade in leadership roles at Facebook and Quora. Sarah has been deeply involved in high-growth startups as an executive, investor and student at institutions including Quora, Facebook, Graph Ventures and Stanford. Most recently, Sarah was vice president of advertising sales and operations at Quora. She led the launch of monetization, onboarding more than 500 advertisers to the self-service ads platform. From 2012 to 2016, Sarah was vice president of human resources, recruiting, and operations scaling the company from 40 to 200 employees across all hiring from university to executive search. She built the HR and operations teams responsible for company culture, compensation, benefits, equity refreshers, performance reviews, HRIS/ATS implementation, people development, policy enforcement and content moderation. From 2008 to 2012, Sarah was in various regional and global leadership roles at Facebook. As director of online operations, she launched teams including the Austin office, mid-market account management, and the SMB growth team. Her team grew revenue to $1 billion ARR while reducing churn and increasing customer satisfaction.
Bain Capital Ventures
May 2018 - Current
Board Observer
Archive Resale
Dec 2021 - Current
Board Member
Dec 2020 - Current
Board Member
Jun 2020 - Current
Angel Investor
Various Companies
Sep 2013 - Current
Advisory Director
Nov 2017 - Apr 2018
VP, Advertising Sales and Operations
Feb 2016 - Nov 2017
Graph Ventures
Jan 2015 - May 2018
VP, Recruiting, HR, & User Operations
Aug 2012 - Feb 2016
Director of SMB Growth - North America
May 2011 - Jul 2012
Director of Online Operations and Head of Office - Austin
Mar 2010 - Jul 2012
Head of Online Sales Operations - Account Management
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Manager of Online Operations
Sep 2008 - Jan 2009
Director of New Business
Swish Marketing
Jun 2007 - Aug 2008
Summer Consultant
Boston Consulting Group
Jun 2006 - Aug 2006
Center Director
Sylvan Learning Centers
Jul 2001 - Jul 2005
Elementary Music Teacher
Madison Metropolitan School District
Jan 2001 - Jun 2001
Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
BM, Music Education
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