Deborah Farrington is a founder and general partner of StarVest Partners, 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, ecommerce and internet marketing.
StarVest was an early investor in the software-as-a-service trend: in 2000, it invested as the only venture firm in NetSuite (NYSE: N). Other noteworthy investments include MessageOne, acquired by Dell Computer; Connected, acquired by Iron Mountain; iCrossing acquired by Hearst; Insurance.com acquired by QuinStreet; and Fieldglass acquired by Madison Dearborn.
Ms. Farrington currently sits on the Boards of NetSuite (NYSE: N) where she is Lead Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee, Host Analytics, PivotLink, The Receivables Exchange, RAMP and Xignite on behalf of StarVest. She is also a director of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT) where she is Chairman of the Compensation Committee. She was a Finalist in Finance for the 2009 World Technology Awards. Ms. Farrington was named to the Forbes Midas 100 List of top venture capitalists in the United States in 2008, 2009, and 2011and was the top woman on the list in 2008 and 2011.
Prior to founding StarVest, Ms. Farrington held positions including: President and CEO of Victory Ventures, LLC, a New York-based private equity investment firm where she also served as chairman of Staffing Resources, Inc. a Dallas-based staffing firm; and Managing Director of Asian Oceanic Group, a Hong Kong-based merchant bank. 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 and Director of Planning & Human Resources of Merrill Lynch International. She began her career at The Chase Manhattan Bank.
She is a graduate of Smith College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she is a member of the Dean’s Visiting Committee. She is a Trustee and member of the Investment Committee of Smith College; a board member of the Harvard Business School Club of New York City; a member of The Committee of 200; the Economic Club of New York; and a board member of Opportunity International, a leading international micro finance organization. She is also an Advisor to Educate!, an organization based in Kampala, Uganda that provides leadership and entrepreneurship training for secondary students.