Santo is a co-founder and General Partner of Spark Capital.
Santo has led Spark’s current investments in Behalf, Colu, Cybereason, eToro, Lightmatter, Nift, Velocity Markets, Owl Labs, PreVeil, Qriously, Sourcepoint, Superpedestrian, Tashtego and Uncommon. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Plaid and Quantopian.
Previously, Santo led Spark Capital’s investments in Adap.TV (AOL), Admeld (Google), CT-100/CNET (CBS), IPWireless (General Dynamics), KickApps (KIT Digital), Lexity (Yahoo), Oculus (Facebook) and OneRiot (Walmart). He served as a board member of 5Min (AOL). Santo was previously a partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV) where he led investments in BigBand Networks (NASDAQ: BBND), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola) and Groove Mobile (acquired by LiveWire).
Prior to Charles River Ventures, Santo served as president of new media for Blockbuster Entertainment (NYSE: BBI). Santo also previously co-founded BT Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm affiliated with Bankers Trust where he led successful investments in Aether Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETH), DigitalThink (NASDAQ: DTHK) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVTL).
Santo has held various engineering and management positions at Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic and Weston Instruments.
Santo holds an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from NJIT and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.