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At Sands Capital, we strive to hire exceptional talent who will live our values and support our efforts to deliver on our mission.

Changing market and geopolitical environments are part of the equation for long-term investors.  As active investors, we are prepared to manage through trying times.

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Fostering Long-term Thinking

Executive Managing Director and Sr. Portfolio Manager Brian Christiansen discusses the importance of candor and collaboration in a culture that promotes long-term thinking.

Transparent Work Cultures and Inclusive Opportunities

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Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that, over time, stock prices will reflect the earnings power and growth of the underlying businesses.

Our latest annual report offers a comprehensive view of how we add value through active stewardship.

Public Equity

Our newest strategy takes an unconstrained approach to seeking the best growth businesses outside of the U.S.

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Sands Capital invests in innovative businesses across all stages of the growth spectrum

Headshot Mark McGovern

Mark McGovern

Venture Partner

Joined Sands Capital


Work Experience

Ravenwill (2019 - 2021)
Orlando, FL | CEO

CA Technologies  (2016 – 2019)
Washington, DC | Vice President, Product Management

Mobile System 7 (2011 - 2016)
Bethesda, MD | CEO, Co-Founder

In-Q-Tel (2002 - 2011)
Arlington, VA | Vice President, Technology

Cigital (2000 - 2002)
Herndon, VA | Director, Technology


Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MS | Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
BS | Electrical Engineering

Mark began working with Sands Capital as an adviser in 2019 and joined Sands Capital full time in 2021. He is a respected cybersecurity industry professional with significant technical, operational and investment experience that includes developing covert and clandestine communication systems for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), serving as Director of Technology at Cigital where Mark was responsible for the company’s original security business, serving as Vice President of Technology at In-Q-Tel where Mark was responsible for In-Q-Tel’s cybersecurity investments for 9+ years, and co-founding a cybersecurity startup (Mobile System 7) that he led as CEO from inception through acquisition. Mark is a regular speaker at industry conferences, including the RSA Conference, Blackhat, and Defcon. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Mark is a licensed professional engineer and holds four US patents.

Investment Strategy
Investment Opportunities in Cybersecurity 
For 2024, we have identified eight cyber security trends that most excite us. Read how Sands Capital Ventures Partner Mark McGovern and Principal Chris Eng drew on learnings from key developments across the sector to create their vision for the year ahead.

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