Our Culture

What you believe and what you value as an organization matters. Discover the DNA of our firm.

Our People

Get to know our teams and the stories of select staff members who share why they choose to work at Sands Capital.

News & Events

Read about some of the latest events, partnerships, and business highlights from Sands Capital.


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

Recruit Holdings is transforming the world of work through wage transparency and providing life-changing opportunities for immigrants and refugees.

Philosophy & Approach

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.

Venture & Growth Equity

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

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Michael Graninger

Managing Partner

Joined Sands Capital


Work Experience

Sands Capital (2018 - 2022)
Arlington, VA | Partner

In-Q-Tel (2014 - 2018)
Arlington, VA | Partner

Mobile System 7 (2013 - 2014)
Arlington, VA | President, Co-Founder

In-Q-Tel (2003 - 2013)
Arlington, VA | Partner

The Hunter Capital Group (2001 - 2003)
Columbia, MD | Managing Director

Friedman, Billings, and Ramsey (1997 - 2001)
Arlington, VA | Senior Vice President


San Diego State University

Salisbury State University
BS | Business Administration

Michael joined Sands Capital Ventures in 2018 as a Partner. He has more than 20 years of experience investing in, managing, financing, and developing innovative enterprise technologies. Prior to joining Sands Capital Ventures, Michael was a Partner at In-Q-Tel, a strategic investor in early-stage businesses in the artificial intelligence, computer vision, data analytics, cybersecurity, novel materials, and other spaces of potential high impact on national security. He also was the founder and President of Mobile System 7, a cybersecurity company. Previously, Michael served as Managing Director at The Hunter Capital Group, a specialized investment bank, and Senior Vice President at Friedman, Billings, and Ramsey where he focused on IPOs, M&A advisory, and private placements. Michael received a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Salisbury State University and a MBA from San Diego State University.

Business Perspectives
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