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Scott Frederick

Managing Partner

Joined Sands Capital


Work Experience

Sands Capital (2019 - 2022)
Arlington, VA | Partner

New Enterprise Associates (2015 - 2019)
Chevy Chase, MD | Partner, Head of Business Development and Federal

Automated Insights, Inc. (2011 - 2015)
Durham, NC | Chief Operating Officer

Valhalla Partners (2002 - 2011)
Vienna, VA | Founder and General Partner

FBR Technology Venture Partners (1997 - 2001)
Arlington, VA | Partner

Dean & Company (1995 - 1997)
Washington, DC | Consultant

Vinson & Elkins (1994 - 1995)
Washington, DC | Associate


Harvard Law School (1994)
Juris Doctor

Duke University (1991)
BA | Economics

Scott brings more than 25 years of experience as an investor, operator, and advisor to high-growth start-ups. Prior to joining Sands Capital, Scott was a Partner and Head of Business Development and Federal Initiatives at New Enterprise Associates, a technology-focused venture capital firm. Over the course of his career, Scott was also the COO of Automated Insights, Co-Founder and General Partner of Valhalla Partners, a partner at FBR Technology Venture Partners, a consultant at Dean & Company, and a corporate attorney at Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. Scott is also a former Director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association and co-founder of the Young Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, serving as its first President and Chairman. In 2018, Scott was profiled in a Washington Business Journal cover story which described him as “a walking Rolodex of some of the nation’s most high-powered business leaders.” Scott was also named to Washingtonian Magazine’s list of “Tech Titans” in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude.

Business Perspectives
Innovative Game Play That Is Proven, Better, and New
Boom Entertainment and its CEO, Stephen Murphy, are making sports gaming accessible—and fun—to a broader market of consumers.
Business Perspectives
Bringing Governance to AI
Navrina Singh and Credo AI are helping organizations build AI responsibly, by providing an AI governance software platform to ensure technology is fair, compliant, safe, secure, auditable, and human centered.
Frank Sands, Michael Graninger, Scott Frederick on Washingtonian Tech Titans List
The publication named the three among the 225 most innovative and important people in D.C.’s tech scene.
Investment Strategy
As AI/ML Models Become More Prevalent, So Too Must Risk Management
As advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning allow for richer analysis and insights from data, companies are investing more into the people, processes, and products that make up the AI/ML ecosystem.

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