Sidebar Ventures sits at the intersection of innovation and disruption. We focus on financing emerging growth companies that are disrupting industries and providing innovative solutions targeting dynamic growth opportunities. If you are an early stage company, with an entrepreneurial management team committed to revolutionizing markets, then we would love to hear from you.

Sidebar Ventures is the successor to Sycamore Capital Partners, an innovative Merchant Bank that financed some of the world’s leading companies, including:

Pandora Media, Inc.
Oakland, CA

Pandora provides music navigation and recommendation software in which the search is based on the music itself and driven entirely by the unique tastes of each individual. Sycamore Capital financed the Series A round directly and through its association with Labrador Ventures. Following its successful initial public offering (NASD: P), Pandora was acquired by SiriusXM for $3.5 billion.


Stanford University, Department of Materials Science & Engineering Palo Alto, CA

Nanostellar, spun-out of the Stanford University Materials Science Department, was an early leader in developing advanced nanomaterial catalysts for an array of applications in the clean tech, emissions control and alternative energy industries. The Company’s core technology united three disciplines - computational nano-science, advanced synthetic chemistry and materials characterization – to reduce exhaust emissions and increase effectiveness of precious metals catalysts by 25%-30%. In addition, Nanostellar used its technology to create synthetic materials, including synthetic gold, which led to an important partnership with the World Gold Council.

In 2008, Nanostellar was named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum at Davos. This was no small achievement since previous winners of the Davos Technology Pioneers award included Google and Spotify.

Robert Scott, founder of Sidebar Ventures, previously served as interim CFO of Nanosteller under the leadership of Nanostellar interim CEO and co-founder William Miller, former Provost of Stanford University and previously co-founder of the Mayfield Fund, one of Silicon Valley’s earliest venture capital firms. Early investors in Nanostellar included 3i Ventures, Firelake Capital and Khosla Ventures. The Company was acquired in 2012.

Larkspur, CA

Founded in 2004 by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs, mFoundry became the leading provider of mobile banking and mobile payments services to the financial and retail industries before being sold to FIS Global for $120 million. Investors in mFoundry included Intel Capital, Mastercard, Motorola Mobility, PayPal, Patricof & Co, Bank of America, and Ignition Partners. Sycamore Capital was instrumental in financing the Series A Round.

Pacific Ethanol
Sacramento, CA

Pacific Ethanol was the first ethanol producer to go public, originally listing shares on the NASD through a reverse merger, an early prototype of today’s SPAC financings. Sycamore Capital was instrumental in financing the reverse merger. Pacific Ethanol is today known as Alto Ingredients and is listed on the NASD (NASD: ALTO).


Sentinel Vision
Sacramento, CA

Founded in 2002, Sentinel Vision was the first company to sell vision-based security and notification services and systems targeted at the underserved apartment market.

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