Sarah Cone

Founder & Managing Partner

Sarah Cone is the founder and Managing Partner of Social Impact Capital.

Prior to founding Social Impact Capital, Sarah was a consultant to i(x) investments, an impact investing firm founded by Howard Buffett. Earlier in her career, Sarah was an Associate at Illuminate Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund with top decile performance investingĀ in B2B SaaS. She got her start in venture capital working for the “emerging technologies” venture capital group at Omidyar Network.

Sarah has also worked in the legal department of Google, at the technology law firm Fenwick & West,, and at the technology policy non-profit Public Knowledge.

Sarah has a BA in interdisciplinary studies from the Evergreen State College and a JD from UC Berkeley. During law school she was a part of a Technology Policy Working Group with human rights NGOs, Google, Yahoo and other tech companies trying to find solutions for protecting human rights in China. She also volunteered for the C.A.R.C. Asylum Law Clinic helping represent people seeking asylum in the United States. At UC Berkeley, Sarah won the Advocacy Award for persuasive writing, the Jurisprudence Award for academic excellence, and her thesis “Reforming Federal Tax Policy to Support Social Entrepreneurs” received honors.

Sarah founded the “One Person at a Time Foundation”, which helps get the homeless of the street, and volunteers as a Venture Advisor to, and Defy Ventures.

Founder References

“Sarah was Advano’s very first institutional investor. She believed in my vision and was quick to follow-through on her decision to back me after doing extensive due diligence. Unlike most venture investors, she understands the science fully. The relationship grew, and she was instrumental to us being able to raise follow-on funding, making key introductions and communicating with potential investors. Sarah also introduced us to our first customer. I would highly advise partnering with Sarah – she supports the vision and understands it is about supporting the journey! She is one of our favorite investors!” –Alexander Girau, Advano