Sanford Robertson, co-founder of Francisco Partners, is investing in Urban Capital Royalty Fund I. Urban Capital of America provides growth capital to small and medium-sized businesses. Urban uses royalty-based financing instead of warrants or equity.
Urban Capital of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that Sanford Robertson, Co-Founder of Francisco Partners, is investing in Urban Capital Royalty Fund I, validating Urban Capital’s mezzanine model that uses royalties instead of warrants.
Sanford Robertson pioneered the creation of West Coast technology banking as an industry in the late 1960s and has remained one of the industry’s most renowned participants. He served as vice president and director at Smith Barney before founding a firm that later became Montgomery Securities. In 1978, he founded Robertson, Stephens & Co, one of the most significant underwriters of IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions. After selling the company in 1998, he founded Francisco Partners, the world’s largest technology-focused private equity fund.
“I am so pleased to have Sandy invest in our U.C. Royalty Fund I,” said Urban Capital Chairman and CEO, Barry A. Wilson. “Sandy Robertson is a legend in our industry and I am proud to have him as an investor in this very important Fund.”
Robertson has had significant financing involvement in over 500 growth technology companies, including 3Com, America Online, Applied Materials, Ascend, Dell Computer, E*Trade, Siebel, and Sun. He serves on the boards of Dolby Laboratories, Pain Therapeutics, Salesforce.com and the Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving, as well as on the President’s Board at the University of Michigan.
About Urban Capital of America
Urban Capital of America provides growth capital to small and medium-sized businesses. Urban uses Royalty-Based Financing instead of warrants or equity. This approach avoids stock dilution keeping the business owners in control of their destiny. Barry Wilson, Urban Capital’s founder, has taken his 30 years of experience in the private equity arena and developed the Urban Capital strategy. Many of the Urban Capital tools and processes have been hard won lessons, born out of the problems and challenges he encountered during his investment career.