Francisco Partners co-founder Sandy Robertson backs Urban Capital’s Royalty Fund


Sanford Robertson, co-founder of technology-focused private equity firm Francisco Partners, is to invest in Urban Capital of America’s Royalty Fund I.

Robertson pioneered the creation of West Coast technology banking as an industry in the late 1960s. 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.

Urban Capital of America provides growth capital to small and medium-sized businesses. The firm uses what it describes as “royalty-based financing” instead of warrants or equity, which it claims avoids stock dilution and ensures business owners retain control of their company.

“I am so pleased to have Sandy invest in our UC Royalty Fund I,” said Urban Capital Chairman and CEO, Barry 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, and the Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving.

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