Sheila is an experienced software investor, technologist and visionary, who blends her financial and strategic acumen with her deep knowledge of how software can change and grow businesses. Driven by her passion to invest in founders who are building the next generation of Enterprise Software solutions, Sheila is focused on building long-term relationships that will transform and disrupt the status quo. Her deep knowledge of the software industry enables her to fully understand the potential of new solutions and help founders get the full potential out of their solutions.
Prior to founding Tola Capital, Sheila co-owned the Enterprise IT strategy for Microsoft, leading a successful major business shift to capture revenue, share and capitalize on new computing trends, including the advent of cloud computing. She led the launch of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, now the company’s largest business at $100B in revenue.
Sheila also drove the Business and Marketing strategy for the Enterprise Application Platform for Microsoft which included flagship software solutions such as SQL Server and Visual Studio. Under her leadership, the company’s Database and Developer Platform and Tools business grew to $5 billion in annual global revenue. Sheila spent over a decade at Microsoft where other roles included Developer and Platform Evangelism, Business Management, Corporate M&A, and Strategy. Prior to Microsoft, Sheila was an investment banker for Robertson Stephens, where she closely partnered with her clients to drive financing, acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures.