Accel

Accel

An early and growth-stage venture capital firm that powers a global community of entrepreneurs.

Accel is an early and growth-stage venture capital firm that powers a global community of entrepreneurs that is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and was founded in 1983 by Arthur Patterson and Jim Swartz. Notable investments made by Accel include: Facebook, Slack, Dropbox, Flipkart, Lynda.com, Atlassian, Braintree, Spotify, Myfitnesspal, Venmo, and Vox Media.

Investment funds

Accel XIV L.P.

On March 15, 2019 Accel completed raising $525 million for their Accel XIV L.P. fund. The fund received capital from 150 investors that remain undisclosed.

Accel Leaders Fund II L.P.

On March 15, 2019 Accel completed raising $500 million in funding for their Accel Leaders Fund II L.P. fund. The company plans on using their Accel Leaders Fund II L.P. fund to make follow-on investments in companies previously receiving funding from the companies Accel Leaders Fund II L.P. fund.

Accel Growth Fund V L.P.

On March 15, 2019 Accel completed raising $1.5 billion for their Accel Growth Fund V L.P. fund from 168 undisclosed investors.

Timeline

February 6, 2020

Deepnote, a startup that offers data scientists an IDE-like collaborative online experience for building their machine learning models, today announced that it has raised a $3.8 million seed round led by Index Ventures and Accel, with participation from YC and Credo Ventures, as well as a number of angel investors, including OpenAI's Greg Brockman, Figma's Dylan Field, Elad Gil, Naval Ravikant, Daniel Gross and Lachy Groom.

September 12, 2019

Accel and Sequoia seed Middesk with $4M to background check businesses.

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Circle (company)

Circle is a peer-to-peer payments technology company that is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville.

Bird is a company developing a vehicle sharing platform for dockless electric scooters.

Lenddo EFL offers loans underwritten by social media data to borrowers without established or robust credit histories.

Segment is a company providing a data infrastructure for businesses.

Monzo is a software development company developing mobile banking applications.

CoverFox is a Mumbai-based insurance technology company offering an online platform for managing insurance policies.

An artificial intelligence company that has developed technology for mapping services specifically focused designed for autonomous vehicles. It was founded in 2016 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

A technology company offering software development security platform using open source code.

Sentry is cross-platform application monitoring, with a focus on error reporting.

Public.com is a New York City and Copenhagen-based developer of an investing and social media platform which offers commission free investing with a social community around it.

Also known as Da-Jiang Innovations, DJI is a Chinese technology company developing and manufacturing drone and camera technology.

An automated assistant platform that manages legal paperwork for businesses, founded by Cai GoGwilt and Jason Boehmig.

Algolia is a company designing and building search and discovery API for websites and mobile apps. It participated in the W14 cohort of Y Combinator.

GoCardless is a payments company that developed global payments network based on the bank to bank payment systems. It participated in the S11 cohort of Y Combinator

Luko is a home insurance company that uses technology to streamline the process of getting home insurance and making claims. It is located in Paris, France and was founded in 2016.

Transit is a planning mobile application that is designed to help drivers navigate through 200+ cities.

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Alex Wilhelm
September 22, 2020
TechCrunch
Disrupt was just days ago, but the TechCrunch crew is continuing our regular series of public chats with leading founders and venture capitalists under the Extra Crunch Live banner. Today, we're excited to host Andrew Braccia and Sonali De Rycker from Accel. The pair of investors will join us for a live Q&A at 2 p.m. [...]
Alex Wilhelm
September 5, 2020
TechCrunch
Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It's broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading.
Peerzada Abrar
August 25, 2020
@bsindia
Accels SeedToScale platform aims to share highly-curated insights, networks and playbooks from founders, investors and operators with the startup founders
Jordan Crook
July 2, 2020
TechCrunch
The art of the pitchdeck. Few things are more critical to the success of startups seeding capital. And make no mistake, it is an art. At TechCrunch Early Stage, our two-day virtual event focused on giving entrepreneurs all the resources they need to build incredible, high-growth early stage companies, we have plenty of content dedicated [...]
Connie Loizos
June 9, 2020
TechCrunch
Wing, an early-stage, Palo Alto, Ca.-based venture firm that was formed in 2013 by veteran VCs Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg, has closed its third fund with $450 million in capital commitments. That's substantially larger than the $300 million that the firm raised for its second fund -- and it was raised entirely virtually, says [...]
Connie Loizos
May 21, 2020
TechCrunch
Run The World, a year-old startup that's based in Mountain View, Calif., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan, just nabbed $10.8 million in Series A funding co-led by earlier backer Andreessen Horowitz and new backer Founders Fund. It's easy to understand the firms' interest in the company, whose platform features every functionality [...]
Omar Faridi
May 12, 2020
Crowdfund Insider
Fintech Firm Fiserv has reportedly increased PINless transaction limits at Accel to $100, following COVID-19 outbreak.
Jordan Crook
April 21, 2020
TechCrunch
"If your kids aren't sleeping, you aren't sleeping," says Moshi founder and CEO Ian Chambers. As mindfulness apps grow increasingly popular among adults, Moshi is looking to bring mindfulness and meditative techniques to children. The app today announced the close of a $12 million Series B financing led by Accel, with participation from Latitude Ventures [...]
Ingrid Lunden
April 17, 2020
TechCrunch
In the US, Robinhood has led the charge in upending the stock investing model through its mobile-first, minimal-step, commission free trading platform. Now, a startup out of Germany built on a similar premise is announcing a big round of funding from some top investors to continue its growth. Trade Republic -- which lets people buy and [...]
March 5, 2020
The Economic Times
Accel, an early backer of Flipkart and Swiggy, estimates that 90% of those who stepped down from the fund ended up starting their own companies.
Mike Butcher
February 26, 2020
TechCrunch
Excitement for The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is hotting up. Here are the first wave of speakers and judges -- and more are coming! The Awards - which have been running for over 10 years - will be held on 25 June 2020 in London, U.K. on the front lawn of the Geffrye [...]
Frederic Lardinois
February 6, 2020
TechCrunch
Deepnote, a startup that offers data scientists an IDE-like collaborative online experience for building their machine learning models, today announced that it has raised a $3.8 million seed round led by Index Ventures and Accel, with participation from YC and Credo Ventures, as well as a number of angel investors, including OpenAI's Greg Brockman, Figma's [...]
Connie Loizos
December 26, 2019
TechCrunch
If you haven't noticed, Europe's startup scene is in full bloom, with more than $30 billion deployed in startups across the continent over the last 12 months and more than 20 countries now home to a so-called unicorn company. Investors around the globe are jumping into the pool, too. Consider that the Ontario Municipal Employees [...]
Humza Aamir
December 25, 2019
TechSpot
Rolls-Royce wants to champion electrification for aerial transport and has partnered with aviation startup Electroflight and electric motor manufacturer YASA, to come up with the ionBird aircraft to test its electric propulsion system.
Steve O'Hear
December 11, 2019
TechCrunch
It was just a couple of months ago that Tines, the cybersecurity automation startup, raised $4.1 million in Series A funding led by Blossom Capital, and now the Dublin-based company is disclosing an $11 million extension to the round. This additional Series A funding is led by venture capital firm Accel, with participation from Index [...]
December 4, 2019
WebWire
vPersonalize Inc. today announced the launch of a full technology stack to turn any Dye Sublimation or Direct To Garment (DTG) operation into a complete print and fulfillment house in as little as six weeks!, , , , "Our integrated platform includes 3D visualization tools that let your sellers intuitively design, publish and manage their products in 3D, while our inbuilt commerce gateway allows your sellers to automatically create catalogs and publish them to Shopify, Magento or WooCommerce. Ou...
Reuters Editorial
December 4, 2019
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Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel said on Monday it had raised $550 million for a new India-focused fund aimed at backing early-stage startups in the country.
Kate Clark
December 4, 2019
TechCrunch
Learn from top European and U.S. venture capitalists at Disrupt Berlin next week.
Press Trust of India
November 22, 2019
@bsindia
Read more about Furniture firm CasaOne raises Rs 114 cr in series B funding led by Accel on Business Standard. CasaOne, a furniture rental company, on Friday said it has raised USD 16 million (about Rs 114 crore) in funding led by Accel.The series B round also saw participation from existing investors JLL Spark, Freestyle Capital, NextWorld Capital and
Paayal Zaveri
November 13, 2019
Business Insider
Freshwork's CEO Girish Mathrubootham sees a massive opportunity to disrupt the customer engagement market, and just raised $150M in funding.
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