CRV, formerly known as Charles River Ventures, is a bi-coastal venture capital firm founded in 1970 that is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts. CRV is named after the Charles River located in Boston, Massachusetts, and was initially headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts before relocating its headquarters to San Francisco, California. The firm focuses on investing in early-stage startups in the fields of enterprise, consumer, and deep insight bioengineering. Charles River Ventures rebranded to CRV in 2014 shortly after raising their 16th investment fund.
The company invests in ideas and startups using the concept of equality with the entrepreneurs leading each company. As per CRV's manifesto, partnerships are built with equal title, pay, carry, and votes with every investment. The partners of the firm will form deal teams where a few partners asses companies and decide if they want to pitch the company to the rest of the CRV team. If a deal team decides to pitch a company to the rest of the CRV partners, any CRV partner that takes out their mobile device for any reason during a pitch is fined $10,000.
Notable investments found in CRV's portfolio include Twitter, Zendesk, Amgen, Hubspot, Equallogic, Yammer, Airtable, Bird, Millennial Media, Netezza, EqualLogic, and Parametric Technologies.CRV added growth ventures to the company in 2018 in an attempt to invest in exclusive companies as they mature. From 2004 to 2014 CRV had 8 exits with over $1 billion valuations or above, and as of August 2019 the firm has made a total of 479 investments, 121 lead investments, and 121 exits. CRV has made 657 investments and 260 exits since the company was founded in 1970.
In 2017 CRV raised their first dedicated growth equity fund worth $400 million that was led by General Atlantic. In 2018 CRV chose to scrap their dedicated growth equity fund, and raise their 17th fund worth $600 million with $150 million for allocation into growth equity. After CRV scraped their dedicated growth equity fund and completed raising their 17th investment fund they released the following public statement:
CRV is one of first firms in country to raise a 17th fund and we are incredibly honored by the support from the two audiences that matter most: Entrepreneurs and LPs. The new fund allows us to execute on our continued early-stage focus but with an additional mandate to invest in very selective growth opportunities we believe can drive venture returns.
Charles River Partnership XIII
April 1, 2007
Charles River Partnership XIV
March 30, 2009
Charles River Partnership XV
February 28, 2012
Charles River Partnership XVI
July 7, 2014
May 11, 2018
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Associated investment funds
Mathew G. Johnson
A VC firm redesigned its website to say 'F*ck Trump'
August 24, 2016
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June 9, 2017
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November 5, 2018
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Charles River Ventures
June 14, 2010
Charles River Ventures Raises $320 Million For Its Fourteenth Fund
March 30, 2009
Charles River Ventures Raises $375 Million For Its 15th Fund
February 28, 2012
Charles River Ventures Raises $393 Million For Its 16th Fund
July 3, 2014
Charles River Ventures Wins Big On Zendesk's IPO, But For Boston Venture It's Bittersweet
May 15, 2014
Charles River Ventures' Seven $1 Billion+ Wins
December 17, 2013
Chatbot Builder Drift Gets $32M from GC, Sequoia, HubSpot, CRV
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September 26, 2017
CRV announces $600M fund, focuses on growth investing
May 11, 2018
CRV hires Anna Khan as a general partner focused on enterprise
July 31, 2019
CRV leads $5 mln round for Standard Cognition - PE Hub
October 10, 2017
CRV XVII: 48 Years of History and a New Chapter
May 11, 2018
Exclusive: CRV scraps growth equity fund it had already raised
May 11, 2018
How A Boston Venture Capital Firm Grew Into A Silicon Valley Powerhouse
February 27, 2014
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May 13, 2011
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May 20, 2017
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November 1, 2006
Documentaries, videos and podcasts
- Startups - George Zachary of Charles River Ventures - TWiST #237
March 1, 2012
George Zachary (Charles River Ventures) at Startup Grind 2014
February 4, 2014
George Zachary (Charles River Ventures) at Startup Grind San Francisco
September 18, 2012
Mistakes to Avoid When Scaling Your Startup - Box, GoodData, Lightspeed VP, Charles River Ventures
October 7, 2013
The Yammer Story with David Sacks, Emergence Capital Partners, and Charles River Ventures
January 10, 2013
Watch Your Step, Giants Ahead George Zachary, Charles River Ventures Eric Migicovsky, Pebble
February 11, 2015