Data Collective

Data Collective

A seed and Series A technology and artificial intelligence-focused venture capital firm. It is located in San Francisco, California and was founded in 2011.

Firm Overview

Data Collective is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that uses deep technology with the intention to transform industries. It invests in entrepreneurs building Big Data companies. The big data companies capture, store, secure, transmit, transform, and analyze data for economic advantage, either with huge volumes (terabytes to exabytes), or at tremendous speed (microseconds to seconds), or both.


Data Collective was founded in 2012 and is based in San Francisco, California with an additional office in Palo Alto, California. Data Collective's leaders have been investing for two decades, with over 150 companies and 40 material exits to date for entrepreneurs and investors.


Data Collective DCVC has made 340 investments. One of their investments was on Apr 2, 2019, when they invested $11.9M in Medical Informatics Corp. Data Collective DCVC has $14.9M in estimated revenue annually and competes with IA Ventures and Hyperplane Venture Capital.

Data Collective is a venture capital firm specializing in seed, growth capital, growth stage, Series A, and early-stage investments. The firm seeks to invest in key data and algorithmic technologies, deep compute, fintech, big data, IT infrastructure, analytics, and data space companies. In the infrastructure sector, the firm focuses on storage, security, and management systems. It also considers investments in vertical-focused apps in areas like lending, travel, customer service, and medical research. The firm seeks to invest in and holding equity and equity-oriented securities of privately-held companies in communications, information technology and technology-related fields, including big data infrastructure, analytics, data services, and vertical market opportunities.


The venture capital fund focuses on investing in companies that have computable data that creates defensibility for the company and promising returns in terms of both economic and human impact. Entrepreneurs and start-ups can gain investment from the company if their entities are within the scope to their vision and investors' expectations.

Data Collective invests in fields such as applied artificial intelligence, computational biology, cybersecurity, industry and transportation, and smart agriculture. Notable companies in Data Collective's portfolio include LendUp, planet, and rigetti.


April 5, 2019
DCVC filed Form D

The paperwork indicated the firms intent to raise up to $575m for DCVC V, L.P., the funds fifth venture fund.

April 2, 2019
Medical Informatics Corp


Funded Companies

Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks is a biotechnology company using machine learning techniques and lab automation to engineer microorganisms as a service.

Desktop Metal is a Burlington, Massachusetts-based metal 3D printing company founded in 2015 by Ric Fulop, Jonah Myerberg, and Ely Sachs.

Zymergen, founded in 2013 and located in Emeryville, California, is a technology company providing organisms engineering services. Their biotechnology labs rely on advanced manufacturing technologies, machine learning techniques, and genomics to accelerate the design, build, test cycle of microorganisms.

A company offering an analytics platform for business, data science, and data engineering. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

A biotechnology company that has built a robotic cloud lab which allows on-demand services for biology laboratories.

Recursion Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology and data science company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, founded in 2013, that combines biology with artificial intelligence for drug discovery. Using human cell models of diseases, Recursion captures microscopic images to build biological datasets and computational techniques identify disease-associated.

Vancouver-based company focused on antibody discovery for therapeutics and immune profiling for vaccine research.

Factual is a Los Angeles-based location data company offering users business growth data.

A company developing a cloud-based collaboration platform for professional teams to build software specific to their line of work or particular project. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Horizon Quantum Computing is a Singapore-based company developing quantum software development tools founded in 2018.

LendUp is a company building credit products that cater people with low credit or volatile income. It participated in the W12 cohort of Y Combinator.

A company using RNA to diagnose disease and to develop biomarkers that predict treatment outcomes. Cofactor is founded by Jarret Glasscock.

A molecular diagnostics company developing novel blood-based early detection and disease monitoring tests based on analyzing circulating cell-free messenger RNA (cf-mRNA) in blood samples to monitor organ function.

HelixNano is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology and artificial intelligence company founded in 2013 by Hannu Rajaniemi and Nikolai Eroshenko.

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Further reading


DCVC Targets $575 Million For Fifth Flagship Venture Fund, Filings Show


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