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FLOODGATE (venture capital firm)

FLOODGATE (venture capital firm)

U.S-based venture capital firm providing early stage funds for tech-based startups.

FLOODGATE (previously known as Maples Investments) is a venture capital firm founded by Mike Maples Jr. and Ann Miura-Ko. The firm was founded in 2006. The firm primarily operates from Palo Alto, California. As of February 2019, it is currently managing a portfolio of 133 companies, and has sold off its stakes in 105 companies. Its most recent investment was in January 2019 for Sandbox VR, a company providing virtual reality entertainment services.

Funding

FLOODGATE has provided funding for companies in the United States. The firm provides funding for companies in technology-related industries, with a focus on new media, software, e-commerce, security and big data. It primarily gives funding for companies in the seed and early stage of development. The firm has managed to amass a fund total of $401.3 million since its first funding round in January 2006. Its latest funding round was held in March 2017, collecting $131 million.

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Funded Companies

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Lyft is an American transportation network company. It designs, markets and operates a mobile application for matching drivers with passengers.

Lob is a company developing and building APIs for automating mail and customer communications with print media. It participated in the S13 cohort of Y Combinator.

Buddy Media is a social media marketing platform.

Refinery29 is a New York-based fashion company.

Kapost is a Boulder, Colorado-based company founded by Nader Akhnoukh.

Ngmoco is a San Francisco-based company founded by Neil Young.

Ensighten is a customer data tracking platform and tag management technology vendor headquartered in San Jose, California. The company sells a customer data platform which includes visitor tracking and marketing products.

A company offering a platform for booking 4-5 star hotels that allows customers to only pay for the time they need.

LabDoor a company providing an online marketplace for supplement products. It tests and ranks supplement and gives consumers scientific product reviews.

An infrastructure company for self-driving cars. It is located in Sunnyvale, California and was founded in 2017.

A company that uses virtual reality for entertainment purposes. It was founded in 2016 and is located in San Francisco, California. 

Sharethrough is a San Francisco-based company founded by Matty Mo, Brett Keintz, Robert Fan and Dan Greenberg.

Touch of Modern is a San Francisco-based e-commerce company.

Founded in 2007, Weebly is a San Francisco-based, global platform for creating a blog, website, or online store.

Pantheon is the website management platform for Drupal & WordPress sites.

Tesorio is a company providing a cash management platform streamlining B2B collections, currency exposure analysis, and cash flow forecasting with the use of machine learning.

Streak is a company providing a CRM integrated within Gmail inbox.

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People

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Ann Miura-Ko

Founder/Partner



Arjun Chopra

Partner



Iris Choi

Partner



Lori Simotas

Chief Financial Officer



Mike Maples Jr.

Founder/Partner



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By ERIN GRIFFITH
March 24, 2019
www.nytimes.com
As high-profile start-ups like Lyft, Pinterest and Uber prepare to go public, Silicon Valley venture capitalists are using the moment to shine the spotlight on themselves.

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