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.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Lyft

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

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A digital media company focused on women and women's issues. It was founded in 2005 and is located in New York City. It was acquired by Vice Media in 2019.

Almanac is a San Francisco-based cloud-based knowledge platform for professionals to create, fork, and share open-source work documents.

A global platform for creating a blog, website, or online store. It was founded in 2007 and acquired by Square in 2018. It is located in San Francisco, California.

Chegg is a California-based company founded in 2005 by Osman Rashid, Aayush Phumbhra and Josh Carlson.

An e-learning company that has created a bootcamp for adults to gain skills necessary for careers in technology. It was acquired by Chegg in 2019. It was founded in 2012 and is located in Brooklyn, New York.

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.

Origin is a San Francisco-based additive manufacturing company designed for mass production.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Smule is a company that helps develop music creation applications that connect peo

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Floodgate Fund VI, L.P.
131,000,000
131,000,000
February 28, 2017
73,500,000
73,500,000
July 29, 2010
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Ann Miura-Ko

Founder/Partner

Arjun Chopra

Partner

Iris Choi

Partner

Lori Simotas

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Maples Jr.

Founder/Partner

Further reading

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Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Angellist

Chegg

IFTTT

Myra Labs

Pantheon

Refinery29

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
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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