Felicis Ventures

Felicis Ventures

U.S-based global venture capital firm investing on companies from seed-stage to later-stage.

Felicis Ventures is a venture capital firm founded in 2006. The firm was established by Aydin Senkut. The firm is based in San Francisco, California. As recent as February 2019, the firm is currently holding 133 companies in its portfolio and has sold off their shares in 141 companies. The company that is recently funded by Felicis Ventures is Untitled Labs – in January 2019 – which is a platform designed for companies that are developing consumer application products.

Funding

Felicis Ventures has provided funding for startups that are operating from Europe, Asia, as well as North and South America. The firm has invested in a range of technology-based startups, from e-commerce to energy conservation. It prefers to fund startups that require financing on seed-stage up to Series C. With its sixth round of funding series held in June 2018, the firm’s currently managing a fund total of $708.6 million. By February 2019, this funding round has also raised the highest amount in a single series, which was $270 million. It is almost 8 times the amount of funding that they raised during their first funding series in 2010.

Timeline

2018
Felicis Ventures Fund VI

$270M Fund

2016
Felicis Ventures Fund V

$200M Fund

2014
Felicis Ventures Fund IV

$120M Fund

2012
Felicis Ventures Fund III

$71M Fund

2010
Felicis Ventures Fund II

$41M Fund

2006
Felicis Ventures Fund I

$4M Fund

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Ginkgo Bioworks

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

A microventure capital firm and syndicate in California that focuses on seed and early stage investments.

CodeSignal is developing a skills-based assessment platform for unbiased hiring within companies.

OpenDoor is a San Francisco-based real estate technology company offering virtual and streamlined real estate buying and selling founded in 2014 by Keith Rabois, Eric Wu, JD Ross and Ian Wong.

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.

Guardant Health is a Redwood City, California-based biotechnology company developing precision oncology treatments.

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

InCountry is a San Francisco-based data residency-as-a-service platform that enables global data compliance for international business.

Dollar Shave Club offers a monthly membership service that delivers stainless steel razor blades and other personal grooming products to customers by mail.

Wild Earth is a biotechnology company using cellular agriculture to produce high-protein pet food.

Zipline is an automated logistics company that designs, manufactures, and delivers medical products.

Airware is a San Francisco-based company founded in 2011 by Jonathan Downey.

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.

An insurance technology company offering automobile insurance at a base rate combined with payments for miles driven.

A software company providing a blog comment hosting service for websites.

A women's bra and underwear company. It was founded in 2013 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Synthetic biology company that uses AI, DNA synthesis, and robotics to discover biological molecules.

InteraXon develops and produces brain-sensing technology such as the Muse headband, an EEG device that interprets mental activity and aims to help with meditation and promote calmness.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Felicis Ventures III, L
52,000,000
52,000,000
May 18, 2012
30,000,000
15,937,500
June 11, 2010
270,000,000
270,000,000
August 1, 2018
96,446,701
96,446,701
August 6, 2014
505,000,000
505,000,000
March 2020
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Aydin Senkut

Founder/Managing Director

Dasha Barannik

Employee

Grace Chou

Venture Investor

Guergana Tomova

Employee

Jack Abraham

Advisor

Kristin Beach

CFO & Partner

Nick Baum

Employee

Sundeep Peechu

Managing Director

Wesley Chan

Managing Director

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News

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Date
Publisher
Description
AlleyWatch
April 6, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Mike Butcher
March 23, 2021
TechCrunch
Insuretech startup Counterpart, has raised $10 million in funding led by Valor Equity Partners. Also participating was Susa Ventures and Felicis Ventures. Counterpart works in the 'management liability' insurance market. Counterpart will also partner with Markel Specialty, a specialty insurance division of Markel Corporation, to offer its management liability insurance products. Insuretech startups like Oscar, [...]
Mike Butcher
March 23, 2021
TechCrunch
Insuretech startup Counterpart, has raised $10 million in funding led by Valor Equity Partners. Also participating was Susa Ventures and Felicis Ventures. Counterpart works in the 'management liability' insurance market. Counterpart will also partner with Markel Specialty, a specialty insurance division of Markel Corporation, to offer its management liability insurance products. Insuretech startups like Oscar, [...]
Jonathan Shieber
February 26, 2021
TechCrunch
A little less than three years ago at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View, Calif. the founders of a young company hailing from Cambridge, England addressed a crowd of celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs at Y Combinator's August Demo Day promising a revolution in food science. Over the years, the event has become a relatively [...]
Connie Loizos
February 23, 2021
TechCrunch
Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter software by January AI, a four-year-old, subscription-based startup that in November began providing personalized nutritional and activity-related suggestions to its customers [...]
Jordan Crook
February 8, 2021
TechCrunch
Aydin Senkut is a Swiss Army knife of an investor. He has been on the Midas List for the past seven years, with early investments in companies like Shopify, Rovio, Fitbit, Ayden, Credit Karma, SoundHound and more. One such investment is Guideline, an enterprise tech company focused on giving small businesses a simplified way to [...]
Nayya
January 14, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Nayya, the leading insurance benefits experience and management platform, today announced that it has closed $11M in Series A funding led by...
Natasha Lomas
December 3, 2020
TechCrunch
Ultimate.ai, a virtual customer service agent builder, has closed a $20 million Series A round of funding, led by Omers Ventures with participation from Felicis Ventures and existing investors HV Capital, and Maki.vc -- bringing its total raised to date to $25M+. The European startup's flagship claim for the data-ingesting bot-builder platform is it's capable [...]
AlleyWatch
October 10, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
AlleyWatch
September 7, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Connie Loizos
March 11, 2020
TechCrunch
Felicis Ventures, the early-stage, Menlo Park-based venture firmed founded nearly 15 years ago by Aydin Senkut, has closed its seventh and newest fund with $510 million in capital commitments. That's almost twice what Felicis raised for its last fund, which had initially closed in 2018 with $270 million in capital commitments but wound up garnering [...]
Connie Loizos
September 12, 2019
TechCrunch
Felicis Ventures has, in its roughly 13 years of existence, established a reputation in venture circles as a smart early-stage investment firm that's willing to make bets almost anywhere in the world. Founded by ex-Googler Aydin Senkut, the San Francisco-based firm has also demonstrated a knack for attracting talented investors into the fold, including another [...]
July 18, 2019
WebWire
SAN FRANCISCO -- July 18th, 2019 -- InCountry, the first Data-Residency-as-a-Service platform, has raised $15 million in Series A funding led by Arbor Ventures of Singapore, Global Founders Capital of Berlin, and Mubadala of Abu Dhabi, with participation from previous investors including Caffeinated Capital, Felicis Ventures,
May 2, 2019
WebWire
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- May 2, 2019 -- InCountry, the first data residency-as-a-service platform, today announced the launch of its service and first product offering. The company is also announcing $7 million in seed funding from Caffeinated Capital, Felicis Ventures, Ridge Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Charles River Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Parade Ventures, MState, and a series of angel investors. Already operating in 50 countries, the funding will be used to grow the...

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