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The VC Fund formerly known as Google Ventures. GV provides venture capital funding across fields of life science, enterprise technology, consumer products and services and frontier technology.

Launched as Google Ventures in 2009, GV is the venture capital arm of Alphabet, Inc. The VC fund has invested in more than 300 companies across the fields of life science, healthcare, artificial intelligence, robotics, transportation, cyber security, and agriculture. GV’s team consists of engineers, designers, physicians, scientists, marketers and investors which work together to provide support to startups. 



GV is described as an independent fund managing money for one limited partner, Google parent Alphabet. As of 2017 the company has $2.4 billion in assets and aims to deploy about $500 million every year to promising tech startups. GV has said that it aims to be a pure venture firm driven by financial returns rather then for investing in startups that help Google’s other business units. 

Timeline

October 3, 2019

CEO David Krane suggests GV could sell the rest of its Uber stake at the end of its lockup period.

Funded Companies

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

Cockroachs Labs is the New York based company behind Cockroach DB, an open source, distributed SQL database.

Owkin is a medical treatment and therapeutics company founded by Thomas Clozel. They develop artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to augment and develop medical and biological research.

A company developing biotherapeutics for the delivery of large drug molecules, peptides, proteins and antibodies

Vungle (Vungle, Inc.) is startup which powers video advertisements inside of mobile apps and games.

U.S-based e-learning platform teaching coding, UX, and data science.

Airbnb provides an online platform for listing, searching and booking rental accommodations.

Segment is a company providing a data infrastructure for businesses.

An insurance technology company using artificial intelligence and behavioural economics to offer home and renters insurance.

An exosome therapeutics company founded in 2016 and based in Oxford, UK, that uses exosomes to deliver small and large molecule therapeutics. The company has a proprietary technology to modify exosomes to target specific organs such as the brain and central nervous system.

A biopharmaceutical company that develops treatments for multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacterial infection

A technology company offering software development security platform using open source code.

A company developing science-based products and services for the health, safety and emotional well-being of children and parents.

IonQ is a quantum computing company developing ion trap technology.

A therapeutics company founded in 2016 working in drug discovery and development using fungi. LifeMine uses genomics approaches to search for biosynthetic genes in eukaryotic microbes for the discovery of naturally inspired drugs to treat previously untreatable and significant chronic diseases.

GitLab is a web-based open source Git repository manager and collaboration platform with wiki and issue tracking features and built-in CI/CD.

Airware is an enterprise drone analytics company that enables businesses to harness aerial data and integrate it with existing information and workflows to improve efficiency, productivity and safety. The company provides aerial insights drone solutions for insurance, mining, construction and other industry.

Rodin Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease that is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was founded in 2013 by Ankit Mahadevia and Martin Jefson.

Viz.ai is a healthcare startup that uses artificial intelligence to identify early signs of stroke.

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Andy Wheeler

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Blake Byers

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Braden Kowitz

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Chris Hutchins

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Christina Nyberg

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Daniel Burka

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Dave Munichiello

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David Krane

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Don Dodge

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Erik Nordlander

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Eze Vidra

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Graham Hancock

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Jake Knapp

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Jennifer Gee

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Joe Kraus

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John Lyman

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Jon Stritar

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Karim Faris

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Ken Norton

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Laura Melahn

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Lem Diaz

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M.G. Siegler

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Mandy Kakavas

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Maximos Lih

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Rich Miner

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Jonathan Shieber
February 5, 2020
TechCrunch
If the two-year old healthcare startup Verana Health has its way it could become the Google for physician generated healthcare data. The company has raised $100 million from GV (one of the corporate investment arms of Alphabet, the parent company of Google), Bain Capital Ventures, Casdin Capital and Define Ventures and counts the famous life [...]
By Ryan Morrison For Mailonline
January 17, 2020
Mail Online
SpinLaunch, a California based space startup, has been given £27m ($35m) in funding by investors including Airbus to continue creating a new type of launcher.
Connie Loizos
October 3, 2019
TechCrunch
Today at TC's Disrupt show in San Francisco, we took the stage with David Krane, a longtime veteran of Google and its venture arm GV who who took the reins as CEO of GV three years ago but hasn't spoken publicly since despite knowing every reporter in Silicon Valley. We asked him why he's been [...]
Sarah Buhr
June 13, 2019
TechCrunch
There are numerous challenges to finding effective treatments for mental disorders. However, BlackThorn Therapeutics, a neurobehavioral health company using machine learning to create personalized medicine for mental health, is betting its technological approach to finding drugs that work will put it ahead of the competition. Lucky for them, GV and other biotech investors have shown [...]
May 30, 2019
WebWire
Firefly, the company connecting people, governments, and businesses with its dynamic smart media platform, today announced a $30 million Series A led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) with participation from NFX. The new investment will fuel Firefly's growth, supporting expansion to more communities, and driving continued innovation in digital display. In tandem, the company is announcing its acquisition of the digital operations of STRONG Outdoor, marking its expansion to New York Ci...
Ingrid Lunden
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TechCrunch
As tech companies continue their race to control the smart home, a promising energy startup has raised a round of funding from traditionally-tech and strategic investors, for a geothermal solution to heat and cool houses. Dandelion Energy, a spinout from Alphabet X, has raised $16 million in a Seri...
Olivia Zaleski
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DealStreetAsia
Bowery is part of a new crop of agriculture technology startups growing leafy greens in controlled environments near cities.

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