GV

GV

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

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods is a plant-based meat company making meat and dairy products that are made to look and feel like animal products by manufacturing heme, the oxygen binding molecule found in blood, using engineered yeast grown in bioreactors.

Biotechnology
Redwood City, California
Desktop Metal

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

Technology
Burlington, Massachusetts
Cockroach Labs

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

Database
Manhattan
Cloudera

Cloudera is a business enterprise founded by Christophe Bisciglia, Jeff Hammerbacher and Amr Awadallah.

Machine learning
Owkin

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.

Machine learning
New York
Rani Therapeutics

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

Biotechnology
San Jose, California
OpenDoor

OpenDoor is a real estate company based in the US.

Software
San Francisco
Vungle

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

Advertising
San Francisco
Airbnb

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

Hotel
San Francisco
Lambda School

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

Education
San Francisco
Vaccitech Limited

Vaccitech is a T cell immunotherapy company developing products to treat and prevent infectious disease and cancer

Biotechnology
Oxford
Intercom (company)

A technology company developing and providing a communications platform for web and mobile businesses to interact with customers.

Software
San Francisco
Segment (company)

Segment is a company providing a data infrastructure for businesses.

Application programming interface (API)
San Francisco
Lemonade (company)

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

Artificial intelligence (AI)
New York
LendUp

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.

Microcredit
San Francisco
Evox Therapeutics

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.

Biotechnology
United Kingdom
Plaid (company)

Plaid is a company providing businesses with tools and access to develop a digital financial system.

Software
San Francisco
Spero Therapeutics

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

Biotechnology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Lime (company)

Lime is a mobile platform that allows users to unlock its fleet of shared bikes and scooters.

Sustainability
San Francisco
Collective Health

An insurance technology offering a platform for companies to manage health insurance policies for their employees.

Insurance
San Francisco
Universe (website company)

Universe is a mobile website builder offering no code development founded in 2014 by Joseph Cohen.

Software
Brooklyn
IonQ

IonQ is a quantum computing company developing ion trap technology.

Quantum computing
College Park, Maryland
Zipline (company)

Drone delivery company

Software
Half Moon Bay, California
Udacity

An e-learning company that has a digital education platform. It was founded in 2011 and is located in Mountain View, California.

Education
Mountain View, Contra Costa County, California
Snyk

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

Software
London
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Andy Wheeler

Employee

Blake Byers

Employee

Braden Kowitz

Employee

Chris Hutchins

Employee

Christina Nyberg

Employee

Daniel Burka

Employee

Dave Munichiello

Employee

David Krane

Employee

Don Dodge

Advisor

Erik Nordlander

Employee

Eze Vidra

Employee

Graham Hancock

Employee

Jake Knapp

Employee

Jennifer Gee

Employee

Joe Kraus

Employee

John Lyman

Employee

Jon Stritar

Employee

Karim Faris

Employee

Ken Norton

Employee

Laura Melahn

Employee

Lem Diaz

Employee

M.G. Siegler

Employee

Mandy Kakavas

Employee

Maximos Lih

Employee

Rich Miner

Employee

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Further reading

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Companies

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CEO
Location
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News

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Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Connie Loizos
August 29, 2020
TechCrunch
On a surface level, the world of venture capital doesn't look to change much year to year. But in truth, the industry is very much in flux, with many firms grappling with a lack of diversity, dealing with succession questions, and confronting a growing pipeline of aging portfolio companies -- to name just a few [...]
AlleyWatch
June 13, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
AlleyWatch
May 30, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Christine Hall
May 26, 2020
Crunchbase News
Scandit's software enables users to scan inventory, using barcodes, and drill down to a certain product type, size or color that light up in augmented reality.
Lucas Matney
April 7, 2020
TechCrunch
The pandemic crisis has pushed entrepreneurs and investors into unknown territory. Google's GV just led a $10 million investment in Universe, a low-friction website builder that's venturing into the world of commerce. Mobile website builder Universe raises $10M from GV as it ventures into commerce The investment was in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic [...]
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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