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Google Ventures

A corporate venture capital firm in California that focuses on life sciences, consumer, and frontier technology sectors.

Google Ventures is a corporate venture capital firm in California that focuses on life sciences, consumer, and frontier technology sectors. Founded 2008 in Mountain View, California, United States by Bill Maris and Wesley Chan, it invests in early stage ventures, late stage ventures, series B, series A, series C, and seed rounds. Its portfolio companies include Cohesity, Podium, Universe, Impossible Foods, and Element Science. As of April 2020, GV has made 684 investments. Their most recent investment was on April 7, 2020, when Podium raised $125M. GV has had 143 exits. GV's most notable exits include Uber, Plaid, and HubSpot. GV has raised a single venture fund, GV European Fund. This fund was announced on July 9, 2014 and raised a total of $100M.

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

February 9, 2021
GV leads $15 million funding round in 'Nothing' the new venture of Carl Pei.

October 3, 2019
CEO David Krane suggests GV could sell the rest of its Uber stake at the end of its lockup period.
2008
Founded

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

CEO & Managing Partner

David Krane

Employee

Don Dodge

Advisor

Erik Nordlander

Employee

Eze Vidra

Employee

Graham Hancock

Employee

Jake Knapp

Employee

Jennifer Gee

Employee

Joe Kraus

Partner

Joe Kraus

Employee

John Lyman

Employee

Jon Stritar

Employee

Karim Faris

General Partner

Karim Faris

Employee

Ken Norton

Employee

Krishna Yeshwant

General Partner

Laura Melahn

Employee

Lem Diaz

Employee

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Companies

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Alkira

Cerevance

Element Science

Podium

Ripcord

SambaNova Systems

Stripe

Universe

Verana Health

News

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Author
Date
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Description
Ingrid Lunden
September 28, 2021
TechCrunch
After rebranding from White Hat and raising $44 million earlier this year, tech apprenticeship startup Multiverse has raised another round of funding. The company today announced that it has closed $130 million in a Series C round. The funding had been rumored in recent weeks while the round was being closed. D1 Capital Partners and [...]
Connie Loizos
August 23, 2021
TechCrunch
Deena Shakir is a partner at Lux Capital, where she looks to invest in technologies that are streamlining analog industries while also improving lives and livelihoods. Among the companies she has backed, for example, are Shiru, which is leveraging computational design to create enhanced proteins to help feed the world; and AllStripes, which aggregates and [...]
Heather Landi
July 11, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Lyra Health pulled in $200 million for mental health, Livongo founder Glen Tullman's latest venture scores $58 million and other funding news in June.
Kindbody
June 25, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Kindbody, the leading fertility and family-building company, today announced it raised $62 million in Series C funding. The round was led by...
Neo4j
June 17, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Neo4jR, the leader in graph technology, announced today a Series F funding round as part of a $325 million investment led by Eurazeo (RF:PA)...
Heather Landi
June 16, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Startup Brightline scored $72 million to fuel the national expansion of its virtual behavioral health solution designed specifically to support children, teenagers, and their families. The Silicon Valley company has lined up notable investors including GV, Optum Ventures, Oak HC/FT, Blue Shield of California and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Conor Hale
May 25, 2021
FierceBiotech
Clear Labs is looking to put down new roots in the fight against COVID-19 by pivoting its genomic testing tech previously aimed at catching salmonella and listeria before they reach the dinner table.
Danny Crichton
May 20, 2021
TechCrunch
GPS is one of those science fiction technologies whose use is effortless for the end user and endlessly challenging for the engineers who design it. It's now at the heart of modern life: everything from Amazon package deliveries to our cars and trucks to our walks through national parks are centered around a pin on [...]
Nick Paul
April 27, 2021
FierceBiotech
GV has hired serial biotech chairman Dan Lynch as its first executive venture partner. The appointment positions Lynch to serve as a coach and adviser to executives at GV's portfolio companies.
Ingrid Lunden
April 13, 2021
TechCrunch
Artificial intelligence technology holds a huge amount of promise for enterprises -- as a tool to process and understand their data more efficiently; as a way to leapfrog into new kinds of services and products; and as a critical stepping stone into whatever the future might hold for their businesses. But the problem for many [...]
Anthony Ha
April 12, 2021
TechCrunch
One of the best parts of TechCrunch Disrupt is the Startup Battlefield competition, and one of the most important pieces of the Startup Battlefield is our lineup of expert judges -- they're the ones the founders are trying to impress. Once the demos and presentations are done, the judges need to think quickly and ask [...]
Reza Chowdhury
April 7, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Reza Chowdhury
April 6, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Peerzada Abrar
February 9, 2021
@bsindia
The funding would help Nothing to release its first smart devices in the coming months.
Nate Lanxon | Bloomberg
February 9, 2021
@bsindia
The Nothing founder left OnePlus last year to focus on his new company
Connie Loizos
December 15, 2020
TechCrunch
Deena Shakir joined Lux Capital as a partner last year after spending seven years with Google, the last of them with GV, Google's venture unit. While Shakir seems to fit right in with the firm -- known for its wealth of PhDs and moonshot investments -- venture wasn't something she was focused on as a [...]
AlleyWatch
December 6, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Melia Russell
November 24, 2020
Business Insider
All year, Business Insider published lists of rising startups, which featured over 350 companies. We went back and chose our top 100 from that crop.
AlleyWatch
October 8, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
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