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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners

A venture capital and private equity firm focused on partnering with exceptional entrepreneurs to build high-growth market-leading companies globally.

Lightspeed Venture Partners is a venture capital and private equity firm focused on partnering with entrepreneurs to build high-growth market-leading companies globally. The firm is headquartered in Menlo Park, California and was founded in 2000 by Chris Schaepe, Barry Eggers, Ravi Mhatre, and Peter Nieh. Notable companies receiving investments from Lightspeed Venture Partners are: Snap, The Honest Company, GIPHY, Nest, GrubHub, StitchFix, Affirm, Nutanix, AppDynamics, and MuleSoft.

Investment funds

Lightspeed Venture Partners XII, L.P.

On July 10, 2018 Lightspeed Venture Partners announced closing their Lightspeed Venture Partners XII, L.P. fund with $750 million in funding. The Lightspeed Venture Partners XII, L.P. fund will be used to make seed, series A, and series B investments in early stage companies. 

Lightspeed Venture Partners Select III, L.P.

On July 10, 2018 Lightspeed Venture Partners announced closing their Lightspeed Venture Partners Select III, L.P. with $1.05 in funding. The Lightspeed Venture Partners Select III, L.P. fund will be used to make follow-on investments in companies previously receiving funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners. 

Timeline

Funded Companies

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Carta (formerly eShares) is a San Francisco based cap table management platform that offers 409A valuations, products for investors and public companies.

AppZen is a San Jose-based company that provides an AI-based auditing platform for finance teams.

Ripple is a global currency exchange and remittance network that aims to lower the cost and improve the speed of international bank transfers relative to legacy financial infrastructure.

Blend invites companies that service the mortgage industry to sell digital tools--APIs--through its platform.

OYO is a south East Asian hospitality company.

Daily Harvest is a New York City-based company founded in 2015 by Rachel Drori.

Biotechnology company using Artificial Intelligence to discover drugs by translating life sciences big data into therapies

DataStax delivers a distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra

A company developing tests for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis for IVF and non-invasive prenatal test

Gainsight, Inc. is a privately held service as a software company founded in 2009 by Jim Eberlin and Sreedhar Peddineni. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

A food company that makes cereal for adults that combines the nostalgia for childlike cereal with healthy protein. It was founded in 2019 and is located in Brooklyn, New York.

TerraVia is a food and biotechnology company making nutritional and specialty ingredients. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and was founded in 2003 by Jonathan Wolfson and Harrison Dillon.

exCater is a Boston, MA based online catering marketplace.

CloudBees is a provider of continuous delivery software services.

Vexata powers todays cognitive era applications driving predictive analytics and autonomous decisions. Discover how Vexata's Scalable NVMe Flash Storage unlocks the full potential of today's advanced solid-state media to lower the TCO of your data center infrastructure.

ScaleMP is a software vendor of a hypervisor, or virtual machine monitor, for high-performance computing applications. The company has its corporate headquarters in Fort Lee, New Jersey and its research and development facilities in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel.

BetterUp is a San Francisco-based company founded by Eddie Medina.

ShoeDazzle is a El Segundo, California-based company founded by Kim Kardashian.

Eat Club is a company founded by Kevin Yang.

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People

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Adam Zheng

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Anshoo Sharma

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Apoorva Pandhi

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Arif Janmohamed

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Beatrice Pang

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Bipul Sinha

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Brittany Dreibelbis

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Caleb Marshack

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Carl Showalter

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Catherine Surane

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Chris Adams

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David Chen

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David Gussarsky

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Demi Giannini

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Evelyn (Evie) Gillie

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Gerry Giacoman Colyer

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Jeremy Liew

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Jesse Janosov

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Justin Caldbeck

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Luke Beseda

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Lyon Wong

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Nakul Mandan

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Peter Nieh

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Rebecca Belknap

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Samer Hamadeh

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IANS
November 29, 2019
@bsindia
Read more about OYO's valuation continues to soar despite losses; hovers near $10-bn mark on Business Standard. The losses have reportedly mounted due to the rise in operating expenses fuelled by the company's aggressive expansion in overseas markets
Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
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DealStreetAsia
US VC firm Lightspeed Venture Partners has backed the $26 million Series B funding in MDClone, an Israel-based healthcare startup.
Kate Clark
July 20, 2019
TechCrunch
In this week's newsletter: Roblox's origin story, the opportunity for Oyo and WeWork's Adam Neumann's antics.
Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul
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DealStreetAsia
Singapore's GIC together with US venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture have co-led a $150-million Series D-1 round in ezCater, a catering marketplace.
Kate Clark
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TechCrunch
Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.

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