Menlo Ventures

Menlo Ventures

Menlo Ventures is a venture capital investment firm based in Menlo Park.

Menlo Ventures provides capital for multi-stage consumer, enterprise and life sciences technology companies. Since 1976, the firm’s market-driven analysis has led to the identification of opportunities and successful investments in innovative markets.

Notable areas of investment include Marketplaces (Uber, Rover.com, Breather, RealtyShares, Getaround); Consumer Services (Machine Zone, Tumblr, Betterment, Poshmark, Roku, Siri); Smart Cloud Infrastructure (Dropcam, 3Par, Avi Networks, Avere Systems, eero); SaaS (Carbonite, Signifyd, Clarifai, Overops, Usermind); Fintech (Betterment, Bluevine, RealtyShares); Cybersecurity (Cavium, IronPort, BitSight, vArmour, Dedrone); and Life Sciences Technology (Synthego, Cofactor Genomics, Recursion Pharmaceuticals, 3T Biosciences).

Menlo’s portfolio includes more than 70 public companies, and more than 100 mergers and acquisitions, with $5 billion under management. The firm is currently investing in Menlo Ventures XIV, a $450 million early-stage fund, as well as its $250 million Menlo Special Opportunity Fund, which targets early-growth investments.

Menlo invests in different stages of a company’s development. They typically invest up to $20 million in the main funding round, and continue to support subsequent rounds. For later stage opportunities, they have the capacity to invest more than $30 million, focusing on capital-efficient models with the potential to disrupt huge markets.

Timeline

February 20, 2019

Menlo announced $500m Inflection Fund

Menlo Ventures announced their new Inflection Fund. The fund is intended to support maturing startups.

Funded Companies

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A bank offering online banking services with no user no bank fees, and an option to receive direct deposit up to two days early. Chris Britt and Ryan King founded Chime in 2013, and the company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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

RSA Security is a Bedford, Massachusetts-based computer and network security company.

A synthetic biology company that designs, builds and tests genetic circuits for the purposes programming cell therapies. Their first therapeutic candidates are aimed at solid tumors and blood cancer and the company plans to move beyond oncology.

Uber Technologies Inc. is a transportation network company (TNC) headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Unravel, a Palo Alto, California based company, provides full-stack visibility and AI-powered guidance to help users understand and optimize the performance of their data-driven applications.

SendHub is a company providing an online messaging system for businesses.

A company with a car-sharing platform and hardware. It was founded in 2009 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Benchling is a company based in San Francisco focusing on life science collaboration, both private and public, through creating cloud based software tools for digital DNA sequence editing, designing and running experiments, analyzing data, and sharing research.

Virool is a company providing a programmatic video marketing platform.

A company offering an enterprise workplace visitor management software platform.

A company that has created a software solution for businesses to monitor their security effectiveness. It was founded in 2011 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Online marketplace for graphic design and art

A blockchain company in New York that focuses on giving access to vital medical data.

Comprehend Systems is a technology company providing cloud software for clinical operations of pharmaceutical companies.

Warby Parker is an eyeglasses retailing company.

An insurance technology company offering a platform for on-demand insurance.

Backplane empowers organizers to create authentic communities around interest, affinities, and movements by helping people contribute and share in meaningful ways.

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People

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Adam Marchick

Employee

Christopher Gottschalk

Employee

Derek Chu

Employee

Jenny Saling

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John Jarve

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Karl Mehta

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Kirsten (Ashton) Mello

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Mark Siegel

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Nick Weaver

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Sara Adler

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Shawn Carolan

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Shervin Pishevar

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Sonja Hoel Perkins

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Sunil Raman

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Venky Ganesan

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Vineet Mehta

Employee

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Ben Adams
June 1, 2020
FierceBiotech
Regeneron is doubling down on its collaboration with gene-editing biotech Intellia as they expand into work for hemophilia A and B.
Christine Hall
May 14, 2020
Crunchbase News
Clear Labs will apply its food safety technology to help improve the availability and quality of COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
Lucas Matney
April 20, 2020
TechCrunch
After being forced to quickly shift plans and stage a remote demo day last month following the outbreak of COVID-19 stateside, Y Combinator announced today that they will officially be fully moving their next batch to a remote format. In a post today on Y Combinator's site, YC CEO Michael Seibel announced the move, "We [...]
March 23, 2020
WebWire
Enable, a modern software solution to help distributors, manufacturers and retailers manage rebates, today announced a $13 million Series A funding round led by Menlo Ventures with participation from Sierra Ventures. As part of this funding round, Menlo Ventures' Steve Sloane joins the board. , , , , Enable makes it easy for distributors to track, manage, and optimize rebates. Rebate incentives are a common industry practice, but they create complexity in the back office where setting ter...
Shannen Balogh
November 19, 2019
Business Insider
A Menlo Ventures partner told us BlueVine's focus is now growing credit products, adding banking features, and reaching "scale where it could be a large, publicly traded fintech."
Jonathan Shieber
July 24, 2019
TechCrunch
In a field where the laboratory notebook is still considered the state of the art, it's no wonder a company like Benchling, which provides software for managing life sciences research, was able to nab $34.5 million. Considering how much detailed technical work goes into the research that produces all of our great leaps forward in [...]
Kate Clark
April 13, 2019
TechCrunch
In this week's startups newsletter: Uber files its S-1, Defy Partners nabs $262M and the Vision Fund backs a travel business.
Ron Miller
April 8, 2019
TechCrunch
Fleetsmith launched in 2016 with a mission to manage Apple devices in the cloud. It simplified an IT activity that had previously been complex with help from Apple's Device Enrollment Program. Over the last year, the startup has beefed up its offering considerably, and today it announced a $3...
February 21, 2019
WebWire
BASF Venture Capital is investing $2 million into Alchemist Accelerator's fund, allocating at least half towards investments in 3D printing, agtech, material informatics, nutrition, and technology game-changers. This investment supports BASF's strategy to leverage digital technologies to drive business growth. "Alchemist has built a strong reputation for attracting the best in the digital ecosystem. We are thrilled to officially join Alchemist as a Limited Partner", said Markus Solibieda,...
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