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Sequoia Capital

Sequoia Capital

Sequoia Capital is a venture capital firm that has invested in companies like Google, Apple, Cisco, YouTube, AirBnB and WhatsApp. Founded in 1972 by Donald Valentine, companies backed by Sequoia have created over $3.3 trillion dollars in market capitalization.

Sequoia Capital is a California-based venture capital firm headquartered in Menlo Park, California that was founded in 1972 by Donald Valentine. It has an aggregated public market value of over $3.3 trillion, 1244 investments, 251 exits, and 22 investment funds with a total of 15.3 billion in raised capital (as of July 2019). Sequoia Capital has offices operating in the United States, Israel, China, and India.



The company aims to invest early in companies that it deems to be "dentmakers" with the intention to aid with growing them. It invests in seed funds and helps the start-ups with the initial stages of growing a business, such as hiring engineers, product development, strategy, and introducing early customers.



It also partners with established companies that are looking for step-function growth.Sequoia Capital utilizes a scout program in which individuals are financially backed by the company and are expected to invest in early-stage start-ups so that Sequoia Capital can have an advantage when larger funding rounds occur.There are several hundred scouts working for the company, and the scouts have the benefit of keeping a portion of the profits from the companies in which they invest Sequoia Capital's finances. 

History

Donald Valentine founded Sequoia Capital in 1972. The participated in Apple's initial public offering in 1980, and made early investments of other companies that would later provide great returns for the company such as Oracle, Cisco, Yahoo, Google, and LinkedIn. Their investment success lead them to having a $1.4 trillion combined stock market value in 2014, which was equivalent to 22% of the NASDAQ at the time. In 2014, 9 investment partners (working with Sequoia Capital made it onto the 2014 Forbes Midas List recognizing the worlds top 100 technology investors; more than any other venture capital firm in the world. The 9 Sequoia Capital partners making the 2014 Midas List were: James Goetz (#1), Doug Leone (#6), Michael Moritz (#13), Alfred Lin (#26), Roelof Botha (#29), Neil Nanpeng Shen (#33), Michael Goguen (#44), Bryan Schreier (#72), and Kui Zhou (#81).

Product

In the United States, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ's total value. Industries in which the company invests include energy, finance, enterprise, healthcare, internet, technology, and mobile. Sequoia Capital also invests money on behalf of non-profits and schools, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The company also has branches in various parts of the world, including China, India, and Israel. It has had three global growth funds and the one in 2018 had a five year investment horizon. The minimum investment to join a global growth fund is $250 million.

Sequoia Capital

Sequoia Capital's branch in the United States primarily makes investments primarily in software, internet, mobile, enterprise, information technology, and e-commerce. They have raised approximately 15.3 billion in funding held in 22 (as of July 2019) different funds since their founding in 1972. 

Sequoia Capital China

The company branch in China was founded in September 2005 and its managing partner is Neil Shen. Sequoia Capital China has 31 different funds with $3 billion in total capital, 398 investments, and 51 exits (as of July 2019). The company invests in industries such as logistics, drones, biotechnology, autonomous driving, and bike-sharing. It also invests globally in eight countries outside of China. Sequoia Capital China has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and other cities throughout China.

Sequoia Capital India

Sequoia Capital India was founded in 2000, with a Southeast Asia branch following in 2012. Its managing director is Abheek Anand, who manages along with multiple other directors. This branch of the company focuses on technology, consumer, and healthcare start-ups. The branch has made 314 investments and has made 31 exits. It focuses on investments that are connected to Internet users as India has one of the highest amount of users in the world and that number is continuously growing. 

Sequoia Capital Israel

This subsidiary of the company was founded by Haim Sadger in 1999. The Israel branch of Sequoia Capital has made 151 investments, and 32 exits.  The branch invests primarily in software and enterprise software with a focus on information technology infrastructure and network security.

Associated investment funds

The following table provides information regarding venture funds of Sequoia Capital:



Venture funds of Sequoia Capital

Fund name
Amount
Date

S Capital Fund I

$94 milllion

March 16, 2018

Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund V

Undisclosed

June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital China Seed Fund I

Undisclosed

June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital China Venture Fund VII

Undisclosed

June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital China Venture VI Principals Fund

$52.2 million

October 2, 2017

Sequoia Capital Global Growth Fund III

$6 billion

June 25, 2018

Sequoia Capital India IV

$850 million

June 1, 2017

Sequoia Capital India VI

Undisclosed

June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth Fund VIII

Undisclosed

June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital U.S. Scout Seed Fund III

Undisclosed

November 13, 2017

Sequoia Capital U.S. Venture Fund XVI

Undisclosed

June 19, 2018

Sequoia India and Southeast Asia Fund 

$695 million

August 21, 2018

Sequoia Scout III

$180 million

January 16, 2018



Timeline

August 21, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia India and Southeast Asia Fund 

June 25, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital Global Growth Fund III 

June 19, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund V 

June 19, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital China Venture Fund VII 

June 19, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital China Seed Fund I 

June 19, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital U.S. Venture Fund XVI

June 19, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth Fund VIII

June 19, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital India VI Fund 

March 16, 2018

Successfully raised the S Capital Fund I worth $94 million

January 16, 2018

Successfully raised the Sequoia Scout III Fund 

November 2, 2017

$10 million Series A round for Setter co-led by Sequoia Capital and NFX.

The $10 million Series A also included Hustle Fund and Maple VC.

October 2, 2017

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital China Venture VI Principals Fund 

July 22, 2017

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital U.S. Scout Seed Fund III

June 1, 2017

Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital India IV Fund 

July 22, 2014

Top performer and most investor on the Midas List

In 2014 Sequoia Capital had the top ranked investor on the Midas List, and also had the most investors on the list compared to all other investment firms. 

September 2005

Founding of Sequoia Capital China

2000

Founding of Sequoia Capital India

1999

Founding of Sequoia Capital Israel

1972

Founding of Sequoia Capital

Associated investment funds

69 Results
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Funded Companies

218 Results
Company
Company
Description
Description
Website
Website
Industry
Industry
Location
Location
Funding rounds
Funding rounds
Dropbox is a file sharing and productivity startup created by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi in 2007.
Infoblox Next Level Networking brings next level security, reliability and automation to cloud and hybrid secure DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (DDI) solutions.
App Annie is an app market data and insights company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Orchid Labs is a company developing the open source Orchid protocol, which is a peer-to-peer network and online marketplace for selling and buying internet bandwidth.
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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.
Imimobile is a global software and solutions company that enables organisations to utilise mobile and digital technologies to communicate and engage with their customers.
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Founder



Aaref Hilaly

Partner



Abheek Anand

Managing Director-India



Alfred Lin

Partner



Amy Sun

Partner



Anandamoy Roychowdhary

Employee



Andrew Reed

Partner



Anirudh Mullick

Employee



Ankiti Bose

Employee



Ash Bhoopathy

Employee



Bill Coughran

Partner



Blair Shane

Partner and Chief Marketing Officer



Bret Reckard

Employee



Bryan Schreier

Partner



Carl Eschenbach

Partner



Chad Dyer

Chief Information Officer



Chandra Narayanan

Chief Data Scientist



Chris Graff

Employee



Ciprian-Miron Patru

Employee



Diane Briones

Employee



Doug Leone

Partner



Gili Raanan

Employee



Haim Sadger

Employee



Hem Wadhar

Employee



Jaime Bott

Partner, Human Capital



Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

How Does Sequoia Invest?

GrowthList

Web



Sequoia Capital investor portfolio, rounds & team

Dealroom.co

Web



Sequoia Capital just closed a giant new seed fund -- and here's how it works

Connie Loizos

Web

January 16, 2018

Sequoia India eyes a separate $200M fund for Surge programme - ETtech

www.ETtech.com

Web

April 3, 2019

Sequoia Israel Partner Raises New $100 Million Fund

Meir Orbach

Web

March 20, 2018

There's Only One Lucky Investor Who Got A Piece Of $19 Billion WhatsApp

Alyson Shontell

Web

February 19, 2014

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Billionaire Michael Moritz: Investing, Sequoia and Leadership

May 22, 2018

Cobalt Robotics + Sequoia: Why now?

July 11, 2018

Conversation on Philanthropy with Bill Gates and Sir Michael Moritz

November 13, 2014

Don Valentine, Sequoia Capital: "Target Big Markets"

October 11, 2010

Finding the Next Silicon Valley with Doug Leone (Sequoia Capital) | Disrupt SF

September 6, 2018

From Start @ a Startup to Thumbtack

October 11, 2014

Front + Sequoia: Why now?

January 24, 2018

Harlem Shake - Sequoia Capital

March 20, 2013

How Sequoia Capital Stays On Top | Forbes

May 8, 2013

How Sequoia Capital Stays On Top | Forbes

May 8, 2013

How to Price Your Product

February 22, 2013

Jess Lee: "Partner at Sequoia Capital and Former CEO" | Talks at Google

January 12, 2018

Michael Moritz, Partner, Sequoia Capital

February 7, 2019

NEXT Trucking + Sequoia: Why now?

April 6, 2018

Outsider Insight: Adi Tatarko

February 7, 2018

Outsider Insight: Brian Sugar

August 30, 2017

Outsider Insight: Carl Eschenbach "Simplify to scale"

February 28, 2018

Outsider Insight: Carl Eschenbach "The only number that matters"

January 24, 2018

Outsider Insight: Danny Leffel

January 17, 2018

Outsider Insight: Deepika Bodapati

December 13, 2017

Outsider Insight: Doug Leone "Hope is not a plan"

January 10, 2018

Outsider Insight: Frank Slootman "Lightning in a bottle"

February 14, 2018

Outsider Insight: Frank Slootman "What's the one thing that matters?"

November 16, 2017

Outsider Insight: Hovhannes Avoyan

August 30, 2017

Outsider Insight: James Buckhouse

March 7, 2018

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

[24]7.ai

PV Kannan

San Jose, California

Computer Software for businesses to attract customers

100 Thieves

Matthew Haag

Los Angeles, California

Esports organization

23andMe

Anne Wojcicki

Mountain View, California

Genetic testing

3Com (HPE)

Dion Weisler

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Technology products

ActionIQ

Tasso Argyros

New York CIty, New York

Distributed data engines

AdMob

Omar Hamoui

Mountain View, California

Pay-per-click advertising marketplace

Against Gravity

Nick Fajt

Seattle, Washington

Augmented and Virtual Reality Company

Agile Software



San Jose, California

Content management software

AgilOne







AirBnb

Brian Chesky

San Francisco, California

Accommodation rental platform

AirStrip







Altiscale







AMCC (MACOM)

Stephen G. Daly

Lowell, Massachusetts

Integrated circuits manufacturer

Ameritox







Amplitude







Amylin

Pascal Soriot

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Diagnostic and therapeutic products for diabetics

App Annie









Appirio







Apple

Tim Cook

Cupertino, California

Technology and devices

Arbor/Hyperion







Armis







Aruba

Keerti Melkote

Santa Clara, California

Designs mobility-defined networks for large corporations

Aspect Development







Assurex Health







Aster Data

Mayank Bawa

San Carlos, California

Big Data management for businesses

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