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.


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).


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

S Capital Fund I

$94 milllion

March 16, 2018

Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund V


June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital China Seed Fund I


June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital China Venture Fund VII


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


June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth Fund VIII


June 19, 2018

Sequoia Capital U.S. Scout Seed Fund III


November 13, 2017

Sequoia Capital U.S. Venture Fund XVI


June 19, 2018

Sequoia India and Southeast Asia Fund

$695 million

August 21, 2018

Sequoia Scout III

$180 million

January 16, 2018


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 Seed Fund I
June 19, 2018
Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital U.S. Venture Fund XVI
June 19, 2018
Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital India VI Fund
June 19, 2018
Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital China Venture Fund VII
June 19, 2018
Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth Fund VIII
June 19, 2018
Successfully raised the Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund V
March 16, 2018
Successfully raised the S Capital Fund I worth $94 million
January 16, 2018
Successfully raised the Sequoia Scout III Fund
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Funded Companies


YouTube is a video-sharing service owned by Google founded in 2005 by Steve Chen, Jawed Karim, and Chad Hurley.

Robinhood is a Palo Alto, California-based financial technology company founded in 2013. They offer free stock and equity trading and commission-free crypto-trading.

Dropbox is a file sharing and productivity startup created by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi in 2007.

A technology company that has developed solutions for making and receiving payments. It was founded in 2009 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Nubank is a financial technology company based in Brazil issuing, administrating, processing and transfering payments related to post-paid credit cards and equity investments.

Physna is a Cincinnati-based 3D modelling software company offering 3D models understandable by software applications for manufacturing, engineering, product design, 3D printing, augmented reality and virtual reality applications.

Personetics' self-driving finance platform for banks to anticipate a customer's personalized banking needs through artificial intelligence.

Modern Meadow is a biotechnology company using cellular agriculture and biofabrication to manufacture bioleather, "Zoa", out of cultured animal free collagen mixed with natural and man made materials.

Co-founded by creators of the Uber Michelangelo feature store, Tecton is a San Francisco-based company which enables data scientists to build a library of features and serve them in production.

A software company making a workplace email communication platform for remote and office work.

Guardant Health is a Redwood City, California-based biotechnology company developing precision oncology treatments.

Infoblox Next Level Networking brings next level security, reliability and automation to cloud and hybrid secure DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (DDI) solutions.

Bird is a company developing a vehicle sharing platform for dockless electric scooters.

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

Robust Intelligence is a Cambridge, Massachussets-based artificial intelligence company co-founded in 2019 by Harvard computer science professor Yaron Singer, Kojin Oshiba, Alexander Rilee, and Eric Balkanski.

Snapchat, a product of Snap Inc., is a free image messaging application and augmented reality platform.

A computer software company providing remote conferencing services to businesses and organizations. Zoom is a San Jose, California-based company founded in 2011 by Eric S. Yuan.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Date signed
Sequoia Capital China Principals Seed Fund I, L.P.
December 13, 2018
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Donald Valentine


Aaref Hilaly


Abheek Anand

Managing Director-India

Alfred Lin


Amy Sun


Anandamoy Roychowdhary


Andrew Reed


Anirudh Mullick


Ankiti Bose


Ash Bhoopathy


Bill Coughran


Blair Shane

Partner and Chief Marketing Officer

Bret Reckard


Bryan Schreier


Carl Eschenbach


Chad Dyer

Chief Information Officer

Chandra Narayanan

Chief Data Scientist

Chris Graff


Ciprian-Miron Patru


Diane Briones


Doug Leone


Gili Raanan


Haim Sadger


Hem Wadhar


Jaime Bott

Partner, Human Capital

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Further reading


How Does Sequoia Invest?



Sequoia Capital investor portfolio, rounds & team


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

Connie Loizos


January 16, 2018

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


April 3, 2019

Sequoia Israel Partner Raises New $100 Million Fund

Meir Orbach


March 20, 2018

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

Alyson Shontell


February 19, 2014

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


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

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