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 India VI Fund

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 China Venture Fund VII

June 19, 2018

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

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

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
YouTube

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

Internet
San Bruno, California
Robinhood (company)

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.

Financial technology
Palo Alto, California
Instagram

Instagram is a Menlo Park based photo-sharing social media platform.

Photography
Menlo Park, California
Dropbox

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

Web hosting service
San Francisco
FireEye

Fireeye, inc. is a Milpitas, California-based publicly listed network security company

Security
California
Square (company)

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

Software
San Francisco
Nubank

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

Microcredit
São Paulo
Klarna

Klarna is a financial technology company providing e-commerce payment solutions for merchants and shoppers.

Consumer
Stockholm
Modern Meadow

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.

Biotechnology
New Jersey
Stripe (company)

Stripe is a financial technology company providing software that allows businesses and individuals to make and receive online payments.

Software
San Francisco
Tecton

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.

Machine learning
New York
Front (company)

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

Software
San Francisco
Aruba Networks

Networking vendor selling enterprise wireless lan and edge access networking equipment.

Enterprise software
Sunnyvale, California
Airbnb

Airbnb provides an online platform for listing, searching and booking rental accommodations.

Hotel
San Francisco
Guardant Health

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

Biotechnology
Redwood City, California
Infoblox

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

Security
Santa Clara, California
Snowflake Computing

Snowflake Computing is a cloud-based data warehouse as a service company based in San Mateo, California founded in 2012.

Database
San Mateo, California
Vaccitech Limited

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

Biotechnology
Oxford
Bird (company)

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

Electric vehicle
Santa Monica, California
Snapchat

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

Streaming media
California
Zoom (company)

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.

Communication
San Jose, California
Figma (company)

A company offering an online platform for collaborative design in team environments.

Design
San Francisco
Immuta

Immuta is a Boston-based provider of a cloud-native data governance platform for organizations to automate data access control, security and privacy compliance.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Columbus, Ohio
Unity Technologies

Software company with a real-time engine and flexible real-time tools used by game developers and creators across industries and applications in 2D, 3D, VR, and AR.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
San Francisco
Lemonade (company)

An insurance technology company using artificial intelligence and behavioural economics to offer home and renters insurance.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
New York
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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Sequoia Capital China Principals Seed Fund I, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
December 13, 2018
Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth Fund VIII, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
June 19, 2018
Sequoia Capital China Seed Fund I, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
June 19, 2018
Sequoia Capital Global Growth Fund III - Endurance Partners, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
May 25, 2018
SEQUOIA CAPITAL U.S. SCOUT SEED PRINCIPALS FUND III, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
November 13, 2017
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA GROWTH IV PRINCIPALS FUND, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
February 29, 2016
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA VENTURE FUND VI, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
February 29, 2016
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA GROWTH PARTNERS FUND III, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
February 14, 2014
SEQUOIA CAPITAL U.S. SCOUT SEED FUND 2013, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
February 15, 2013
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA VENTURE PARTNERS FUND IV, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
November 13, 2012
SEQUOIA CAPITAL U.S. VENTURE PARTNERS FUND XV (Q), L.P.
Menlo Park, California
March 4, 2015
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA VENTURE V PRINCIPALS FUND, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
October 10, 2014
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA GROWTH III PRINCIPALS FUND, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
February 14, 2014
SEQUOIA CAPITAL ISRAEL VENTURE FUND V, L.P.
750,000
Menlo Park, California
August 23, 2012
Sequoia Capital U.S. Venture XVI Principals Fund, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
September 27, 2018
Sequoia Capital U.S. Venture Partners Fund XVI (Q), L.P.
Menlo Park, California
September 27, 2018
Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth VIII Principals Fund, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
September 27, 2018
Sequoia Capital Global Growth Fund III - Endurance Partners Principals Fund, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
August 31, 2018
Sequoia Capital China Growth Fund V, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
June 19, 2018
SEQUOIA TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS SCOUT SEED FUND III, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
November 13, 2017
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA VENTURE VI PRINCIPALS FUND, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
February 29, 2016
Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth Partners Fund VIII, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
September 27, 2018
Sequoia Capital China Venture Fund VII, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
June 19, 2018
SEQUOIA CAPITAL U.S. SCOUT SEED FUND III, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
November 13, 2017
SEQUOIA CAPITAL CHINA GROWTH FUND IV, L.P.
Menlo Park, California
February 29, 2016
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Donald Valentine

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

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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

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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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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Connie Loizos
August 14, 2020
TechCrunch
No matter what you think of Sequoia Capital, the firm doesn't rest on its laurels. Though it's now managing ungodly amounts of money and has for decades been considered among the top venture firms in the world, it routinely finds new ways to stay relevant and to ensure that it gets a first look at [...]
Press Trust of India
August 4, 2020
@bsindia
Indian social media app Sharechat is in talks with US-based venture capital firm Sequoia Capital to raise around Rs 1,500 crore, according to a source.
Erin Griffith
July 17, 2020
www.nytimes.com
What happens when a kumbaya office culture meets the business realities of a pandemic?
July 13, 2020
WebWire
Forbes has named AMP Robotics Corp. ("AMP"), a pioneer and leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for the recycling industry, one of America's most promising AI companies. The publication's annual "AI 50" list distinguishes private, U.S.-based companies that are wielding some subset of artificial intelligence in a meaningful way and demonstrating real business potential from doing so. To be included on the list, companies needed to show that techniques like machine learning,...
Peerzada Abrar
July 8, 2020
@bsindia
Only 443 companies were funded in the January-June period this year against 725 in H1, 2019
Samantha Hurst
May 12, 2020
Crowdfund Insider
Click HERE to find out ⭐ AI-Driven Investment Management Platform Vise Raises $14.5 Million Through Series A Funding Round Led By Sequoia Capital. | Crowdfund Insider: Global Fintech News, including Crowdfunding, Blockchain and more.
AlleyWatch
May 9, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Connie Loizos
March 9, 2020
TechCrunch
In the world of venture capital, where trust between investors and founders is paramount to the success of both, investing in a company that competes with another startup in a firm's portfolio is a no-no. Still, in a case that takes this understanding to a brow-raising extreme, Sequoia Capital has, for the first time in [...]
Kashmir Hill
March 5, 2020
www.nytimes.com
Investors and clients of the facial recognition start-up freely used the app on dates and at parties -- and to spy on the public.
March 5, 2020
The Economic Times
Accel, an early backer of Flipkart and Swiggy, estimates that 90% of those who stepped down from the fund ended up starting their own companies.
Jonathan Shieber
February 19, 2020
TechCrunch
Over the past twelve months, Maven, the benefits provider focused on women's health and family planning, has expanded its customer base to include over 100 companies and grown its telehealth services to include 1,700 providers across 20 specialties -- for services like shipping breast milk, finding a doula and egg freezing, fertility treatments, surrogacy and [...]
Annie Musgrove
January 16, 2020
Tech.eu
Productboard, the Prague and San Francisco-based startup building product management software, raised a $41 million Series B round led by Sequoia Capital. The round brought on board Bessemer Ventures, and was supported by previous investors, as well. Sources say the latest funding puts the company's valuation at around $350 million. The productboard team believes that ...
Sherin Shibu
December 9, 2019
Business Insider
Partners at the fund say clear communication is key to a successful pitch and securing an investment.
Kate Clark
December 4, 2019
TechCrunch
Noted Silicon Valley venture capital fund Sequoia Capital has raised nearly $1 billion for later-stage U.S. investments and roughly $2.4 billion for venture and growth deals in China, according to paperwork filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. The firm, famous for its investments in U.S. companies like Google, Instagram, Dropbox, LinkedIn, [...]
Connie Loizos
December 2, 2019
TechCrunch
Mucker Capital, the now eight-year-old, Santa Monica, Ca.-based pre-seed startup accelerator and venture outfit, has brought aboard Omar Hamoui, a partner at Sequoia Capital for the last six-plus years, as its third general partner. Hamoui joins firm cofounders Erik Rannala and William Su, along with several other investors on the team who are collectively working [...]
Eliza Gkritsi
November 26, 2019
TechNode
Snowplus is funded by major tech VCs and has launched caffeine and smokeless e-cigarettes.
Shona Ghosh
November 13, 2019
Business Insider
Sequoia Capital wants to hire investors on the ground in Europe for the first time, Business Insider has learned.
November 13, 2019
Entrackr
Razorpay and Moglix - are going to purchase their employees' vested stock options powered by their existing backers, Ribbit Capital and Sequoia Capital.
Alex Nicoll
November 7, 2019
Business Insider
Earlier this fall, San Francisco-based Snapdocs said it's opening a new office in Denver and hiring 635 new employees.
Melia Russell
November 6, 2019
Business Insider
Drive Capital, a venture capital firm based in Columbus, Ohio, has raised a $350 million fund to invest in Midwestern startups.
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