Valar Ventures

Valar Ventures

A venture capital firm from New York that invests in high-margin, fast-growing technology companies with huge market opportunities

Valar Ventures is a venture capital firm from New York, United States that invests in early and late stage ventures. Founded in 2010 by Andrew McCormack, James Fitzgerald, and Peter Thiel, it connects with its partners around the world. It specifically invests in transformative technology companies, especially those that have unique challenges and opportunities.

Valar Ventures usually invests in high-margin, fast-growing technology companies with huge market opportunities. Its portfolio includes TransferWise (a peer-to-peer currency exchange service), Stash (for investors), N26 (a new European bank), Qonto (digital banking services), Even (bank app), Xero (cloud accounting software), Taxfix (digital tax accountant), Cluno (car ownership), Octane Lending (powersports equipment financing) and others.

Timeline

October 1, 2010

Founded

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location
TransferWise

TransferWise is a company that offers money transfers services founded by Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus

Consumer
Financial services
Payment
Money transfer
Financial inclusion
Financial technology
London
Homie

Homie is a South Jordan, Utah-based company founded in 2014 by Dan Might, Johnny Hanna, Matt Thorne, Mike Peregrina and Mike Trionfo.

Android
Real estate
Real estate technology
South Jordan, Utah
Cluno

A company with a car subscription service where users can book and use a car using the company's mobile application. It was founded in 2017 and is located in Munich, Germany.

Car
Subscription
Munich
Brolly

A company offering an artificially intelligent software application for managing personal insurance.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Software
Insurance
Software development
Financial technology
Insurance technology
England
London
United Kingdom
N26 (bank)

N26 is a is a mobile banking company.

Bank
Financial technology
Neobanking
Berlin
Germany
Granify

Company

Machine learning
Artificial intelligence (AI)
E-commerce
Big data
Edmonton
Qonto

Financial services
Software as a service (SaaS)
Financial technology
Banking industry
Neobanking
Paris
France
Petal

Petal is a New York City-based company founded in 2016 by Jack Arenas, Andrew Endicott, Jason Gross and David Ehrich.

Machine learning
Artificial intelligence (AI)
Personal finance
Financial services
Credit (finance)
Credit card
Financial technology
New York City
Stash (company)

Stash is a New York City-based digital investing and banking platform.

Investment
Financial services
Investment management
Financial inclusion
File sharing
Financial technology
New York City
ShopLocket

ShopLocket is a company founded by Katherine Hague.

E-commerce
Software as a service (SaaS)
Mobile commerce
Social commerce
BlockFi

A blockchain platform for high-interest crypto accounts and low-cost credit products.

Bitcoin
Cryptocurrency
Blockchain
Ethereum
Risk management
Loan
Interest bearing
New York
ContaAzul

ContaAzul is a South Carolina-based company founded by João Augusto Zaratine, Vinicius Roveda Gonçalves, José Carlos Sardagna and Marcelo dos Santos.

Accounting
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Finance
Software as a service (SaaS)
South Carolina
Taxfix

Taxfix is a company founded by Mathis Büchi.

Software
Tax
Berlin
Germany
Canopy Labs

canaopy Labs is a company providing a customer analytics platform for small and medium size businesses. It participated in the S12 cohort of Y Combinator.

Personalization
Digital marketing
Marketing automation
New York City
Coya

Insurance
Insurance technology
Berlin
Germany
Bestow

Bestow is a Dallas-based insurance company founded in 2016 by Jonathan Abelmann.

Insurance
Dallas
Booktrack

Company

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Education
Language education
Textbook
Curriculum
Entertainment industry
San Francisco
Jopwell

Career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals.

Recruitment
New York
New York City
Lystable

Company

San Francisco
Jetty (company)

Jetty is a New York-based insurance company.

Insurance
New York
LoanStreet Inc

LoanStreet Inc is a New York-based company.

New York
Descomplica

Oppa

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Valar Co-Invest 1 LP
10,617,500
10,617,500
New York City
June 3, 2015
Valar Co-Invest 6 LP
20,000,000
11,602,430
New York City
December 13, 2018
Valar Global Affiliates Fund II LP
2,805,000
2,805,000
New York City
September 24, 2018
Valar Global Fund IV LP
133,400,000
133,400,000
New York City
September 24, 2018
Valar Global Fund I LP
35,000,000
32,470,000
New York City
May 22, 2014
Valar Co-Invest 3 LP
3,305,000
3,305,000
New York City
September 24, 2018
Valar Global Fund III LP
103,925,000
103,925,000
New York City
September 24, 2018
Valar Co-Invest 2 LP
3,280,000
3,280,000
New York City
September 24, 2018
Valar Co-Invest 4 LP
4,186,110
4,186,110
New York City
September 24, 2018
Valar Global Fund II LP
102,325,000
102,325,000
New York City
May 21, 2015
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Peter Thiel

Founder / Chairman

Reuben Kobulnik

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Andrew McCormack

Founding Partner

Elizabeth Klein

General Counsel

James Fitzgerald

Founding Partner

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Taxfix

BlockFi Lending LLC

Cluno

IrisVR

Jetty

Kafene

Kafene

N26

Octane Lending

Petal

Stash

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Romain Dillet
July 1, 2020
TechCrunch
Meet Point, a new challenger bank in the U.S. that has been available as a private beta for the past year. Today, the company is launching a major new version of its service and opening its doors to everyone. But you'll have to get an invite to get in at first. Point is a consumer [...]

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