Foundation Capital

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Foundation Capital
Type Private
Industry Venture capital
Founded 1995
Founders Bill Elmore, Kathryn Gould, and Jim Anderson
Headquarters Menlo Park, California, USA
Key people Bill Elmore, Ashu Garg, Paul Holland, Charles Moldow, Ashmeet Sidana, Steve Vassallo, Warren Weiss and Anamitra Banerji
Employees ~ 30 worldwide

Foundation Capital is a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley. The firm was founded in 1995, and manages more than $2.4 billion[1] in investment capital.

Foundation Capital has invested in approximately 150+ ventures over the course of the last 17 years, 18 of which have had successful initial public offerings. It currently maintains investments in 80 companies. Household name investments include Netflix, NetZero, Lending Club, SunRun, Chegg and Silver Spring Networks (full list below). Most investments fall under three focus areas of consumer tech, deep tech and clean tech.

Partners have been members of the founding executive teams of some of the most innovative Silicon Valley startups of the past two decades, with each having an average of 15 years of operating experience. Foundation Capital differentiates itself from other VC firms in that it takes a hands-on approach with its portfolio companies, offering operational and management assistance and counsel as well as investment capital.

Foundation Capital's Entrepreneur-in-Residence program takes on a select few candidates per year who have shown superior entrepreneurial tenacity. The program incubates, trains, and graduates these individuals, challenging them to apply their knowledge and experience to the mission of developing a solid business plan for an emerging technology. Over the years, Foundation Capital EIRs have helped start or landed executive positions in a number of successful companies, among them Atheros, Peribit Networks, ONStor, Hammerhead Systems, Solar Flare Communications, Silver Spring Networks, CloudOn, PrivateCore and Tealeaf.

Foundation Capital's Young Entrepreneurs Program, now in its third year, builds relationships with top business schools nationwide to offer Foundation Capital access and exposure to promising entrepreneurs and startups through various MBA networks. Through the program, Foundation offers outstanding graduate students an opportunity to gain significant experience identifying promising startups, pitching ventures, providing analysis of the opportunities, and building impactful relationships. Members of the Young Entrepreneurs Program have a background in technology or entrepreneurship, a strong interest in the field and a strong connection to the local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Foundation Capital raised its seventh and largest fund of $750 million in April 2008.[2] It was one of Netflix's original investors.[3]


Foundation Capital provided venture capital for the following companies:[4]

Name Date Round Size
Motif Investing 5/14 D $35M
Stitch 4/14 Seed $3.3M
Blend Systems 4/14 Seed $2.7M
AdRoll 4/14 C $70M
Auxmoney 5/14 B $16M
SpoonRocket 5/14 A $11M
Sunrun 5/14 Private Equity $18M
Aquion Energy 3/14 D $56.6M
Localytics 2/14 C $16M
SpringCM 4/14 $150M
Autogrid 1/14 C $14M
XMOS 12/13 C $12.8M
WeVorce 11/13 Seed $1.7M
Cyphort 10/13 B $15.50M
DogVacay 11/13 B $15M 10/13 A $10M
Deem 11/13 G $70M
Guardian Analytics 9/13 E $11.5M
SilkRoad Technology 8/13 D $16M
InsideView 8/13 D $17M
TalentBin 7/13 A $2M
Propeller 6/13 Seed $1.3M
Interact Public Safety 6/13 B $5.2M 6/13 B $8M
Spotzot 6/13 B
Visier 5/13 B $15M
TubeMogul 5/13 C $10M
Appurify 5/13 A $4.5M
Mesosphere 5/13 Seed
Fastback Networks 5/13 B $15M
Lending Club 5/13 Private Equity $125M
Sentient Energy 4/13 - $15M
Kik 4/13 B $19.5M
Motif Investing 4/13 C $25M
ForgeRock 4/13 B $15M
Aggregate Knowledge 2/13 E $11.4M
ACCO Semiconductor 2/13 D $12.2M
TubeMogul 12/12 C $28.7M
AutoGrid 10/12 - $9M
Bureau of Trade 9/12 Seed $1.2M
Revel Touch 8/12 A $10M
Pocket 7/12 B $5M
Copious 7/12 A $5M
AdRoll 7/12 B $15M
Purfresh 7/12 $3M
CliQr Technologies 7/12 $8.1M
Spreetales 7/12 Private Equity $10M
CloudOn 7/12 B $16M
PrivateCore 5/12 Seed $2.25M
Cantaloupe Systems 4/10 Series C $12.4M
FreeWheel 4/10 Unattributed $16.8M
Lending Club 4/10 Series C $24.5M
TransMedics 3/10 Series E $36.M
Azure Power 3/10 Series B
Purfresh 3/10 Series D $10M
SiBEAM 3/10 Series D $36.5M
Altor Networks 3/10 Series B $10M
CalStar Products 2/10 Unattributed $15M
Pano Logic 2/10 Series C $20
Bella Pictures 12/09 Debt $10.3M
Silver Spring Networks 12/09 Unattributed $100M
Serious Materials 9/09 Series C $4.6M
Calix 9/09 Unattributed $50M
Simply Hired 8/09 Series C $4.6M
Sun Run Generation 7/09 Series B $18M
BigDeal 7/09 Unattributed $4.5M
eMeter 7/09 Series C $32M
Control4 7/09 Series C $4.6M
Ventiva 7/09 Unattributed $8M
AdWhirl 6/09 Seed $1M
nGenera CIM 5/09 Series C $10M
FreeWheel 5/09 Series C $12M
Naverus 4/09 Series D $4M
Pixazza 3/09 Series A $5.75M
Numerate, Inc 3/09 Series B $5.5M
Jasper Design Automation 2/09 Series D $7M
Pano Logic 2/09 Series B $6M
National Payment Network 2009 Series B
Chegg 12/08 Series C $25M
Waterfront Media 11/08 Series E $20M
Interact Public Safety Systems 11/08 Unattributed $28M
Azure Power 11/08 Series A
CalStar Products 11/08 Series A $8.04M
Silver Spring Networks 10/08 Unattributed $75M
Zetta 9/08 Series A $10.7M
Conviva 8/08 Series B $20M
Aktin 8/08 Series C $14.2M
Canopy Financial 8/08 Series B $8M
Conformia Software 7/08 Series D $2.95M
Silver Spring Networks 6/08 Series C $17.4M
Sun Run Generation 6/08 Series A $12M
Solarflare Communications 6/08 Unattributed $26M
Control4 5/08 Series F $20M
SilkRoad technology 5/08 Series C $54M
ONStor 4/08 Series F $14.8M
eMeter 4/08 Series E $12.5M
SiBEAM 4/08 Series C $40M
Xoopit 4/08 Series A $5M
Altor Networks 4/08 Series A $6M
Rearden Commerce 4/08 Series E $100M
Serious Materials 3/08 Series B $2.38M 3/08 Unattributed $17.7M
Purfresh 2/08 Series C $25M
Naverus 2/08 Series C $10M
Helpstream 2/08 Series B $8.6M
Coverity 2/08 Series A $22M
Pano Logic 1/08 Series A $12M
Quanti 1/08 Series A $7.1M
Mobius Microsystems 12/07 Series B $10.2M
TuVox 12/07 Series D $20M
Serious Materials 11/07 Unattributed $50M
Guardian Analytics 10/07 Series B $4.5M
CloudShield Technologies 9/07 Unattributed $15M
XMOS 9/07 Series A $16M
Waterfront Media 9/07 Series D $25M
ONStor 8/07 Unattributed $27M
Hammerhead Systems 8/07 Series D $18M
VaST Systems Technology 7/07 Series D $12M
Virtugo Software 6/07 Unattributed $4M
Powerset 6/07 Series A $12.5M
Therative 5/07 Series C $9M
Conformia Software 5/07 Series C $12.3M
eMeter 4/07 Series D $11.8M
Control4 4/07 Series E $11M
Conviva 4/07 Series A $9M
Extreme DA 4/07 Series B $7.38M
nGenera Corporation 3/07 Unattributed $20M
Synfora 3/07 Series C $3.5M
Rohati Systems, Inc 3/07 Series B $11M
Ketera 1/07 Unattributed $14M
Biz360 2007 Unattributed $3.8M
Mendocino Software 2007 Unattributed $1.7M
Novazone 12/06 Series B $7M
Purfresh 12/06 Series B $7M
Xoopit 12/06 Angel $1.5M
Venafi 11/06 Series B $5M
Conformia Software 10/06 Unattributed $12M
PeakStream 9/06 Series B $17M
BoardVantage 9/06 Series D $5.5M
SiBEAM 8/06 Series B $21M
Virtugo Software 7/06 Series B $13.6M
MarkMonitor 5/06 Unattributed $12M
Simply Hired 3/06 Series B $13.5M
Hammerhead Systems 1/06 Series C $30M
Guardian Analytics 2006 Series A $1.25M
Rearden Commerce 9/05 Series C $25M
SiBEAM 5/05 Series A $15M
Purfresh 4/05 Series A $10.6M
Codefast 3/05 Series A $6.5M
EnerNoc 1/05 Series B $7.75M
Rearden Commerce 1/04 Unattributed $42M
Responsys 4/03 Unattributed $9.4M
Responsys 4/01 Unattributed $20M
Responsys 2/00 Unattributed $22.5M


  1. ^ "UPDATE 1-Foundation Capital raises $750 million fund". Reuters. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Foundation Capital raises $750M fund, claiming focus on cleantech | VentureBeat". Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  3. ^ Levy, Ari (2009-11-06). "Chegg Seeks to Become the Netflix of Textbook Rentals (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Foundation Capital | CrunchBase Profile". Retrieved 2014-05-21.