Mohr Davidow Ventures

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Mohr Davidow Ventures
Industry Venture Capital
Founded 1983
Headquarters Menlo Park, California, United States
Key people
Bill Ericson, Jon Feiber
Products Investments

Mohr Davidow Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies. For over 30 years, Mohr Davidow has helped to build more than 250 startup companies. The firm has $1.85B [1] under management. Its managing and general partners are engaged with over 50 portfolio companies, assisted by Venture Partner Geoffrey Moore, Emeritus Partners Nancy Schoendorf and Bill Davidow.[2] The company is located in Menlo Park, California on Sand Hill Road.


Mohr Davidow was founded in 1983 [3] by Larry Mohr and Bill Davidow, formerly senior vice president at Intel during the time the 8086 architecture became the industry standard. The firm's investments initially focused on semiconductor startups and related high-tech companies. Notable early investments was the funding of MIPS Technologies (1985), the seed-funding of Rambus (1990),[4] Agile Software (1995), the investment in Zip2 (1995) for $3.5M started by Elon Musk (co-founder of PayPal) which sold in 1999 for $307M,[5] and Brocade (1996). Mohr Davidow continued growing with its investment in Shutterfly,[6] ONI Systems, nLIGHT, as well as Panasas, Pacific Biosciences[7] (public offering October 27, 2010), Proofpoint, Inc. and Kabbage.

Managing and General Partners[edit]

  • General Partner: Josh Green - Investment Focus: primarily on the nexus of cleantech and information technology. Josh Green joined Mohr Davidow in 2006. He serves on the Boards of iRhythm Technologies, Simbol Materials, and Genomatica.
  • General Partner: Jim Smith - Investment Focus: hardware startups that will provide the infrastructure for what Mohr Davidow calls “the data deluge.” Mr. Smith joined MDV in 1999. He serves on the Boards of ParAccel, Mantara and Aryaka.
  • General Partner: Bryan Stolle - entrepreneurial focus on technology companies. He joined Mohr Davidow in 2008. He serves on the Boards of Coupa and Rally Software. As a volunteer he serves on the boards of the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum and Montalvo Arts Center.
  • Partner: Erik Straser - Investment Focus: technology-driven companies that can bring new supply or efficiency to the industrial market. He joined Mohr Davidow in 1998. He serves on the Board of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford.

Investment Areas of Focus[edit]

  • Technology: Communications, Networking, Data, Storage, Management, Cloud
  • Healthcare: Monitoring, Management, Genomics, Diagnostics
  • Cleantech: Electrical, Grid, Storage

Significant Investments[edit]

MDV funded companies that have gone public:

Company IPO Date
Actuate 1998
Agile Software 1999
Auspex Systems 1993
Cats Software 1995
Accure Software 1999
S3 1993
Vantive 1995
Vitesse 1991
Power Integrations 1997
FormFactor 2003
Pacific Biosciences 2010[10]
Shutterfly 2006
Power Integrations 1997
Broadbase 1999
Critical Path 1999
Viant 1999
Rambus 1997

Successful returns via acquisition include MDV portfolio companies:

Company Acquisition Year
Parallele Bioscience Affymetrix 2005
Collabra NetScape 1995
Freshwater Software Mercury Interactive 2001
Ipsilon Networks Nokia 1997
Kalpana Cisco 1994
Numerical Technologies Synopsys 2003
Oni Systems Ciena 2002
nChip Flextronics 1995
Silicon Architects Synopsys 1995
Knowledge Adventure CUC International 1997
ICverify Cybercash 1998
Epigram Broadcom 1999
Investools Telescan 1999
Zip2 Compaq 1999
Kendara Excite@Home 2000
Sabrix Thomson-Reuters 2009
Recurrent Energy Sharp Corporation 2010[11]

Other Activities[edit]

Member and Sponsor of the Stanford Racing Team.[12][13]


External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Books by Geoffrey Moore, Venture Partner

  • Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-tech Products to Mainstream Customers (1991, revised 1999) - ISBN 0-06-051712-3
  • Inside the Tornado: Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley's Cutting Edge (1995) revised as Inside the Tornado: Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets (2004) - ISBN 0-88730-824-4
  • The Gorilla Game: An Investor's Guide to Picking Winners in High Technology (with Paul Johnson and Tom Kippola, 1998) revised as The Gorilla Game : Picking Winners in High Technology (1999)
  • Living on the Fault Line : Managing for Shareholder Value in the Age of the Internet (2000), revised as Living on the Fault Line, Revised Edition: Managing for Shareholder Value in Any Economy (2002)
  • Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution (2005)
  • Escape Velocity: Free Your Company's Future from the Pull of the Past (2011)

Books by Bill Davidow, Partner Emeritus