Sand Hill Road
Sand Hill Road is a road in Menlo Park, California, notable for its concentration of venture capital companies. Its significance as a symbol of private equity in the United States may be compared to that of Wall Street in the stock market. Connecting El Camino Real and Interstate 280, the road provides easy access to Stanford University and Silicon Valley.
For several years during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, commercial real estate on Sand Hill Road was more expensive than almost anywhere else in the world. The annual rent in the area around Sand Hill Road peaked at around $144 (USD) per square foot ($1550 per m2) in mid-2000; at the time, this was higher than rates in Manhattan and London's West End.
Sand Hill Road is also home to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Venture capital firms
- Clean technology
- Computer hardware
- Computer services
- Computer software
- Internet companies
Some venture capital and private equity firms located on Sand Hill Road include:
- Khosla Ventures - 2128 Sand Hill Road
- Canaan Partners - 2765 Sand Hill Road 
- GI Partners - 2180 Sand Hill Road 
- 5AM Ventures - 2200 Sand Hill Road
- Lightspeed Venture Partners - 2200 Sand Hill Road
- The Westly Group - 2200 Sand Hill Road
- Nexus Venture Partners - 2200 Sand Hill Road
- Greylock Partners - 2250 Sand Hill Road
- Highland Capital Partners - 2420 Sand Hill Road, Suite 300
- Shasta Ventures - 2440 Sand Hill Road 
- Storm Ventures - 2440 Sand Hill Road 
- Benchmark Capital - 2480 Sand Hill Road
- Onset Ventures - 2490 Sand Hill Road
- The Blackstone Group - 2494 Sand Hill Road
- Morgenthaler - 2710 Sand Hill Road
- U.S. Venture Partners - 2735 Sand Hill Road
- Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers - 2750 Sand Hill Road
- Silver Lake Partners - 2775 Sand Hill Road
- Kohlberg Kravis Roberts - 2800 Sand Hill Road
- Mayfield Fund - 2800 Sand Hill Road 
- Sofinnova Ventures - 2800 Sand Hill Road
- New Enterprise Associates - 2855 Sand Hill Road
- Andreessen Horowitz - 2875 Sand Hill Road
- Charles River Ventures - 2882 Sand Hill Road
- Draper Fisher Jurvetson - 2882 Sand Hill Road
- Battery Ventures - 2884 Sand Hill Road
- Sierra Ventures - 2884 Sand Hill Road
- Institutional Venture Partners - 3000 Sand Hill Road
- Mohr Davidow Ventures - 3000 Sand Hill Road
- Menlo Ventures - 3000 Sand Hill Road
- Redpoint Ventures - 3000 Sand Hill Road
- Relay Ventures - 3000 Sand Hill Road 
- Sequoia Capital - 3000 Sand Hill Road
- Trinity Ventures - 3000 Sand Hill Road, Building 4, Suite 160
- Versant Ventures - 3000 Sand Hill Road
- Bright Capital - 3000 Sand Hill Road, building 2
For many years, Sand Hill Road's northern end terminated in the middle of Stanford Shopping Center's parking lot, and the only four-lane segment was the section from Interstate 280 to Santa Cruz Avenue (the section where all the venture capitalists are housed). This situation resulted in two severe bottlenecks which made it difficult to travel to and from Stanford Shopping Center, Stanford University, and Menlo Park.
Extension and widening of the road was fiercely opposed by environmentalists, who were concerned about the road's proximity to San Francisquito Creek, and by residents of Menlo Park, who feared that completion of the road would increase traffic congestion in their area due to the mid-Peninsula region's lack of a direct north-south arterial. After three decades of lobbying, negotiation, and litigation, the road was finally completed to El Camino Real in 2001. Only the existing portion from just north of Alameda de las Pulgas to just south of Stanford Shopping Center was widened to four lanes; the new extension past the shopping center was built only as two lanes.
The bottleneck near Santa Cruz Avenue was widened in 2006 and features a 16-foot (4.9 m) high faux rock wall at the junction of Sand Hill Road and Santa Cruz Avenue. The project was delayed because the stretch of land at issue runs through Menlo Park, not Palo Alto; the city reversed its opposition to widening only after seeing the results of the widening of the northern Palo Alto segment.
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- Ulfelder, Steve. "Welcome to the Hotel California No Vacancy: It's goodbye Santa Clara and hello Cincinnati for an increasing number of Internet start-ups that would rather not deal with the Valley's insane real estate costs and fickle workforce." Network World, September 25, 2000, p. 100. 
- Contact Khosla Ventures
- Canaan Partners
- http://www.gipartners.com/contacts GI Partners
- 5AM Ventures
- LightSpeed Venture partners - Contact us
- Westly Group - Contact Us
- Contact Us - Nexus Venture Partners
- Greylock Partners - Offices
- Shasta Ventures - Contact
- http://www.shastaventures.com/contact Shasta Ventures
- http://www.stormventures.com/contact Storm Ventures
- Contact Onset Ventures
- http://www.mayfield.com/about/contact-us Company website
- Contact : Institutional Venture Partners
- Contact : Relay Ventures
- Chernova, Yulia. "Redpoint Clean-Tech Partner Departs, Likely to Join Bright Capital." Dow Jones Venturewire, October 4, 2012.
- Neidorf, Shawn. "Menlo Park OKs Widening Sand Hill Road." San Jose Mercury News, November 13, 2002, sec. B, p. 1.