Alloy Ventures

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Alloy Ventures
Industry Private Equity
Founded 1996
Headquarters Palo Alto, California, United States
Key people
Craig Taylor, John Shoch, Doug Kelly, MD, Tony Di Bona, Ammar Hanafi, Michael Hunkapiller, Dan Rubin
Products Venture capital

Alloy Ventures is a private equity firm focusing on early-stage[1] venture capital investments in Life Sciences, Information Technology and Cleantech companies.[2] The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.[3]


Alloy Ventures was founded in 1996 when Craig Taylor,[4] John Shoch, Doug Kelly and Tony Di Bona took on the management of the three institutional venture capital funds of Asset Management,[5] dating back to 1982. As of April 2011 the firm has six general partners managing five subsequent funds with commitments in excess of $1 billion.[6]

Selected investments[edit]

The firm's portfolio includes investments in HighTail, Mavenir and Pacific Biosciences.

In Life Sciences, Alloy invests in three sub-sectors - Medical Devices, Laboratory Instrumentation, and Diagnostics.

In Information Technology, Alloy invests in four sub-sectors - Software, Systems, Mobile, and Semiconductors

In Cleantech, Alloy invests primarily in Solar and Biotech fields employing semiconductor technology, but the clean technology field is expanding fast, and Alloy recognizes a "critical need to create companies" involved in these fields.[citation needed]

General Information[edit]

Early-stage investing is primarily the focus of Alloy Ventures. However, companies in their late stage can receive funding as well. Typically this happens when Alloy identifies a "synergistic fit" with one of their other portfolio companies or if one of Alloy's partners can provide specific expertise about the investment.

Alloy helps coach entrepreneurs through the drafting of business plans, hiring of teams, and "hammer(ing) out the nitty-gritty that's needed to build a company from scratch." From there, Alloy's extensive network of associates and business partners can further assist the young company to get off the ground.[7]


  1. ^ Joch, Alan (2001). How to find money online: an Internet-based capital guide for entrepreneurs. McGraw-Hill. p. 41. ISBN 0-07-136060-3. 
  2. ^ "US firms KRG Capital Partners and Alloy Ventures close funds above target". AltAssets. 7 May 2002. 
  3. ^ "3D collaborative software maker Qwaq gets $7M". San Jose Business Journal. 26 November 2007. 
  4. ^ Bunker, Ted (7 October 2002). "CAPITAL FOCUS; Biotechs are kept waiting by missed appointments". Boston Herald. Boston herald. 
  5. ^ "Fund closes at $300mil". Private Equity Week. 13 May 2002. 
  6. ^ "Alloy Ventures closes $368M fund". San Francisco Business Times. 10 October 2005. 
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