Baseline Ventures

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Baseline Ventures
Private
IndustryVenture capital
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
FounderSteve Anderson
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Websitebaselinev.com

Baseline Ventures is a venture capital investment firm that focuses on seed and growth-stage investments in technology companies.[1] The company was the first seed investor in Instagram,[2][3][4] an early investor of Twitter[5] and has been called "one of Silicon Valley's most successful--and smallest--investment firms" by Forbes.[6] It is headquartered in San Francisco, California.[7]

The company's founder and Managing Partner, Steve Anderson, was recognized on Fortune's 2012 list of "50 Businesspeople of the Year"[8] and included on the Forbes Midas List from 2012-2018.[9][10][11]

History[edit]

Anderson founded Baseline in 2006.[8][12] He previously worked for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Microsoft, eBay and Starbucks.[12][13] Anderson has a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University and has invested in companies founded by Stanford alumni including Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger of Instagram; Katrina Lake of Stitch Fix; and Jeff Seibert of Crashlytics.[14][15][16][17]

Acquisitions and investments[edit]

Baseline Ventures has invested in software and web companies that include Instagram, Weebly, OMGPop, ExactTarget and Heroku.[18][19] Instagram was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012.[20] Later that year, Baseline-backed OMGPop was acquired by Zynga for approximately $200 million.[8] Salesforce.com acquired Heroku for $212 million in 2010.[21]

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