Greylock Partners is one of the oldest venture capital firms, founded in 1965, with committed capital of over $2 billion under management. The firm focuses on early stage companies in the consumer, enterprise software and infrastructure as well as semiconductor sectors. Today, Greylock operates out of offices in the Bay Area, Cambridge (USA), Israel and India.
Greylock was founded in 1965 by Bill Elfers and Dan Gregory, joined shortly thereafter by Charlie Waite. Elfers and Waite had both worked at American Research and Development Corporation—one of the country’s first venture capital firms—while Gregory was an investment manager at John P. Chase. The original capital ($9 million in total) was committed by a group of six prominent families, all of whom are still investors in Greylock. Over the ensuing 43 years, Greylock has raised a series of partnerships, with current committed capital in excess of $2 billion, and invested in more than 300 growth companies.
Greylock Partners is organized in a series of thirteen limited partnerships begun in 1965, 1973, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2009. On 2 November 2009 Greylock announced $575 Million Fund and hired Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder and Zientek Funds as Partner. In 2006, Greylock launched Greylock Israel, a separate fund dedicated to Israel. Committed capital across the Greylock partnerships exceeds $2 billion. Greylock's limited partners include the nation’s most prestigious university endowments, major American industrial families and not for profit foundations. Greylock has had all of its limited partners participate in all partnerships subsequent to their original investment.