Matrix Partners

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Matrix Partners
Private ownership
Industry Venture capital
Founded 1977
Founder Paul Ferri
Headquarters Palo Alto, California, United States
Total assets $2.4 billion[1]

Matrix Partners is a US-based private equity investment firm focusing on venture capital investments. The firm invests in seed and early-stage companies in the United States and India, particularly in the software, communications, semiconductors, data storage, Internet or wireless sectors.

The firm has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Palo Alto, California, Mumbai, India and Beijing, China.


Tracing its roots to 1977, Matrix was an active player in the development of the venture capital industry in the 1980s. The firm's direct predecessor, Hellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977 to 1982), was founded by Paul J. Ferri and Warren Hellman, founder of San Francisco-based private equity firm, Hellman & Friedman.

Among the firm's notable investments, Matrix Partners was an early-stage investor in Apple Inc., Arrowpoint Communications, Digium, JBoss, JustFab, PSINet, SanDisk, Silverstream Software,, Sonus Networks, Tivoli Software, Tollbridge Technologies, VERITAS Software, Vermeer Technologies Incorporated, and Xilinx.

In 1985, Matrix raised its first institutional private equity fund. Since then, Matrix has raised nine funds with total investor commitments of $2.4 billion. In 2001, Matrix Partners completed fundraising for Matrix Partners VII, a $1 billion venture capital fund.[2] In 2006, Matrix raised Matrix Partners VIII fund, with $445 million of investor commitments.[3] In 2006, Matrix also raised a separate $150 million India fund.[4][5] In July 2009, Matrix Partners raised Matrix IX fund with $600m.[6]


Since 1977, Matrix has invested in Apple Computer, Alteon WebSystems, and Office Club.[7] Its current portfolio includes companies such as Ambarella, Apartment List,[8] Kinnek, JustFab,[9] Gilt Groupe, sqrrl, BillFloat, Inc, Mitro, Grownout[10] and Canva.[11][12][13]


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