Menlo Ventures

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Menlo Ventures
Industry Venture capital
Founded 1976
Headquarters Menlo Park, California, USA
Number of employees
Slogan Venture Right

Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm located at 2884 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California.


The firm was founded as one of the earliest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley in 1976 and provides technology venture capital funding for seed, early stage and growth companies. Menlo Ventures invests in consumer Internet, mobile, communications infrastructure, enterprise, security and storage. Since its founding in 1976, the firm has invested successfully in more than 400 companies, including Uber,, Dropcam, 3PAR, Ironport Systems, Machine Zone, Siri, PlaySpan, Coraid, and Vidyo. Its past and current portfolio includes more than 70 public companies and more than 100 mergers or acquisitions. It has $4 billion under management and is currently investing Menlo Ventures XI, a $400M fund. Current Menlo investments have a total of over $3 billion in aggregate revenue.

Among its four original founders was H. DuBose Montgomery, who is still a managing director at the firm. Prior to that, Montgomery was a management consultant and communications researcher at Bell Labs. Other managing directors at the firm include Doug Carlisle, Shawn Carolan, Venky Ganesan, John Jarve, Sonja Hoel Perkins, Mark Siegel and Pravin Vazirani.


Some of the firm's other successful investments include Ascend Communications (sold to Lucent Technologies), Gilead Sciences, Bay Networks (sold to Nortel), Hotmail (sold to Microsoft), UUNET (sold to MCI Communications), Flurry (sold to Yahoo!), Check (sold to Intuit), Dropcam (sold to Nest), LSI Logic (sold to Avago Technologies), nCircle Network Security, Efficient Networks, Infoseek Corporation (sold to Disney), Endovascular Technologies (sold to Guidant), PowerReviews, Frame Technology (sold to Adobe), Octel Communications, Network Equipment Technologies, Open Solutions, Pyxis Corporation, Valid Logic Systems and Xros (sold to Nortel).[1] Other notable investments include Acme Packet, Carbonite, DriveCam, F5 Networks, IMVU, IronPort, MobiTV, NComputing, nLight, TeleNav, Vidyo,, PlaySpan (sold to Visa), and Siri (sold to Apple).


  1. ^ Careers in venture capital. WETFEET, INC., 2008

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