Norwest Venture Partners

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Norwest Venture Partners
TypePrivate
IndustryVenture Capital + Growth Equity
Founded1961
HeadquartersPalo Alto & San Francisco
Key people
Promod Haque, Jeff Crowe, Jon Kossow
Total assets$12.5 billion
Number of employees
125
Websitewww.nvp.com

Norwest Venture Partners (Norwest) is an American venture and growth equity investment firm.[1] The firm targets early to late-stage venture and growth equity investments across several sectors, including cloud computing and information technology, Internet, SaaS, business and financial services, and healthcare. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Norwest has offices in San Francisco and subsidiaries in Mumbai, India and Herzelia, Israel.[2] The firm has funded more than 650 companies since inception.

As of 2022, the firm has approximately 200 active companies across its venture and growth portfolio.[3][4]

History[edit]

Northwest Venture Fund, a private equity and venture capital affiliate of Norwest Corporation, was founded in Minneapolis in 1961. It later merged with Wells Fargo in 1998.[5]

The Northwest Growth Fund grew under the leadership of CEO Robert Zicarelli, including the opening of an office in Silicon Valley. Zicarelli retired in 1988 and was succeeded by Daniel Haggerty who retired in the 1990s.[6] George J, Still, Jr. (now partner emeritus) and Promod Haque took over as managing partners in 1994.[7]

Norwest's main LP is Wells Fargo (and Norwest Corporation before Wells Fargo merged with Norwest).[8]

In January 2016, the firm announced Norwest Venture Partners XIII, a $1.2B fund, and Wells Fargo was the sole investor in this fund.[9] In February 2018, the firm announced Norwest Venture Partners XIV, a $1.5B fund, in which Wells Fargo is a major investor.[10] In November 2019, the firm announced the firm announced Norwest Venture Partners XV, a $2B fund, bringing its total capital under management to $9.5B.[11]

In December 2021,[12] the firm announced Norwest Venture Partners XVI, a $3B fund, bringing its total capital under management to $12.5B.[13][14]

Investments[edit]

Notable investments for Norwest include: Adaptive Insights,[15] Casper,[16] Dairy Queen,[17] Cray[17] Dave,[18] Kendra Scott,[19] Opendoor,[20] Plaid,[21] Spotify,[22] Uber,[22] Talkspace,[23] Udemy,[24] and Wiliot.[25]

Recognition[edit]

  • Inc. Founder Friendly Investors[26]
  • VCJ 50: The Top Venture Fundraisers of 2021[27]
  • Top 25 Private Equity Firms for Growth Companies[28]
  • Private Equity International 300[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norwest Launches $3 Billion Fund NVP XVI to Empower Visionary Leaders Creating Businesses for the Future". Norwest Venture Partners. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  2. ^ "Contact". Norwest Venture Partners. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  3. ^ "Norwest Launches $3 Billion Fund NVP XVI to Empower Visionary Leaders Creating Businesses for the Future". Norwest Venture Partners. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  4. ^ Norwest Venture Partners Closes $1.5 Billion Fund, NVP XIV Norwest press release, February 14, 2018
  5. ^ Richard Florida (Carnegie Mellon University) and Martin Kenney (Ohio State University). Venture Capital and High Technology Entrepreneurship. Elsevier Science Publishing Co, 1988
  6. ^ EXECUTIVE CHANGES: Norwest Venture Capital Management. The New York Times, November 28, 1988
  7. ^ Bloomberg - George J. Still Jr. [1]
  8. ^ Bolista, Phil (2010-07-01). "John Lindahl". Twin Cities Business. Retrieved 2019-11-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Norwest Raises Third Consecutive $1.2 Billion Fund in Five Years [2], TechCrunch, January 20, 2016
  10. ^ Venture firm Norwest raises $1.5 billion fund, its largest ever [3], Reuters, February 14, 2018
  11. ^ "NVP XV Our $2B Fund". Norwest Venture Partners. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  12. ^ "Our Newest Fund is Sweet XVI". Norwest Venture Partners. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  13. ^ "Norwest Launches $3 Billion Fund NVP XVI to Empower Visionary Leaders Creating Businesses for the Future". Norwest Venture Partners. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  14. ^ "Jeff Crowe". Norwest Venture Partners. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  15. ^ Cromwell Schubarth (June 11, 2018). "Here are the big winners in Workday's $1.6B purchase of Adaptive Insights". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  16. ^ Lung, Tiffany. "How Luxury DTC Brand Senreve Found Growth In Asia Amid Pandemic". Forbes. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  17. ^ a b Peter DeLevett (January 20, 2014). "Elevator Pitch: Norwest's Promod Haque is the $35 billion man". Mercury News. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  18. ^ Jonathan Shieber (September 30, 2019). "Upstart banking company Dave is now worth $1 billion, as Norwest puts in $50 million". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  19. ^ Will Anderson (December 22, 2016). "Kendra Scott's $1 billion empire: PE firm buys into jewelry business at big valuation". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  20. ^ Kyle Tibbitts (November 30, 2016). "Online real estate company Opendoor raises $210M". Opendoor. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  21. ^ Connie Loizos (December 14, 2021). "Norwest unveils a $3 billion fund, which is nearly one-fourth the capital it has ever raised". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  22. ^ a b Connie Loizos (November 14, 2019). "Norwest closes its 15th fund with $2 billion - its biggest vehicle to date". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  23. ^ Jordan Crook (June 14, 2016). "Talksapce online therapy platform raises $15 million Series B". TechCrunch. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  24. ^ Lora Kolodny (May 8, 2014). "Udemy Raises $32M to Teach 'Lifelong Learners' Online, Around the World". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 7, 2022.
  25. ^ Mike Freeman (2021-07-27). "Internet of Things sensor startup Wiliot pulls in $200 million from SoftBank Vision Fund". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2022-07-08.
  26. ^ "The Top 146 Founder-Friendly PE and VC Firms". Inc.com. Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  27. ^ Goldfisher, Alastair (2021-11-01). "VCJ 50: The top venture fundraisers of 2021 are making waves". Venture Capital Journal. Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  28. ^ "The Top 25 Private Equity Firms for Growth Companies of 2021 | GrowthCap". Retrieved 2022-02-17.
  29. ^ "PEI 300 | Top private equity firms". Private Equity International. Retrieved 2022-02-17.

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