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Avalon Ventures

Avalon Ventures

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Headquarters Location

United States, La Jolla


Avalon Ventures is the renowned VC, which was created in 1983. The primary office of this VC is located in La Jolla. The VC's location is in North America, United States.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 other investors. Aside from Avalon Ventures, start-ups are often funded by Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Austin Ventures and 71 other funds. The most common co-investors for the fund are Sigma Partners, Foundry Group, Austin Ventures and also 97 different VCs. The investors in the following rounds are usually Union Square Ventures, Sigma Partners, Venrock, and 74 VCs in total.

The most exits for the fund occurred in 2014. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. In real terms, this VC performs 12 percentage points more exits than other funds. The fund's activity peaked in 2014. Additionally, in 2019 the fund was active. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Avalon Ventures is 50-100 millions dollars. The fund generally invests in 7-12 deals every year. In comparison with other funds, Avalon Ventures makes 6 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments.

The fund was established by Kevin Kinsella. Besides the listed founders, we have found 4 key employees of this fund in our database.

We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Cloud Computing, Software. In addition, there are 21 more industries where it has achieved success. Among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund, are Zynga, BioVex, Empyr. Also, a start-up has to be aged 2-3 years to expect investment from this fund. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. However, start-ups from 1 other country can be found in the fund's portfolio. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. If the applying start-up has 5+ founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name: avalon-ventures.com; User name format in descending order of probability: first, first_initial last

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

97.1% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

38.0% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

2.1 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.33 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.4 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


Funds Investing in Previous

Union Square Ventures, Y Combinator, Austin Ventures

Funds Investing Together

Sigma Partners, Foundry Group, Austin Ventures

Funds Investing in Following

Union Square Ventures, Sigma Partners, Venrock

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