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Clearstone Venture Partners

Clearstone Venture Partners

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Headquarters Location

United States, Santa Monica


Clearstone Venture Partners is a well known and established VC, which was founded in 1998. The fund is located in United States, North America. The primary office of this VC is located in Santa Monica.

The fund generally invests in 2-6 deals every year. Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Clearstone Venture Partners is 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. The most exits for the fund occurred in 2010. In terms of the fund's performance, this VC has 3 percentage points more exits when compared to other organizations. This fund was the most active in 2006. Clearstone Venture Partners participates, on average, in 8 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments in other funds.

The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. When a start-up has 5+ founders, the probability of closing the deal is low. Among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund, are PayPal, AOptix Technologies, Aceva Technologies. We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Information Technology, Mobile. In addition, there are 32 more industries where it has achieved success. The country of its foundation and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. Besides this, the fund also invested in 2 other countries. The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 4-5.

The fund was created by Bill Elkus. The overall number of key employees in the fund's team is 5.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with 4-5 others. Along with Clearstone Venture Partners, start-ups are often financed by Kleiner Perkins, NeoCarta Ventures, Mayfield Fund as well as 40 other investors. The most common co-investors for the fund are Mayfield Fund, NeoCarta Ventures, Evercore Partners and also 53 different VCs. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Mayfield Fund, Kleiner Perkins, NeoCarta Ventures, as well as 46 other investors.

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:; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, last, first

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

97.9% 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]

40.0% 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]

2.7 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at]

0.11 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]

0.13 out of 1

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


Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]


Funds Investing in Previous

Kleiner Perkins, NeoCarta Ventures, Mayfield Fund

Funds Investing in Following

Mayfield Fund, Kleiner Perkins, NeoCarta Ventures

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