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Foundation Capital

Foundation Capital

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Headquarters Location

United States, Palo Alto


Foundation Capital is the renowned VC, which was created in 1995. The the headquarters of this VC is in Palo Alto. The fund is located in United States, North America.

The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. If the applying start-up has 5+ founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded. The country of its foundation and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. Besides this, the fund also invested in 9 other countries. Moreover, a start-up needs to be 4-5 years old to get investment from this fund. Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are Security, Analytics. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 97 more areas of investment. Uber, Lending Club, Graphcore are among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund.

In terms of the fund's performance, this VC has 4 percentage points more exits when compared to other organizations. Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. This fund was the most active in 2015. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. The fund usually participates in 13-24 investment rounds per year. At the time of investment by Foundation Capital, a typical start-up valuation would be more than 1 billion dollars. The most exits for the fund occurred in 2014. Foundation Capital is involved in 6 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments when compared with other funds.

The fund was created by Bill Elmore, Kathryn Gould. Besides the listed founders, we have found 15 key employees of this fund in our database.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 other investors. Along with Foundation Capital, start-ups are often financed by Mayfield Fund, Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures as well as 221 other investors. The fund often co-invests with Slow Ventures, Intel Capital, Granite Ventures, overall with 295 funds from our list. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Intel Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Sigma Partners, as well as 239 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, first last, first last_initial, last, last first_initial

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

97.3% 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]

38.8% 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]

2.8 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at]

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]

0.57 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]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

Mayfield Fund, Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures

Funds Investing Together

Slow Ventures, Intel Capital, Granite Ventures

Funds Investing in Following

Intel Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Sigma Partners

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