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HarbourVest Partners

HarbourVest Partners

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Headquarters Location

United States, Boston


HarbourVest Partners was established in 1982, and is a well known VC. The main office of this VC is situated in Boston. The VC's location is in North America, United States.

The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. However, start-ups from 8 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio. Ultimate Software, Wayfair, Shopzilla are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. When a start-up has 4 founders, the probability of closing the deal is low. The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 6-10. Among their most successful investment fields, we have identified Consulting, Information Technology. Also, because of its portfolio diversification tendency, we can highlight 51 more industries for this fund.

Besides the listed founders, we have found 46 key employees of this fund in our database.

Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are most common for this fund. When HarbourVest Partners invests, the average start-up valuation is 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. HarbourVest Partners participates, on average, in 14 percentage points more than the average amount of lead investments in other funds. The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 5 percentage points more exits in comparison to other VCs. The fund typically enters into 2-6 deals annually. The highest number of exits from this fund were in 2019. This fund was the most active in 2000. In addition, the fund was active in 2019.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with 4-5 others. Besides HarbourVest Partners, start-ups are typically funded by Menlo Ventures, DFJ, BDC Venture Capital and 71 more VCs. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are Sequoia Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners & Growth Equity, Menlo Ventures, the total number of co-investors is 75. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually supported by Pitango Venture Capital, Sequoia Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners & Growth Equity, out of 46 investors from our database.

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: harbourvest.com; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, first last, last first_initial, first last_initial, first

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

96.8% 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]

25.4% 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]

1.4 years

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

0.28 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

Menlo Ventures, DFJ, BDC Venture Capital

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