Hearst Ventures

Founded 1995


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Total investments 124
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 80
Rounds per year 4.77
Lead investments 9
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 33
Key employees 7
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Advertising
  • Internet
  • Software
  • Mobile
  • Video

Hearst Ventures appeared to be the VC, which was created in 1995. The company was established in North America in United States. Hearst Ventures appeared to be a CVC structure as part of the corporation. The main department of described VC is located in the New York.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Hearst Ventures, startups are often financed by Trident Capital, First Round Capital, Accel. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Trident Capital, SoftBank Capital, Sky. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by GGV Capital, Trident Capital, Allen & Company.

The overall number of key employees were 7.

The top activity for fund was in 2017. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 investment rounds annually. The typical startup value when the investment from Hearst Ventures is 100-500 millions dollars. The real fund results show that this VC is 2 percentage points less often commits exit comparing to other companies. This Hearst Ventures works on 3 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2012.

For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Pandora, Roku, Inc., Buzzfeed. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are Mobile, Social Media. The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Electronic Equipment and Instruments
Mapping Services
Media and Information Services (B2B)
Real Estate
$20M26 Oct 2021 Santa Monica, California, United States

The Plum Guide

Travel Accommodations
Vacation Rental
$9M07 Oct 2021 London, England, United Kingdom


$82M06 Oct 2021 Bath, England, United Kingdom

Duality Technologies

Artificial Intelligence
Cyber Security
$30M05 Oct 2021 Newark, New Jersey, United States

Vyne Technologies

Financial Services
$15M23 Sep 2021 London, England, United Kingdom


Image Recognition
Mobile Apps
$26M14 Sep 2021 San Diego, California, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Auto Insurance
Home Services
Life Insurance
Price Comparison
$100M01 Sep 2021 Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Autonomous Vehicles
$142M16 Aug 2021 Israel, Tel Aviv District, Israel


Financial Services
$6M29 Jul 2021 Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China
Drone data analytics provider DroneBase nabs $20M

– DroneBase, a company providing drones as a service to capture high-resolution aerial photos, announced that it raised $20 million in a funding round led by Euclidean Capital with participation from Union Square Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Energy Transition Ventures, Hearst Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, and Valor Equity Partners.
– The company says that the funds will be put toward expansion in the renewable energy industry and other segments with “high-value” infrastructure, like commercial real estate and insurance.
– Investments in drone startups are growing as the benefits of AI applied to aerial photography become clear. For example, algorithms analyze images from drones to monitor for corrosion, pests, and even livestock health. And insurers like State Farm leverage drones for claims inspections, assessing on-the-ground damage, and emergency resources following a disaster.

Truepic, which just raised $26M in a Microsoft-led round, aims to verify the authenticity of photos and videos

– Truepic, a digital image verification software provider, has raised $26m in a Series B funding round.
– The round was led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, and joined by Adobe, Sony Innovation Fund, Hearst Ventures and individuals from Stone Point Capital.
– The company has raised $36m since its 2015 inception.


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