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Highland Capital Partners

Highland Capital Partners

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Headquarters Location

United States, Palo Alto


Highland Capital Partners is a well known and established VC, which was founded in 1988. The main office of this VC is situated in Palo Alto. This investor is located in North America, United States.

This VC was founded by Bob Higgins, Paul Maeder. We also identified another 6 core personnel in our database.

Highland Capital Partners is involved in 5 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments when compared with other funds. The fund's activity peaked in 2007. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The most exits for the fund occurred in 2018. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Highland Capital Partners is 100-500 millions dollars. The fund generally invests in 13-24 deals every year. The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 12 percentage points more exits in comparison to other VCs.

Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are E-Commerce, Health Care. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 81 more areas of investment. The country of its foundation and the country of the most frequent investments for the fund coincides - United States. In addition to this location, the fund participated in 9 other locations. The fund has no a preferred number of founders for start-ups that it invests in. When a start-up has 5+ founders, the probability of closing the deal is low. Moreover, a start-up needs to be 4-5 years old to get investment from this fund. Among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund, are Auris Health, Inc., Starent Networks, Qihoo 360 Technology.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 other investors. Aside from Highland Capital Partners, start-ups are often funded by Sigma Partners, Index Ventures, DCM Ventures and 201 other funds. The most common co-investors for the fund are New Enterprise Associates, Highland Europe, GV and also 252 different VCs. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually supported by Sigma Partners, Atlas Venture, Accel, out of 222 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: hcp.com; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last, first last, last first_initial, first, last

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]

36.3% 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]

2.9 years

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

0.63 out of 1

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


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


Funds Investing in Previous

Sigma Partners, Index Ventures, DCM Ventures

Funds Investing Together

New Enterprise Associates, Highland Europe, GV

Funds Investing in Following

Sigma Partners, Atlas Venture, Accel

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