Illuminate Ventures

Illuminate Ventures

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Headquarters Location

United States, Oakland


Illuminate Ventures was established in 2009, and is a well known VC. The main office of this VC is situated in Oakland. The VC's location is in North America, United States.

Also, a start-up has to be aged 2-3 years to expect investment from this fund. Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are Real Time, Analytics. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 11 more areas of investment. The fund has no specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. When a start-up has 4 or 5+ founders, the probability of closing the deal is low. Coupang, CafeX Communications, Influitive are among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. However, start-ups from 2 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio.

The fund was established by Cindy Padnos. We also identified another 2 core personnel in our database.

The fund typically enters into 2-6 deals annually. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Illuminate Ventures is more than 1 billion dollars. The fund's activity peaked in 2014. Additionally, in 2019 the fund was active. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are most common for this fund. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2015. The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 7 percentage points more exits in comparison to other VCs. Illuminate Ventures is involved in 14 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments when compared with other funds.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with 4-5 others. Besides Illuminate Ventures, start-ups are typically funded by Rembrandt Venture Partners, Bay Partners, Altos Ventures and 19 more VCs. The fund often co-invests with Altos Ventures, Morado Ventures, Webb Investment Network, overall with 29 funds from our list. The investors in the following rounds are usually Rembrandt Venture Partners, Altos Ventures, Relay Ventures, and 23 VCs in total.

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, first '.' last

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

100.0% 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]

42.6% 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]

4.5 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at]

0.2 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]

0.2 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

Rembrandt Venture Partners, Bay Partners, Altos Ventures

Funds Investing in Following

Rembrandt Venture Partners, Altos Ventures, Relay Ventures

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