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Matrix Partners

Matrix Partners

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Headquarters Location

United States, San Francisco


Matrix Partners is the renowned VC, which was created in 1977. The fund is located in United States, North America. The primary office of this VC is located in San Francisco.

Matrix Partners participates, on average, in 8 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments in other funds. The fund's activity peaked in 2012. In addition, the fund was active in 2019. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Matrix Partners is 100-500 millions dollars. The highest number of exits from this fund were in 2014. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are most common for this fund. The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 9 percentage points more exits in comparison to other VCs. The fund generally invests in 13-24 deals every year.

The fund was established by Paul J. Ferri. We also identified another 12 core personnel in our database.

Moreover, a start-up needs to be 2-3 years old to get investment from this fund. Among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund, are, Olacabs, Aruba Networks. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. 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. Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are Software, SaaS. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 93 more areas of investment.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 other investors. Along with Matrix Partners, start-ups are often financed by Sequoia Capital China, Pilot House Ventures, Spark Capital as well as 183 other investors. The most common co-investors for the fund are Worldview Technology Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and also 241 different VCs. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Sequoia Capital China, Intel Capital, Goldman Sachs, as well as 197 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, first last_initial, last first_initial

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

96.1% of cases

Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

41.3% 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]

4.2 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at]

0.13 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]

0.53 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

Sequoia Capital China, Pilot House Ventures, Spark Capital

Funds Investing in Following

Sequoia Capital China, Intel Capital, Goldman Sachs

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