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Sands Capital Ventures

Sands Capital Ventures

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Headquarters Location

United States, Arlington


Sands Capital Ventures was established in 1992, and is a well known VC. The fund is located in United States, North America. The main office of this VC is situated in Arlington.

The fund was established by Michael Rubin. Besides the listed founders, we have found 3 key employees of this fund in our database.

The most exits for the fund occurred in 2018. Deals in the range of 50 - 100 millions dollars are most common for this fund. The fund typically enters into 2-6 deals annually. In comparison with other funds, Sands Capital Ventures makes 9 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments. In 2019, the fund's activity was at its peak. Additionally, in 2019 the fund was active. In real terms, this VC performs 4 percentage points more exits than other funds. When Sands Capital Ventures invests, the average start-up valuation is more than 1 billion dollars.

The fund has specific requirements for the number of founders in a start-up. If the applying start-up has 5+ founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded. Slack Technologies, MuleSoft, Lending Club are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. Also, a start-up has to be aged 4-5 years to expect investment from this fund. The country of its foundation and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. Besides this, the fund also invested in 4 other countries. Among their most successful investment fields, we have identified E-Commerce, Information Technology. Also, because of its portfolio diversification tendency, we can highlight 38 more industries for this fund.

The fund typically invests in rounds with 6-7 participants. Besides Sands Capital Ventures, start-ups are typically funded by Kleiner Perkins, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and 68 more VCs. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are RA Capital Management, Northpond Ventures, Sequoia Capital India, the total number of co-investors is 66. The investors in the following rounds are usually Founders Circle Capital, Accel, Norwest Venture Partners, and 33 VCs in total.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


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

94.4% 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]

15.9% 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]

6.2 years

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

0.33 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]


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


Funds Investing in Following

Founders Circle Capital, Accel, Norwest Venture Partners

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