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Sands Capital Ventures

Investor type Private Equity Firm
Founders Frank M. Sands Jr. Frank M. Sands Sr. Michael Rubin


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Total investments 132
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 88
Rounds per year 4.40
Lead investments 20
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 23
Key employees 3
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Biotechnology
  • Software
  • Health Care
  • Health Diagnostics
  • Enterprise Software

In 1992 was created Sands Capital Ventures, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Arlington. The fund was located in North America if to be more exact in United States.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 6-7 participants. Despite the Sands Capital Ventures, startups are often financed by Kleiner Perkins, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are RA Capital Management, Northpond Ventures, Sequoia Capital India. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Founders Circle Capital, Accel, Norwest Venture Partners.

The current fund was established by Michael Rubin. Besides them, we counted 3 critical employees of this fund in our database.

Deals in the range of 50 - 100 millions dollars are the general things for fund. When the investment is from Sands Capital Ventures the average startup value is more than 1 billion dollars. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 4 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2018. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 deals per year. The important activity for fund was in 2019. Comparing to the other companies, this Sands Capital Ventures performs on 9 percentage points less the average number of lead investments.

Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Slack Technologies, MuleSoft, Lending Club For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. The fund has 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. Among the most successful fund investment fields, there are E-Commerce, Information Technology. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Cyber Security
Developer Tools
Network Security
Open Source
$196M12 Dec 2022 Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Business Intelligence
Intelligent Systems
Machine Learning
Predictive Analytics
$16M20 Oct 2022 Reston, Virginia, United States

Vitara Biomedical

Child Care
Health Care
Health Diagnostics
Medical Device
$75M13 Sep 2022 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Elephas Biosciences

Health Care
Medical Device
$41M06 Sep 2022 Madison, Wisconsin, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Health Care
Information Technology
$223M25 Jul 2022 New York, New York, United States


Health Care
$55M11 Jul 2022 New York, New York, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Digital Media
Machine Learning
Media and Entertainment
$20M09 Jun 2022 London, England, United Kingdom


Cloud Security
Cyber Security
Information Technology
Network Security
$5M24 May 2022 Walnut, California, United States

Redbud Brands

Brand Marketing
Consumer Goods
$46M23 May 2022 Austin, Texas, United States
AI-driven voice assistant PolyAI raises $14M round led by Khosla Ventures

– PolyAI, a voice assistant company, raised $15m funding.
– The round was led by Silicon Valley’s Khosla Ventures, and joined by Point72 Ventures, Amadeus Capital, Sands Capital Ventures, Passion Capital and Entrepreneur First.
– It brings PolyAI to a valuation of $100m.
– PolyAI claims its voice assistant can be turned live more quickly, in more languages, and charges on a per-minute basis.

Exo secures $200M toward commercializing ultrasound device

– Exo, a handheld ultrasound device and point-of-care workflow platform, raised $220m funding.
– The round was led by RA Capital Management and joined by BlackRock, Sands Capital, Avidity Partners, Pura Vida Investments and prior investors.
– The company plans to use the funding to commercialize its device and to build out its informatics platform.


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