Sozo Ventures

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Koichiro Nakamura Phil Wickham

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Total investments 22
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$46M
Portfolio companies 18
Rounds per year 2.44
Lead investments 5
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
0.18
Exits 6
Key employees 5
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Enterprise Software
  • Software
  • SaaS
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
Summary

Sozo Ventures appeared to be the VC, which was created in 2012. The venture was found in North America in United States. The main department of described VC is located in the Palo Alto.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 6-7 partakers. Despite the Sozo Ventures, startups are often financed by Emergence, Battery Ventures, Trinity Ventures. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Emergence, Kleiner Perkins, Cloud Apps Capital Partners. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Kleiner Perkins, True Ventures, Spark Capital.

Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Palantir Technologies, Coinbase, Square. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are SaaS, Bitcoin. The fund has exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. If startup sums 3 of the founder, the chance for it to be financed is low.

The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The top activity for fund was in 2016. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 deals per year. The real fund results show that this VC is 11 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies. This Sozo Ventures works on 10 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments comparing to the other organizations. When the investment is from Sozo Ventures the average startup value is more than 1 billion dollars.

The overall number of key employees were 5.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

SWORD Health

Health Care
Medical
Other Healthcare Technology Systems
Personal Health
Therapeutic Devices
Therapeutics
Wellness
$163M22 Nov 2021 New York, New York, United States

Tessian

Artificial Intelligence
Cyber Security
Email
Machine Learning
Professional Services
$8M10 Aug 2021 London, England, United Kingdom

Kargo

Computer Vision
Freight Service
Industrial Automation
Logistics
Supply Chain Management
$8M11 Feb 2021 San Francisco, California, United States

Metagenomi

Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
$75M12 Nov 2020 California, United States

Playco

Gamification
Gaming
Online Games
Video Streaming
$100M21 Sep 2020 Chiyoda, Japan

Chorus.ai

Analytics
Artificial Intelligence
Big Data
Customer Service
Information Technology
Machine Learning
Sales
Software
$45M28 Jul 2020 San Francisco, California, United States

Metagenomi

Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
$26M16 Aug 2019 California, United States

Chainalysis

Analytics
Bitcoin
Blockchain
Cryptocurrency
Financial Exchanges
FinTech
Software
$6M16 Apr 2019 New York, United States

Fastly

Cloud Security
Content Delivery Network
Enterprise Software
Internet
Security
$40M17 Jul 2018 San Francisco, California, United States
News
Aromyx Raises $10M in Series A Funding

– Aromyx from Mountain View, CA applies biotechnology and data science to capture sensory data.
– Company raised $10m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Rabo Food&Ag Innovation Fund and Sozo Ventures with participation from existing investors Ulu Ventures, Radicle Growth, Capital Energy and Merus Capital.
– The funding will be used to help the company increase capacity and automation capabilities, generate more data, improve AI algorithms, and expand its lab and software teams.

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