Spark Capital

Spark Capital

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Headquarters Location

United States, Boston

About

Spark Capital is a well known and established VC, which was founded in 2005. This investor is located in North America, United States. The primary office of this VC is located in Boston.

The fund was established by Paul Conway, Santo Politi, Todd Dagres. The overall number of key employees in the fund's team is 9.

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 Twitter, Slack Technologies, Coinbase. We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Enterprise Software, E-Commerce. In addition, there are 109 more industries where it has achieved success. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. If the applying start-up has 4 founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded. The country of its foundation and the country of the most frequent investments for the fund coincides - United States. In addition to this location, the fund participated in 9 other locations.

Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. The most exits for the fund occurred in 2016. In terms of the fund's performance, this VC has 36 percentage points more exits when compared to other organizations. Spark Capital participates, on average, in 14 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments in other funds. The fund typically enters into 25-48 deals annually. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from Spark Capital is 500 millions - 1 billion dollars. In 2019, the fund's activity was at its peak. Additionally, in 2019 the fund was active.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 5-6 other investors. Besides Spark Capital, start-ups are typically funded by Tuesday Capital, Bezos Expeditions, Uncork Capital and 271 more VCs. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are Y Combinator, Tuesday Capital, Kleiner Perkins, the total number of co-investors is 257. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by T. Rowe Price, IVP (Institutional Venture Partners), Matrix Partners, as well as 177 other investors.

Year Founded

2005

Fund Activity

Operative

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: sparkcapital.com; User name format in descending order of probability: first

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

99.4% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]

13-24

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

38.9% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]

x7.5

Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

4.9 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.33 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]

0.58 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]

20

Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]

2

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

3

Funds Investing in Previous
Rounds

Tuesday Capital, Bezos Expeditions, Uncork Capital

Funds Investing Together

Y Combinator, Tuesday Capital, Kleiner Perkins

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