Vulcan Capital

Founded 1997
Founders Paul Allen


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Total investments 192
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 148
Rounds per year 8.00
Lead investments 36
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 39
Key employees 5
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • SaaS
  • Information Technology
  • Internet
  • Health Care

Vulcan Capital is the famous VC, which was founded in 2003. The main department of described VC is located in the Seattle. The venture was found in North America in United States.

For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United States. Moreover, a startup needs to be at the age of 4-5 years to get the investment from the fund. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Internet, Big Data. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Alibaba, Uber, Spotify.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 5-6 partakers. Despite the Vulcan Capital, startups are often financed by RRE Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Benchmark. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are DFJ, Maveron, Kleiner Perkins. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by DFJ, Tiger Global Management, T. Rowe Price.

The fund is generally included in 7-12 deals every year. The typical startup value when the investment from Vulcan Capital is more than 1 billion dollars. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2018. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 50 - 100 millions dollars. Opposing the other organizations, this Vulcan Capital works on 7 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 3 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The high activity for fund was in 2018. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity.

The fund was created by Paul Allen. Besides them, we counted 5 critical employees of this fund in our database.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRoundRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Cloud Infrastructure
Cyber Security
$15M06 Sep 2021

Nifty Games

Digital Entertainment
Video Games
$26M31 Aug 2021 California San Francisco United States


Ad Targeting
Artificial Intelligence
Digital Marketing
Digital Media
Media and Entertainment
$11M03 Aug 2021 California Los Angeles United States


Artificial Intelligence
Health Care
$6M28 Jul 2021 Seattle United States Washington

Avenger Flight Group

$155M06 Jul 2021 United States, Fort Lauderdale

Nautilus Biotechnology

Life Science
$200M10 Jun 2021 California United States


Asset Management
Information Technology
$39M09 Jun 2021 California San Francisco United States


Industrial Automation
$13M18 May 2021 Seattle United States Washington


$4M12 May 2021 Seattle United States Washington
Zola Electric closes $90M funding round to scale technology and enter new markets

– Zola Electric, a solar energy provider, raised $90m in funding.
– The funding raised is a combination of debt and equity, $45 million each.
– The equity bit was led by TotalEnergies Ventures — the capital venture of TotalEnergies; SF-based impact VC firm DBL Partners; Africa’s largest PE firm Helios Investment Partners; Vulcan Capital, the investment arm of Paul Allen; Lyndon and Pete Rive (founders of Tesla-owned SolarCity); and New York-based utility-focused hedge fund Electron Capital Partners.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand into new markets and drive distributed renewable energy.

Borneo Raises $18M in Series A Funding

– Borneo is a Singapore-based real-time data security and privacy observability platform.
– Company raised $18m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Vulcan Capital and Prosus Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to continue investing in its technology platform and customer demand.


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