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Vulcan Capital

Investor type Family Investment Office
Founders Paul Allen


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Total investments 271
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 167
Rounds per year 10.84
Lead investments 48
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 43
Key employees 5
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture
Private Equity

Areas of investment

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

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

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Marathon Education

$5M06 Oct 2022 Vietnam, Saint James, Jamaica

Esensi Solusi Buana

Information Technology
$28M29 Aug 2022 Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia


Cyber Security
$8M03 Jul 2022 Singapore, Central Region, Singapore


Health Care
$10M15 Jun 2022 Singapore, Central Region, Singapore


Consumer Electronics
Information Technology
Mobile Devices
$135M13 Jun 2022 Washington, United States


Sales Automation
$6M31 May 2022 Singapore, Central, Singapore


Social Media
$12M26 Apr 2022 Singapore, Central Region, Singapore


Electric Vehicle
$4M13 Apr 2022 Seattle, Washington, United States


Health Care
$12M25 Mar 2022 Singapore, Central, Singapore
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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