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WS Investments

WS Investments

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Headquarters Location

United States, Palo Alto


The VC's location is in North America, United States. The primary office of this VC is located in Palo Alto.

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Cloudian, Driveroo are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund. Among their most successful investment fields, we have identified Medical, Marketplace. Also, because of its portfolio diversification tendency, we can highlight 23 more industries for this fund. The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 2-3. The country of its foundation and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. If the applying start-up has 5+ founders, it is very unlikely that funding will be awarded.

We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2003. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are most common for this fund. In comparison with other funds, WS Investments makes 2 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from WS Investments is 10-50 millions dollars. In 2017, the fund's activity was at its peak. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 10 percentage points less exits in comparison to other VCs. The fund typically enters into 2-6 deals annually.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 other investors. Along with WS Investments, start-ups are often financed by Intel Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners, Polaris Partners as well as 23 other investors. The fund often co-invests with Polaris Partners, Physic Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, overall with 15 funds from our list. The investors in the following rounds are usually TCV, Wayra, Sequoia Capital, and 19 VCs in total.

This VC was founded by Larry W. Sonsini. We also identified another 2 core personnel in our database.

Fund Activity


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:; User name format in descending order of probability: first '.' last, first last, first_initial last, last first_initial, first

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

100.0% of cases

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

8.3% of cases

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


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

6.6 years

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.26 out of 1

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


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


Funds Investing in Previous

Intel Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners, Polaris Partners

Funds Investing in Following

TCV, Wayra, Sequoia Capital

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