Friday, January 1, 2016

U.S. Venture Partners: Helping Entrepreneurs Build Competitive Companies

Since its inception in 1981 by Bill Bowes, Robert Sackman, and Stuart Moldaw, U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) has been committed to its mission of helping entrepreneurs build competitive world-class companies. As a venture capital investment firm, it has made over $2.7 billion in investments in more than 450 companies across diverse industries including IT security, enterprise software, consumer internet, healthcare, e-commerce, and IT-enabled healthcare services. Many – 84 as of 2015 – of the companies where it invested in have successfully completed their initial public offering.

USVP is currently on its tenth institutional fund known as USVP X. Its investment team presently includes Dafina Toncheva, Casey Tansey, Jacques Benkoski, Jonathan Root, Steve Krausz, John Hadl, Rick Lewis, and Alfonso Castillo.

Among its select portfolio of companies are 4INFO, Castlight Health, GoPro, Act-On, Box, Intersect ENT, Heartflow,, Omada Health, Quixey, HotelTonight, PlaceIQ, Zefr, OncoMed, Smartling, and Zerto. The firm has also made several notable historical investments in Sun Microsystems, PetSmart, SanDisk, Callaway Golf, Checkpoint, Yammer, St. Francis Medical, Ross Stores, Nanostim, Ask Jeeves, Proleolix, Adify, Guidewire Software, Mellanox, Dotomi, Imperva, Trusteer, Vontu, and Trunk Club.

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