Welcome to the DealMakers show, hosted by Alejandro Cremades. Alejandro is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, and cofounder at Panthera Advisors (M&A and fundraising advisory). On this podcast you will find interviews with entrepreneurs that have been very successful at raising capital or getting their company acquired. You will learn what they did right and what mistakes they made through the process of closing the deal. DealMakers is the ultimate guide for entrepreneurs and senior executives that are in the process of fundraising or selling their company.
Thejo Kote is the co-founder and CEO of Airbase which is an all-in-one platform for spend management, giving companies unprecedented financial control and visibility. The company has raised so far $7 million from First Round Capital, BoxGroup, Village Global, and Quiet Capital. Prior to this, Thejo Kote sold a company for over $100 million.
Dimitri Sirota is the cofounder and CEO of BigID which develops a software that helps companies have a secure customer data and satisfy privacy regulations. The company has raised so far $96 million from investors such as Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Western Technology Investment, Boldstart Ventures, and Deepfork Capital to name a few. Prior to this the founded wo enterprise software companies focused on security (eTunnels) and API management (Layer 7 Technologies), which was sold to CA Technologies in 2013 for $200M.
Chuck Cohn is the co-founder and CEO of Varsity Tutors which is a live learning platform that connects students and professionals with personalized instruction to achieve any goal. The company has raised so far over $100 million from investors such as TCV, Learn Capital, and the Chan Zuckerberg initiative to name a few.
Ben Sigelman is a co-founder and CEO at LightStep, a company that makes complex microservice applications more transparent and reliable. The company has raised $70 million from investors like Sequoia Capital, Redpoint, Harrison Metal, Cowboy Ventures, and Altimer Capital. Prior to this, he was an employee at Google for nine years.
Shoaib Makani is the co-founder and CEO of KeepTruckin which is helping trucking companies manage their fleets and have their drivers legally log their hours. The company has raised over $200 million at a $1.4 billion valuation from investors like Index Ventures, Google Ventures, IVP, Scale Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital, and ITOCHU Corporation. Before becoming a trucker, Shoaib Makani was a VC at Khosla Ventures and also an employee at Google.
Shishir Mehrotra is the CEO and Co-Founder of Coda which creates online documents and the utility of applications into a single new canvas. The company has raised over $60 million from investors like NEA, Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock, and General Catalyst. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Product and Engineering at Youtube.
Lior Elazary is the cofounder of inVia Robotics which provides next-generation robotics warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce distribution centers and supply chains. The company has raised $30 million from Point72 Ventures, Upfront Ventures, and Embark Ventures to name a few. Prior to this, Lior Elazary sold his first business for $20 million and his next one for $400 million.
Sujai Hajela and Bob Friday are the cofounders of Mist Systems which is leading the transition to AI-driven IT, making Wi-Fi predictable, reliable and measurable by providing visibility and proactive automation to the user experience across the AI-driven enterprise. The company raised $90 million from Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, and Norwest Venture Partners. Ultimately the company got acquired by Juniper Networks in a deal worth $405 million.
Stuart Landesberg is the co-founder and CEO of Grove Collaborative which has an owned direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform for natural home and personal care products. The company has raised over $200 million at a $1B+ valuation from investors like Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, General Atlantic, Marc Bell Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Nextview Ventures, and Bullpen Capital to name a few.
Sanjay Shah is the founder and CEO of Vistex which is an enterprise software company, providing solutions to drive customer growth and partner relations. The company was bootstrapped to $250 million in revenue without outside investment. Recently the company raised $65 million from Accel-KKR.
Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and co-founder of HackerRank, a company that is on a mission to match every developer to the right job based on skills, not pedigree. The company has raised $60 million from investors like SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Battery Ventures, JMI Equity, and ZenShin Capital.
Ashish Thusoo is the co-founder and CEO at Qubole which delivers a Self-Service Platform for Big Data Analytics built on Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Oracle Clouds. The company has raised $87 million from top investors like Charles River Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, IVP, Singtel Inno8, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Vijay Balasubramaniyan is the co-founder and CEO of Pindrop which is a pioneer in voice security and authentication. The company has raised to date over $200 million from top tier investors such as Andresseen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Redpoint, Felicis Ventures, Sigma Partners, and IVP.
Jennifer Fitzgerald is the co-founder and CEO of Policygenius which has developed an easier way to compare and buy insurance. Policygenius has raised to date over $50 million from top investors like Norwest Venture Partners, Revolution, Susa Ventures, AXA Venture Partners, Otter Rock Capital, and Karlin Ventures to name a few.
Saeju Jeong is the cofounder and CEO of Noom which provides mobile health coaching, focused on combating chronic and pre-chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. The company has raised over $100 million from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, RRE Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Samsung Ventures, TransLink Capital, Scrum Ventures, Recruit Strategic Partners, and LB Investment to name a few.
Jonathan Cherki is the founder and CEO of Contentsquare which provides a solution for mobile & web customer experience optimization. Jonathan Cherki has raised over $120 million for Contentsquare from investors such as Canaan Partners, Highland Europe, Eurazeo, and H14. In addition, the company has also acquired Clicktale and Pricing Assistant.
Rajaie Batniji is the cofounder of Collective Health which is a company providing an alternative to traditional health insurance. The company has raised over $430 million. Their lineup of tier-one investors includes Softbank, DFJ Growth, Life Financial, Google Ventures, NEA, Formation 8, Great Oaks, RRE Ventures, Signatures Capital, Maverick Ventures, Redpoint, Oakhouse Partners, S28 Capital, MSA Capital, and Green Bay Ventures.
Steve Loughlin is a partner at Accel Partners where he focuses on AI, collaboration, and Sass startups at an early stage. Prior to Accel Partners, Steve Loughlin cofounded RelateIQ which offered a relationship intelligence platform that allows teams to track, share and analyze professional relationships. The company was acquired by Salesforce for $390 million.
Ara Mahdessian and Vahe Kuzoyan are the cofounders of ServiceTitan which is a service management software that helps leading home services businesses generate more leads and close more sales. The company has raised over $370 million at a $1.6 billion valuation from investors like Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Battery Ventures, I2BF Global Ventures, and Dragoneer Investment Group.
Michael Serbinis is the co-founder and CEO of League which is a digital health platform that connects people to a comprehensive network of health services and benefits. The company has raised over $70 million from Omers Ventures, BDC Venture Capital, Foundation Capital, Real Ventures, Telus Ventures, and RBC Venture Partners to name a few. Prior to this, Michael Serbinis founded DocSpace (acquired by Critical Path) and Kobo (acquired by Rakuten).
Ali Ghodsi is the cofounder and CEO of Databricks which accelerates innovation by unifying analytics across data science, data engineering, and the business. The company has raised $500M at a $2.75B valuation from NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Microsoft, Coatue Management, Green Bay Ventures, and SineWave Ventures to name a few.
Daniel Cane is the cofounder of Modernizing Medicine which has created the Electronic Medical Assistant, a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical record system. The company has raised to date around $300 million in funding from Warburg Pincus, Summit Partners, Sands Capital Ventures, and IBM. Prior to this he was a cofounder of Blackboard which sold for $1.6 billion.
David Karandish is the co-founder and CEO of Capacity which is an enterprise artificial intelligence SaaS company focused on helping teams do their best work. The company has raised to date over $23 million from a Midwest network of private and angel investors. Prior to this, David built and sold Answers.com for $950 million.
Ido Susan is the cofounder and CEO of DriveNets which is a fast-growing software company that is revolutionizing Communications service provider (CSP) networks. The company has raised one of the largest Series A financing rounds to date which amounted to $120 million. Prior to this he founded Intucell which offered a self-optimizing network solution that enabled radio operators to better utilize their radio access networks. Intucell was acquired by Cisco for $475 million.
Yuchun Lee is the founder and CEO of Allego which provides a mobile video-based sales learning and development platform. Prior to this, he was the founder and CEO at Unica which offered enterprise marketing management and cloud-based marketing solutions to companies and different industries. Unica was acquired by IBM for $500 million after taking it public. Interestingly, while at MIT he was also a member of the famed MIT Blackjack Team that inspired the bestseller Bringing Down the House and subsequent movie “21.”
Jay Chaudhry is the co-founder and CEO of Zscaler which is a global cloud-based information security company. He took Zscaler public and currently has a $10B market cap. Prior to this, he founded AirDefense (acquired by Motorola), CipherTrust (acquired by Secure Computing), CoreHarbor (acquired by AT&T) and Secure IT (acquired by VeriSign).
Bill Clerico is the co-founder and CEO of WePay which is a leading provider of integrated payments for software platforms. The company raised $75 million from SV Angel, Highland Capital Partners, Ignition Partners, August Capital, and founders of YouTube and PayPal. Ultimately the company was acquired by JPMorgan for a reported $400 million.
Joe DeSimone is the co-founder and CEO of Carbon which is reinventing how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured, and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. The company has raised over $680 million from Sequoia, Google Ventures, GE, Adidas, BMW, Johnson & Johnson, and JSR. They’ve also got Fidelity, Baillie Gifford, and Madrone Capital Partners as well as investment from additional international sovereign funds. Prior to this Joe DeSimone was a university professor for over 20 years.
Tim Hwang is the co-founder and CEO of FiscalNote which uses artificial intelligence and big data to deliver predictive analytics of governmental action to determine its impact. The company has raised $230 million from investors like Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang (co-founder of Yahoo!), New Enterprise Associates, Plug and Play, AME Cloud Ventures, QueensBridge Venture Partners, Dorm Room Fund, Winklevoss Capital, Middleland Capital, Visionnaire Ventures, or 645 Ventures to name a few.
Sanjay Beri is founder and CEO of Netskope which is a leading cloud access security broker. The company has raised $400 million at a $1B+ valuation. Investors include Lightspeed, Accel, Social Capital, and ICONIQ. Prior to this, Sanjay was the co-founder of one of the world’s first data center encryption companies, Ingrian Networks, which was acquired by SafeNet.
Michael Cammarata is the CEO of Neptunes Wellness Solutions which is a publicly-traded company around health and wellness products with a valuation north of half a billion. Prior to this Cammarata cofounded Schmidt Naturals which he sold to Unilever. From 13 to his mid-twenties he also established several other companies which brought him hundreds of millions in revenues.
Frédéric Mazzella is the co-founder and president of BlaBlaCar which is a long-distance carpooling platform that connects drivers with empty seats and passengers to share travel costs. The company has raised over $400 million at a valuation north of $1 billion. Investors include Accel, Index Ventures, Insight Partners, Cabiedes & Partners, ISAI, Grape Arbor VC, Vostok New Ventures and Lead Edge Capital to name a few.
Amit Sharma is the founder and CEO of Narvar, an intelligent customer experience platform that helps commerce companies simplify the everyday lives of consumers. The company has raised $64 million from Accel, Battery, Freestyle Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Salesforce Ventures. Prior to this Amit was a senior executive at Walmart and Apple.
Andy Ory is the co-founder and CEO of 128 Technology which allows company networks to better facilitate the delivery of business services and applications. The company has raised $70 million from G20 Ventures and The Perkins Fund. Prior to this Andy co-founded Acme Packett which provided voice, data and communications services and applications across IP networks for service providers and enterprises. Acme Packet was sold to Oracle for $2.1 billion. He also co-founded Priority Call Management which became one of the world‘s leading suppliers of enhanced calling and messaging solutions. The company got acquired for $162 million.
Gene Berdichevsky is the CEO of Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. which is a chemicals and materials company making next-generation Li-ion battery materials. The company has raised $295 million from investors such as Bessemer Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, Next47, and 8VC. Prior to Sila, Gene was also employee number 7 at Tesla.
Ray Grainger is the co-founder and CEO at Mavenlink which provides a modern software platform for professional and marketing services organizations. The company has raised so far $111 million from investors like Goldman Sachs or Carrick Capital Partners. Prior to Mavenlink, Ray Grainger was the Global Managing Partner at Accenture and also had a leadership position at InQuira.
Sid Sijbrandij is the co-founder and CEO of GitLab which is a web-based open source Git repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features and built-in CI/CD. The company has raised over $158 million from Khosla Ventures, Google Ventures, August Capital, ICONIQ Capital, 500 Startups, and Sound Ventures. The valuation of Gitlab is over $1 billion.
Sanjay Dastoor is the co-founder and CEO of Skip which operates shared electric scooters for reliable last-mile transportation. The company has raised so far over $30 million from Accel, Y Combinator, SV Angels, Menlo Ventures, Initialized Capital, and Maven Ventures. Before Skip, Dastoor cofounded Boosted which builds and develops lightweight, wireless, remote-controlled motorized electric longboards. The company raised $70 million from top investors like Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, and iNovia Capital.
Sanjay Govil is the founder and Chairman of Infinite Computer Solutions which provides technology-based business process solutions, next-gen mobility solutions, and product engineering services. On its initial public offering, the company raised $1.8 billion. The company has over 7,000 employees and generates more than $700 million in annual revenue. Sanjay also founded Zyter(R) which is a cPaaS based platform that leverages the power of the connected enterprise.
Reza Merchant is the founder and CEO of The Collective which is a community of co-living, serviced living or co-working spaces. The company has raised over $850 million. The Collective currently has over 200 employees with locations in London, New York, and Berlin.
Eyal Lifshitz is the co-founder and CEO of BlueVine which provides small and medium-sized businesses with access to fast and simple financial products through an advanced, online platform. The company has raised $140 million in equity capital and over $400 million in debt financing. Its investors include the likes of M12 (Microsoft), Citi Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners – to name a few. Before BlueVine, Eyal was a principal at Greylock Partners’ where he invested over $100 million in capital in start-up companies.
Mark Dankberg is the co-founder and CEO of Viasat which produces satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. He took the company public in 1996. Viasat has a $5 billion market cap at the moment. Viasat has made more than 12 acquisitions.
Rohit Arora is the co-founder and CEO of Biz2Credit which is a hub connecting small business owners with lenders and service providers, and seek solutions based on their online profiles. The company has raised over $55 million from investors such as WestBridge Capital and Nexus Venture Partners. So far Biz2Credit has provided over 15,000 companies with $2.2 billion in loans.
Assaf Wand is the CEO and co-founder of insurtech startup Hippo which offers intuitive and proactive home insurance by taking a smarter, tech-driven approach. The company has raised over $100 million from Lennar Corporation, GGV Capital, Felicis Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Munich Re Ventures, Aquiline Technology Growth, Abstract Ventures, Sinai Ventures, Fifth Wall and Propel Venture Partners. Prior to Hippo Assaf founded Foris Telecom and Sabi (acquired by Urbio Inc.).
David Steinberg is the co-founder and CEO of Zeta Global which offers technology and marketing services to help brands acquire, engage, and retain customers. The company has raised over $150 million at a valuation that is rumored to be over $1.3 billion. Prior to Zeta Global, Steinberg cofounded Sterling Celullar Inc., Inphonic Inc, CAIVIS Acquisition Corp, and XL Marketing Corp.
Kristo Käärmann is the co-founder and CEO of TransferWise which is a money transfer service allowing private individuals and businesses to send money abroad without hidden charges. The company has raised so far $689 million with a $3.5 billion valuation. Investors include SV Angel, Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Kima Ventures, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, IA Ventures, Valar Ventures, or Mosaic Ventures to name a few. Other individual investors include Richard Branson or Max Levchin.
David Gurle is the co-founder and CEO of Symphony which is a secure team collaboration platform. The company has raised so far $460 million at a $1.4 billion valuation from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial, Standard Chartered, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Google, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Citi Group, HSBC, and Wells Fargo. David founded and sold Perzo before founding Symphony.
Don Brown is a serial entrepreneur. The first company he co-founded was Dealership Programming which computed finance payments for customers of car dealers. The company was acquired by General Motors. Don then cofounded Software Artistry, a helpdesk software automation platform, which he sold to IBM for $200 million. He then launched Interactive Intelligence with the idea of providing software-based communications for customer service settings in large organizations. This company was acquired for $1.4 billion. His most recent company is LifeOmic which focuses on precision health where he has invested $20 million of his own capital to finance the operation.
Andrew Dudum is the co-founder and CEO of Hims & Hers which offers a modern approach to health and wellness by eliminating stigmas and making it easier for people to access care as well as treatment for the conditions that impact their daily lives. The company has raised $200 million from Thrive Capital, Forerunner Ventures, SV Angel, Redpoint, Founders Fund, IVP, Cherubic Ventures, 8VC, Maverick Ventures, and Uphonest Capital. He also co-founded the venture builder Atomic which has raised $600 million from top tier investors such as Peter Thiel. Previously he co-founded Ledforpeace and Ever.com.
Vishal Garg is the co-founder and CEO of Better.com which is a direct lender that provides a fast, transparent digital mortgage experience backed by superior customer support. The company has raised so far $160 million from investors such as American Express Ventures, Citigroup, Ally Financial, Goldman Sachs, and Kleiner Perkins. Previously Vishal cofounded MyRichUncle (went public in 2006), Future Finance (raised $450 million), and Climb Credit (raised $100 million).
Tim Chen is the co-founder and CEO of NerdWallet which is a personal finance website and app, that provides unbiased advice. From finding the best credit card to buying a house to investing their next dollar, and more. The company has raised over $69 million from investors such as IVP, RRE, iGlobe Partners, Core Innovation Capital, or Silicon Valley Bank.
Ian Siegel is the co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter which is an online employment marketplace that connects millions of employers and job seekers through mobile and email services. The company has raised over $200 million from investors such as IVP, Industry Ventures, or Basepoint Ventures.
Craig Walker is the co-founder and CEO of Dialpad which offers a cloud-based business phone solution simplified for every business. The company has raised $120 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Felicis Ventures, SoftBank, and Iconiq Capital. Previously he led Dialpad Communications Inc., (acquired by Yahoo! for $50 million), a provider of VOIP services, and cofounded GrandCentral (acquired by Google for $100 million), communications services.
Brian Liu is the co-founder and founding CEO of LegalZoom which is a technology platform giving access to professional legal advice. The company has a $2B+ valuation today with over 1,000 employees. Brian is currently the co-founder and CEO of BizCounsel. Modeled as a Saas service, for a $69 monthly fee, BizCounsel members can get legal advice from its network of business attorneys, without paying by the hour as it is typically structured with lawyers.
Daniel Saks is the co-founder and co-CEO of AppDirect which provides an end-to-end cloud commerce platform for succeeding in the digital economy. The company has raised so far $300 million from investors such as Foundry Group, Inovia Capital, StarVest, Peter Thiel, and Mithril Capital.
Philippe Von Borries is the co-founder and CEO of Refinery29 which is a leading digital media and entertainment company dedicated to inspiring young women to live an informed & well-rounded life. The company has raised so far $130 million from investors such as First Round, Lerer, Floodgate, Stripes Group, and even Hearst Communications.
Christopher Ahlberg is the co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future which is a technology company specializing in threat intelligence powered by machine learning. He raised $58 million from top tier investors such as Google Ventures, Insight Partners, and Balderton Capital. The company was recently acquired for $780 million by Insight Partners. Prior to Recorded Future, Christopher cofounded Spotfire which he sold to TIBCO for $190 million.
Al is the co-founder and CEO of Avant which is an online lending platform that offers alternatives to its clients with safer, faster, better financial products. The company has raised over $600 million from top tier investors such as RRE, QED, DFJ, KKR, Tiger Global, August Capital, General Atlantic, Hyde Park Venture Partners, and Origin Ventures to name a few. Prior to Avant, Al co-founded Pangea Properties and Enova International which he sold for $250 million.
David Hauser is a serial entrepreneur. He is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of Grasshopper, a virtual telephone service that was acquired by Citrix for $176 million that he bootstrapped without outside investors. The first company he co-founded at 17 was Return Path which raised $120 million and was acquired by Validity for an undisclosed amount. David has also co-founded a number of other startups including Chargify, Spreadable, PopSurvey, or Deck Foundry.
Emil Eifrem is the CEO and Co-Founder of Neo4j which provides a graph platform that helps organizations make sense of their data by revealing how people, processes, and digital systems are interrelated. They've raised $160 million to date, including an $80 million round in 2018. Some of its investors include Eight Road Ventures, Heartcore Capital, Dawn Capital, or Conor Venture Partners to name a few. The company is rumored to be valued at over $1 billion.
Adam Pritzker is the co-founder of Assembled Brands which is a modern holding company providing a new way to finance consumer brands. Prior to Assembled Brands, Adam Pritzker cofounded General Assembly which raised $100 million from top tier investors. General Assembly was reportedly acquired for over $400 million by The Adecco Group.
Steve Newman is the Founder of Scalyr which offers a cloud platform for high-speed log management and server monitoring. The company has raised over $30 million from investors such as Google Ventures, Shasta Ventures, or Bloomberg Beta. His most recent company prior to Scalyr, Writely, was acquired by Google to become Google Docs. Steve Newman has co-founded 6 companies so far.
Lori Torres is the founder and CEO of Parcel Pending which provides innovative package management solutions. The company raised over $15 million from investors such as Tech Coast Angels. Parcel Pending was acquired in January 2019 by Neopost for a reported $100 million.
Derek Wall is the cofounder of HUBX which is a marketplace platform democratizing and disrupting the trillion dollar secondary distribution industry by empowering manufacturers, brands and distributors to sell anonymously direct to worldwide B2B customers. Within 12 months the company has achieved over $200 million of revenue with no outside investment. Prior to HUBX, Derek was involved with the founding teams of Ezequiel Clothing, Dita Eyewear, Techstore, Buynow.com, PriceGrabber, and VAULT.
Dave Girouard is the co-founder and CEO of Upstart which leverages machine learning to price credit and automate the borrowing process. The company has raised $160 million from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, NEA, Google Ventures, Mark Cuban, CrunchFund, Eric Schmidt, Marc Benioff, Khosla Ventures, or Founders Fund.
Lidia Yan is the CEO and Co-Founder of NEXT which is the world’s first trucker-centric, tech-enabled marketplace that efficiently matches freight with available truck capacity- easing the logistics bottleneck. The company has raised to date $125 million from investors like China Equity Group, Sequoia, or Brookfield.
Ajeet Singh has built two multibillion-dollar technology companies from the ground up - ThoughtSpot and Nutanix. ThoughtSpot is a company revolutionizing analytics with search and AI. He has raised over $300M for ThoughtSpot from the likes of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, or General Catalyst. Prior to starting ThoughtSpot, he was co-founder and Chief Products Officer at Nutanix, the leader in the enterprise cloud industry and largest tech IPO of 2016.
Frida Polli is the co-founder and CEO of pymetrics which improves the efficiency and diversity of hiring through neuroscience games and AI. The company has raised $58 million from Khosla Ventures, General Atlantic, Salesforce Ventures, Workday Ventures, and Jazz Venture Partners to name a few. They have their U.S. headquarters in New York, as well as offices in London, Singapore, and Sydney.
Max Rhodes is the co-founder and CEO of Faire which helps retailers find and buy wholesale merchandise for their stores. The company has raised to date $115 million from investors such as Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, or DST Global to name a few.
Stefan Heck is the cofounder and CEO of Nauto which is an AI technology company on a mission to make driving safer and smarter. Today, the company has raised over $174 million with partners and investors including General Motors, Toyota AI Ventures, BMW iVentures, SoftBank Vision Fund, Greylock Partners, and DNX Ventures at a valuation rumored to be over $1 billion.
Jamie Hodari is the Co-Founder and CEO of Industrious which is a premium workplace platform, blending five-star service and stunning design to provide an unparalleled workplace experience. The company has raised so far $150 million from investors such as Riverwood Capital or Fifth Wall. Prior to Industrious, Jamie was the CEO and Co-Founder of Kepler, a rapidly growing experimental university.
Doug Winter is the co-founder and CEO at Seismic which offers a global sales and marketing enablement solution for improving close rates and delivering larger deals for sales. The company has raised $179 million at a valuation that is rumored to be $1 billion from investors like JMI Equity, General Atlantic, Jackson Square Ventures, Lightspeed, and T. Rowe Price. Prior to that, he co-founded Objectiva Software Solutions, a software outsourcing company that provides projects and products to help ISV's and enterprise companies. The company was sold to EMC for $90 million.
Ray Reddy founded PushLife which was a mobile commerce platform for mobile operators. He sold the company to Google and after spending 4 years there he went on to launch his next company, Ritual. The company is a social ordering app that taps into networks of co-workers and colleagues for fast and easy pick up and pay at a wide variety of local restaurants and coffee shops. So far Ritual has raised $120 million from investors such as Greylock, Insight Partners, or Golden Ventures.
Henry Ward is the CEO and co-founder of Carta, which is a global ownership management platform that helps companies, investors, and employees manage their equity. The company has raised close to $150 million from investors like Meritech, Tribe Capital, Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, and Menlo Ventures. Carta has a valuation that is rumored to be over $1 billion.
Nick is the co-founder and CEO of Thrive Market, which is an online retailer with over 2,500 high-quality healthy foods, vitamins, home goods, and beauty supplies. Thrive Market is doing $200 million in sales and also raised $200 million from celebrity investors. Some of those investors are Demi Moore, John Legend, Deepak Chopra or Tony Robbins. On the VC side, they have investors like Greycroft, e.ventures, and Kapor Capital.
Reggie Aggarwal is the founder and CEO of Cvent which is an event management platform enabling planners to manage all aspects of an event. Reggie raised over $130 million for Cvent from investors like NEA or Insight Partners before doing an IPO in 2013. He ended up selling his business to Vista Equity Partners for $1.65 billion.
Frank Poore is the founder and CEO of CommerceHub which is a cloud-based e-commerce merchandising, demand generation and order fulfillment platform for retailers and brands. Frank successfully built an industry-leading company that created 3 liquidity events for shareholders and employees - first through a sale to Liberty Media/QVC in 2006, second via public offering in 2016 (Nasdaq:CHUBK), and through a take-private sale of the company to GTCR and Sycamore Partners for $1.1 billion in 2018.
Jonah Goodhart is the CEO and co-founder of Moat, a New York–based analytics company focused on driving success for brand marketers and premium publishers. Moat raised $70 million from investors like First Round Capital, Founders Fund, Lerer Hippeau, Insight Partners, or Founder Collective to name a few. Moat was ultimately acquired by Oracle for a reported $850 million. Jonah was the founding investor and board member of Right Media (acquired by Yahoo for a reported $680 million), founding partner of WGI Group and co-founder of Billions.org. Jonah was also a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Council on Technology and Innovation.
Jeff Raider is a serial entrepreneur. The first company he cofounded was Warby Parker which is a lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price. With over 2,000 employees, the company has raised $300 million from top tier investors at what is rumored to be a valuation of almost $2 billion. Jeff is currently the cofounder and CEO at Harry‘s which allows users to buy razors, German engineered blades and shaving creams. The company employs over 1,000 people and has raised $375 million with a valuation of over $1 billion.
Ben and Moisey Uretsky are the cofounders of DigitalOcean which is the third largest hosting company in the world. They have today more than 500 employees and over $200 million in annual revenues. They have raised for their business $123 million at a valuation rumored to be over $1 billion. Some of the investors include Andreessen Horowitz, IA Ventures, or Trinity Capital to name a few.
Duke Rohlen is a serial entrepreneur. He is the cofounder of FoxHollow Technologies (acquired by Ev3 for $780 million), CV Ingenuity (acquired by Covidien for $300 million), Spirox, Inc. (acquired by Entellus Medical for over $200 million), and EPIX Therapeutics (acquired by Medtronic for $350 million). His most recent company is Ajax Health which will source and provide operational and financial capabilities to a diversified portfolio of emerging medical device companies. The company has raised over $120 million from investors such as KKR.
Mohit Aron was an early employee at Google. He is a serial entrepreneur and previously co-founder of Nutanix which is worth more than $6 billion today. Nutanix is a virtualized data center platform that provides disruptive datacenter infrastructure solutions for implementing enterprise-class. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Cohesity which delivers the industry’s first hyperconverged secondary storage for backup, test/dev, file services, and analytic datasets. He has raised for Cohesity over $400 million from investors like Sequoia, Accel, Battery, Google Ventures, Foundation Capital, Trinity Ventures, Qualcomm, or SoftBank to name a few.
Gil Elbaz cofounded Applied Semantics which he sold to Google for over $100 Million. Applied Semantics was the creator of Adsense which Google turned into a $15 billion business representing 23% of its total revenue. Elbaz most recently founded Factual which provides accurate and comprehensive data on places and people worldwide. The company has raised over $100 million from investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Felicis, Founder Collective, or Data Collective.
Ned Tozun is the cofounder of D.light which is looking to serve the 2.3 billion people that doesn‘t have access to reliable electricity. The company has raised over $100 million from investors such as Omydiar Network, DFJ, or Garage Technology Ventures. The social enterprise has 1,000 employees and 3,000-5,000 commissioned agents, is generating about $100 million of revenue a year, and experiencing 40-50% growth annually.
Jyoti Bansal is the cofounder and founding CEO of AppDynamics which develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications.. He raised over $220 million from top tier investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, Battery Ventures, or Lightspeed. AppDynamics got acquired by Cisco for $3.7 billion. Jyoti went on to launch his own fund, Unusual Ventures, and his most recent company, Harness, which is a Continuous Delivery as-a-Service platform for engineering and DevOps teams to release applications into production.
Eswar Priyadarshan is a serial entrepreneur. He sold his first company, m-Qube, to Verisign for $275 million. His next company was Quattro Wireless which he sold to Steve Jobs himself also for $275 million. His most recent company is BotCentral which was recently acquired by LivePerson for an undisclosed amount.
Peter Rahal is the cofounder and founding CEO of RXBAR. He bootstrapped the company from 0 to hundreds of millions in revenue and hundreds of employees only taking a loan from his father. Rahal sold the company five years later to Kellogg for $600 million.
Cameron Chell has been an entrepreneur since age 14 and is currently the CEO of Business Instincts Group, a Venture Creation Firm with a focus on building high-tech startups. Cameron is the cofounder of Urthecast, Cold Bore Technologies, Slyce, Raptor Rig, Trace and Trax. Most recently, Cameron has served as an advisor to KodakCoin, one of the first compliant cryptocurrencies.
Alexei Agratchev is the cofounder and CEO at RetailNext which enables retailers and manufacturers to collect, analyze, and visualize data about in-store customer engagement. The company has raised to date $200 million from investors such as Qualcomm Ventures, August Capital, American Express Ventures, or NGP Capital.
Daniel Ramot is the cofounder of Via which provides on-demand transit on a mass scale. The company has raised so far over $450 million from investors such as Pitango Venture Capital, Daimler, Kapor Capital, Hearst Ventures, or RiverPark Ventures. Daniel has a Ph.D in neuroscience from Stanford. Prior to Via, Ramot built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs and developed avionic systems for F-15s and F-16s for the Israeli Air Force.
Rick Stollmeyer co-founded MINDBODY in his garage in 2001. He raised over $100 million before leading the IPO for the company. Some or his investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, or Catalyst Investors. The company was recently acquired by Vista Equity Partners in a $1.9 billion deal.
Matt Salzberg founded Blue Apron in 2011 and served as President & CEO for its first six years. After raising $200 million from the likes of Bessemer, First Round, or Stripes Group, Matt led Blue Apron's $1.9 billion IPO and served as CEO until the company had approximately $910 million of trailing revenue and 5,000 employees. Matt is currently Blue Apron's Executive Chairman, and serves on the company's Board of Directors.
Alex Mashinsky is on his eighth startup company, Celsius Network, which has already raised $50 million via an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). He’s also made around 120 VC investments himself, holds 34 patents, raised over a billion dollars for his companies, and has achieved at least over $3 billion in exits.
Henrique Dubugras is the founder and CEO of Brex. The company is valued at over $1.1 billion and has raised over $220 million. Current investors include Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, DST Global, Ribbit Capital, Global Founders Capital, or Institutional Venture Partners to name a few. Prior to Brex, he cofounded Pagar.me. The company got acquired in 2016. Before this he built an educational platform and a gaming company at age 12.
Robbie Cape is the cofounder of 98point6 which combines deep technology with the expertise of board-certified physicians to provide text-based primary care anytime, anywhere. The company has raised over $86 million. Prior to this Robbie founded Cozi (acquired by Time Inc.) which provided mobile and internet-based applications to help families stay organized. Robbie started initially at Microsoft where he worked for 12 years.
Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an online magazine that offers articles about popular topics. He is also a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Prior to that, he was the chief evangelist of Apple and an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google. Kawasaki is the author of ten books, including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way.
Todd Olson is the founder and CEO of Pendo, which is a product cloud creator for digital products and data-driven product teams with headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company has raised $108 million from top tier investors such as Battery Ventures, Spark Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, or Sapphire Ventures. Prior to Pendo, Todd started 6th Sense (acquired by Rally) and Cerebellum which raised $17 million in institutional capital only to shut down during the dotcom era.
David Klein is the CEO and CoFounder of CommonBond, a leading marketplace lender that lowers the cost of student loans for borrowers and provides financial returns to investors. The company has raised $4 billion to date. That is $130 million in equity and the rest in debt capital or lending capital. Investors include Social Capital, August Capital, Tribeca Venture Partners, Nyca Partners, etc. and also Vikram Pandit, the former CEO of Citigroup.
Jon Carder is the founder of Mogl - a frictionless online to offline rewards program & Empyr - an online to offline ad platform. Mogl/Empyr has raised $50M from investors like Sigma Partners or Aequitas Capital. In college Jon founded eHeaven, an online e-commerce superstore that was purchased by BabyUniverse in 2002. Jon Carder then founded Client Shop, a website dedicated to finding consumers the lowest rates on home loans. ClientShop was sold to Internet Brands in 2006. Prior to Mogl, Jon Carder founded MojoPages.com, an online local search engine which received $5M (series A) from Austin Ventures and operates out of La Jolla, CA.
Sam Yagan is currently the CEO of ShopRunner which has raised over $100M from the likes of Alibaba Group or August Capital. Previously, he served as CEO of The Match Group and led it through a period of growth culminating in its initial $400M public offering. Yagan cofounded OkCupid in 2003 and it was acquired by Match Inc. for $90 million in 2011. Earlier, he founded SparkNotes, which he sold to Barnes & Noble Inc. SparkNotes transaction was reported to be $30M. Yagan cofounded Excelerate Labs (now TechStars Chicago), a startup accelerator, and founded Corazon Capital, an early stage fund.