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Phone(415) 354-2867


Venture Capital Fund II, 4/2011 $140M


One Mont­gomery Street
Suite 2375
San Francisco, CA, 94104


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DBL Investors

DBL Investors manages the Bay Area Equity Fund I, a $75 million venture capital fund. The DBL Investors team completed its spinout from JPMorgan in January of 2008 and has managed the Fund since inception. The Fund invests in companies that can deliver market-rate venture capital returns while enabling social, environmental and economic improvement in the San Francisco Bay Area’s low and moderate income neighborhoods.

Investments are made in private, primarily mid-to-late stage growth companies across all industries, with a focus on the strengths of the Bay Area including: Clean Technology, Health Care, Specialty Consumer Products and Services, and Information Technology. The Fund can lead or co-invest with other funds and has made 18 investments to date. The Fund’s limited partner investors include major banks and insurance companies, foundations, corporations and private individuals.

The Fund assists its portfolio companies in developing a “double bottom line” to achieve strong long-term financial success as well as positive social and environmental improvement in their local communities. We believe that the social and environmental practices that young companies choose to adopt can be significantly beneficial to the fiscal bottom line both via direct benefits of cost savings and value creation, and via indirect benefits of creating goodwill with their market, customers and community, and enhancing employee morale and retention. The Fund helps portfolio companies implement double bottom line programs at a pace and scope that fits each company’s financial objectives and stage of growth. In this way, companies can create a balanced culture of financial success and connection to the community from their early stages.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
UrbanSitter 2/2014Series B$15M5
RallyPoint 11/2013Series A$5M1
BrightSource Energy 10/2012Private Equity$80M7
EcoScraps 7/2012Series A$1.5M3
View Inc. 6/2012Series D$55M6
Solexant 3/2012Venture Round$30k3
SolarCity 2/2012Private Equity$81M4
SolarCity 1/2012Private Equity$66M3
Revolution Foods 1/2012Private Equity$12.8M3
Livescribe 1/2012Series C$3.3M7
OPX Biotechnologies 7/2011Series C$36.5M6
Solexant 7/2011Series D$23M6
Primus Power 5/2011Venture Round$11M4
View Inc. 12/2010Series C$30M5
SolarCity 7/2010Private Equity$21.5M3
Solexant 6/2010Series C$41.5M6
Solaria 12/2009Debt$7M7
SolarCity 10/2008Series D$30M3
BrightSource Energy 6/2008Series C$115M6
eMeter 4/2008Series E$12.5M3
MeeVee 9/2007Series D$3.5M6
MeeVee 8/2006Series C$8M1



  1. DBL Investors Closes Fund with $140M (pehub.com) [edit]
  2. OPXBIO Raises $36.5 Million to Accelerate Commercialization of Renewable Chemicals (opxbiotechnologies.com) [edit]
  3. UrbanSitter Raises $15M To Harness The Power Of Social Recommendations In Child Care (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. RallyPoint Raises $5M in Series A Venture Capital (finsmes.com) [edit]
  5. BrightSource Raises $80M More for Concentrating Solar Power (greentechmedia.com) [edit]
  6. EcoScraps Receives $1.5M in Series A Financing (finsmes.com) [edit]
  7. Soladigm Scores $55M for Smart Shading Windows (greentechmedia.com) [edit]
  8. Solar startup Solexant raises $30M, but future unclear (gigaom.com) [edit]
  9. SolarCity Raises $81M in Equity Financing (finsmes.com) [edit]
  10. VC Funding- Q1 2012 Source [edit]
  11. VC Funding: Q1 2012 [edit]
  12. VC Funding: Q1 2012 [edit]
  13. OPX Biotechnologies Inks $36.5M Series C (vcnewsdaily.com) [edit]
  14. XSeed Capital Source [edit]
  15. Primus Power Completes $11M Financing Round (businesswire.com) [edit]
  16. Soladigm Raises $30 Million More To Make Smart Glass For Green Buildings (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  17. SolarCity Bags $21.5M for Solar Rooftops (earth2tech.com) [edit]
  18. Solexant Unstealths with $41.5M and a CadTel Recipe (greentechmedia.com) [edit]
  19. Solaria raises $7M to develop solar panels (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  20. LA Times (latimes.com) [edit]
  21. Google joins in $115M investment into solar thermal company, BrightSource (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  22. eMeter Announces $12 Million Funding (reuters.com) [edit]
  23. Meevee, for online video search and sharing, raises $3.5 million (venturebeat.com) [edit]
  24. econtentmag.com [edit]
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