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DescriptionMulti-Stage Venture Capital


Founders Fund I, 1/2005 $50M
Founders Fund II, 1/2007 $220M
Founders Fund III, 1/2010 $250M
Founders Fund IV, 12/2011 $625M
Founders Fund V, 3/2014 $1B


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The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, 94129


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Founders Fund

Founders Fund is a San Francisco based venture capital firm that invests at every stage in companies building revolutionary technologies.

The firm and its partners have been investors, founders, and early employees of prominent technology companies including PayPal, Facebook, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and Palantir Technologies.

Founders Fund was formed in 2005 and has raised five funds to date with more than $2 billion in aggregate capital under management. The firm has historically invested in a wide variety of sectors, including aerospace, artificial intelligence, advanced computing, energy, health, and consumer Internet.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Last Guide 4/2014Seed$2.1M17
Tachyus 4/2014Venture Round$6M5
Lyft 4/2014Series D$250M6
Vicarious 3/2014Series B$40M17
AltSchool 3/2014Series A$33M8
PandoDaily 2/2014Series A$1.2M8
Stripe 1/2014Series C$80M4
Oyster 1/2014Series A$14M6
Oscar 1/2014Series A$30M4
Planet Labs 12/2013Series B$52M13
Nanotronics Imaging 12/2013Series B$7M1
Misfit Wearables 12/2013Series B$15.2M10
Knewton 12/2013Series E$51M8
Betable 11/2013Series A$18.5M11
IfOnly 10/2013Series A$9M13
IfOnly 10/2013Series A$12M6
Koality 10/2013Seed$1.8M9
Palantir Technologies 9/2013Private Equity$197M1
Declara 9/2013Seed$5M3
Neurotrack 9/2013Series A$2M3
Urban Compass 9/2013Series A$25M6
Trusted Insight 8/2013Convertible Note8
Glow 8/2013Series A$6M2
Binary Thumb 7/2013Seed11
Oscar 7/2013Series A$40M6
Synthego 7/2013Series A$8.29M2
Outbox 7/2013Series A$5M9
invino 6/2013Series A$3M7
Oculus VR 6/2013Series A$16M5
PandoDaily 5/2013Seed$500k6
If You Can 5/2013Seed$2.8M4
Hampton Creek Foods 5/2013Seed$1M1
BitPay 5/2013Seed$2M1
Natera 5/2013Venture Round$54.6M6
Upstart 4/2013Series A$5.9M7
Ringadoc 4/2013Venture Round$450k1
Postmates 3/2013Series A$5M4
Domo 3/2013Series B$60M6
StartX 2/2013Venture Round$400k4
Zimride 1/2013Private Equity$15M1
Lyft 1/2013Series B$15M5
Leap Motion 1/2013Series B$30M2
Urban Compass 12/2012Seed$8M4
Transcriptic 11/2012Seed$1.2M2
theAudience 11/2012Series A$20M5
Airbnb 11/2012Series C$200M6
Oyster 10/2012Seed$3M6
Tribogenics 9/2012Series A$6.2M1
Wallaby Financial 8/2012Seed$1.1M7
Vicarious 8/2012Series A$15M5
TaskRabbit 7/2012Series C$13M6
Asana 7/2012Series B$28M4
Jawfish Games 7/2012Angel$2.6M1
Betable 7/2012Convertible Note12
Vicarious 7/2012Venture Round$5M1
Practice Fusion 6/2012Series C$34M11
The Climate Corporation 6/2012Series C$50M8
MedTech Solutions 6/2012Venture Round$750k1
Palantir Technologies 5/2012Series G$56M1
Brit + Co. 4/2012Seed$1.25M9
Cherry 4/2012Series A$4.5M5
Yammer 2/2012Series E$85M12
ResearchGate 2/2012Series B6
Backplane 2/2012Series A$4M8
Prior Knowledge 2/2012Seed$1.4M1
ooma 1/2012Venture Round$17.3M2
AppCard 2012Series A$6.5M4
Sparkcentral 1/2012Seed$1.13M5
Signature Therapeutics, Inc. 12/2011Series A$10M1
100Plus 11/2011Venture Round$500k1
GoodRx 11/2011Seed$1.5M7
Clickable 10/2011Series C$12M4
Knewton 10/2011Series D$33M5
BillGuard 10/2011Series B$10M8
Practice Fusion 9/2011Venture Round$6M9
Organizer 9/2011Seed$3.9M7
Rapleaf 9/2011Venture Round$1M4
Moat 8/2011Angel$1.5M9
Azumio 7/2011Series A$2.5M3
Quid 7/2011Series C$10M6
StyleSeat 7/2011Seed$700k9
Leap Motion 6/2011Seed$1.3M5
Portalarium 6/2011Venture Round3
Ostrovok 5/2011Series A$13.6M15
140 Proof 4/2011Series B$2.5M4
Practice Fusion 4/2011Series B$23M5
Topsy Labs 3/2011Series C$15M5
Lumier 3/2011Debt$350k8
Uversity 2/2011Series B$4M3
Lascaux Co. 12/2010Grant$100k1
Yammer 11/2010Series C$25M4
Topguest 11/2010Series A$2M6
Space Exploration Technologies 11/2010Series C$50M3
Estately 11/2010Angel$800k6
Path 11/2010Angel$2.5M28
Causes 10/2010Series C$9M2
Bitly 10/2010Series B$10M10
Votizen 9/2010Venture Round$1.5M12
HipChat 8/2010Angel$100k3
fflick 8/2010Angel2
ZocDoc 7/2010Series B$15M3
Palantir Technologies 6/2010Series D$90M6
SendGrid 4/2010Series A$5M9
Worldly Developments 3/2010Seed$800k14
Spotify 2/2010Series C€11.6M2
CrowdFlower 1/2010Series A$5M11
Quantcast 1/2010Series C$27.5M5
CarWoo! 1/2010Seed$300k13
Twilio 12/2009Series A$3.7M8
Credit Karma 11/2009Series A$2.5M5 8/2009Series C$14M6
CoTweet 7/2009Series A$1.1M6
140 Proof 7/2009Series A$3M2
Udorse 6/2009Seed$500k1
OLX 5/2009Series C$5M5
Yammer 1/2009Series A$5M2
Geni 1/2009Series C$5M2
Topsy Labs 12/2008Series B$11M4
ooma 9/2008Series C$16M6
Raptr 9/2008Series A$9M2
Space Exploration Technologies 8/2008Series A$20M1
Clickable 7/2008Series B$14.5M3
Frogmetrics 6/2008Venture Round4
Social Gaming Network 5/2008Series A$15M4
OLX 4/2008Series B$13.5M4
Zivity 3/2008Series A$7M2
Causes 3/2008Series B$5M1
Gowalla 2/2008Series A$2M2
Quantcast 1/2008Series B$20M2
SmartDrive Systems 11/2007Series D$46M6
Uversity 11/2007Seed$580k1
OLX 9/2007Series A$10M4
Rapleaf 6/2007Series B3
Powerset 6/2007Series A$12.5M5
Quantcast 3/2007Series A$5.7M2
SmartDrive Systems 1/2007Series C4
Geni 1/2007Series A$1.5M1
Causes 1/2007Series A$2.35M4
ooma 12/2006Series B$18M6
Slide 11/2006Series C$20M4
Engage 7/2006Series A$5M3
Facebook 4/2006Series B$27.5M4
Slide 7/2005Series B$8M2


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  4. Founders Fund Closes Fourth Suite of Funds at $625M ( [edit]
  5. Founders Fund Raises $1B For Fifth Fund ( [edit]
  6. Last raises 2.1M ( [edit]
  7. Tachyus, a Data Start-Up for Oil Industry, Raises $6 Million From Founders Fund ( [edit]
  8. Lyft Raises $250 Million From Coatue, Alibaba, And Third Point To Expand Internationally ( [edit]
  9. Vicarious Grabs A Huge, New $40M Growth Round To Advance Artificial Intelligence ( [edit]
  10. Former Googler’s AltSchool Raises $33M From Founders Fund And A16Z To Reimagine Primary Education ( [edit]
  11. Pando Raises $1.2M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  12. Eyeing International Growth, Stripe Raises $80M From Founders Fund, Khosla And Sequoia At A $1.75B Valuation ( [edit]
  13. Oyster Raises $14 Million To Build A Comprehensive Netflix For Books ( [edit]
  14. With An Eight-Figure Runrate, Oscar Doubles Down on Health Insurance Through $30M In New Funding ( [edit]
  15. Planet Labs Raises $52 Million From Yuri Milner To Build The World’s Biggest (Little) Flock Of Satellites ( [edit]
  16. Nanotronics Imaging Completes $7M Series B Financing Round ( [edit]
  17. Misfit Raises $15.2M From Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures For Its Activity Tracker, The Shine ( [edit]
  18. Powering Smart Content For Publishing Giants, Knewton Lands $51M To Take Personalized Learning Global ( [edit]
  19. Betable Raises $18.5M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  20. Silicon Valley Venture Capital Almanac source [edit]
  21. IfOnly Raises $12M Series A Funding ( [edit]
  22. Koality Closes Its $1.8 Million Seed Round From FF Angel And Others ( [edit]
  23. Palantir Is Raising $197M In Growth Capital, SEC Filing Shows ( [edit]
  24. Social-learning platform Declara has one heck of a founding story — and $5M ( [edit]
  25. Neurotrack Raises $2M From Founders Fund, Social+Capital To Predict And Diagnose The Onset Of Alzheimer’s Disease ( [edit]
  26. Hyperlocal Power: Urban Compass Raises $20M At A $150M Valuation; Adds Advance Publications And Marc Benioff As Investors ( [edit]
  27. Trusted Insight, the Largest Online Community of Institutional Investors, Completes Round of Funding ( [edit]
  28. Backed With $6M, Max Levchin’s Glow App For Tracking Female Fertility Debuts On The App Store ( [edit]
  29. Grid, An App That Helps You Organize Ideas And Projects, Announces A Seed Round From Jerry Yang, Phil Libin, Others ( [edit]
  30. Thrive Capital’s Kushner Looks To Build A Modern Health Insurer With $40M For Oscar ( [edit]
  31. Stealthy Synthego raises $8.3 million ( [edit]
  32. Outbox, The Startup That Digitizes Your Postal Mail, Raises $5 Million Series A ( [edit]
  33. Invino Raises $3M In series A Funding ( [edit]
  34. Oculus VR Raises $16M To Build Their Crazy Virtual Reality Gaming Goggles ( [edit]
  35. Silicon Valley Venture Capital Almanac source [edit]
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  37. Founders Fund Backs Its First Food Tech Startup, Hampton Creek Foods, With A $1M Investment ( [edit]
  38. ecommerce Comment 8 With PayPal-Like Ambitions For Bitcoin, BitPay Raises $2M Led By Founders Fund ( [edit]
  39. Natera Completes $54.6M Financing ( [edit]
  40. Upstart, A Site For Crowdfunding People, Raises $5.9M From First Round, Eric Schmidt, And Others ( [edit]
  41. VC Funding: Q2 2013 [edit]
  42. To Expand Into Seattle And Beyond, Postmates Has Raised $5 Million From Founders Fund And Others ( [edit]
  43. Domo Closes $60 Million Series B Financing, Bringing Total Funding To More Than $125 Million ( [edit]
  44. Stanford Student Startup Accelerator StartX Raises Another $400,000, Bringing Total Funding To About $1.5 Million ( [edit]
  45. Ahead Of Expansion, Lyft Parent Zimride Closed $15M In New Funding From Founders Fund And Existing Investors ( [edit]
  46. Ahead Of Expansion, Lyft Parent Zimride Closed $15M In New Funding From Founders Fund And Existing Investors ( [edit]
  47. Leap Motion Raises $30M More For Its Gesture-Based Controller, Announces Bundling Deal With Asus ( [edit]
  48. With $8M In Seed Funding From Founders Fund, Goldman Sachs; Urban Compass Wants To Build A Hyper-Local, Human-Powered Database ( [edit]
  49. Transcriptic's Wild Seed Round ( [edit]
  50. Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel And Oliver Luckett’s theAudience Raises $20M To Help Celebs Navigate Social Media ( [edit]
  51. Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk Confirms It Raised A $200M Round Led By Founders Fund ( [edit]
  52. Oyster raises $3 million from Founders Fund for “Spotify for books” ( [edit]
  53. Tribogenics Raises $6.2 Million Series A Round Led by Founders Fund ( [edit]
  54. Wallaby Raises $1.1 Million For Cloud-Based, Universal Credit Card ( [edit]
  55. Vicarious Raises $15M Led By Dustin Moskovitz’s Good Ventures To Build Software That ‘Learns Like A Human’ ( [edit]
  56. TaskRabbit Gets $13M From Founders Fund And Others To “Revolutionize The World’s Labor Force” ( [edit]
  57. Workplace Collaboration Tool Asana Raises $28M At A $280M Valuation ( [edit]
  58. Bridge Funding ( [edit]
  59. Betable Brings Legal Gambling Mechanics To Social Game Developers ( [edit]
  60. VC Funding: Q3 2012 [edit]
  61. Practice Fusion Pulls In $34M Series C Led By Artis To Crush The Other Electronic Medical Record Startups ( [edit]
  62. The Climate Corporation Raises $50M For Big Data Driven Weather Insurance ( [edit]
  63. Medtech Solutions Inc raised $750,000 on June 7th, 2012, from Founders Fund. ( [edit]
  64. Palantir Technologies Nabs $56M In New Funding, SEC Filing Shows ( [edit]
  65. Brit Morin Engages $1.25M From Marissa Mayer, Aileen Lee, Founders Fund And More To Launch Her First App, Weduary ( [edit]
  66. Shasta Ventures, Founders Fund Put $4.5 Million In The Uber For Carwashes, Cherry ( [edit]
  67. Enterprise Social Networking Platform Yammer Raises $85M From DFJ Growth, Khosla, And Others ( [edit]
  68. Founders Fund Invests in ResearchGate, The Professional Network For Scientists ( [edit]
  69. Lady Gaga-Backed Backplane Raises Over $4M From Sequoia & More; Acquires Sharing Platform Cortex ( [edit]
  70. Exclusive: Prior Knowledge wants to be your data oracle ( [edit]
  71. Ooma Raises $17.3 Million For Its “Free” Home Calling Service ( [edit]
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  73. De Standaard ( [edit]
  74. PharmacoFore, Inc.: Series A $10M ( [edit]
  75. 100Plus Receives Initial Funding ( [edit]
  76. GoodRx Grabs $1M+ From SV Angel, Founders Fund & More To Help You Find Cheap Prescription Drugs ( [edit]
  77. AmEx Leads $12 Million Round In Clickable, Which Wants To "Become The AdWords Of Social" ( [edit]
  78. Founders Fund Leads $33 Million D Round In Learning Startup Knewton ( [edit]
  79. Khosla, Founders Fund, and Eric Schmidt Put $10 Million Into BillGuard ( [edit]
  80. Practice Fusion Announces New Investors Helping to Drive Health Tech Innovation ( [edit]
  81. Organizer Builds Smartphone Apps To Manage Field Work, Starting With Political Canvassing ( [edit]
  82. RapLeaf announces $1M fund for data personalization apps ( [edit]
  83. TechCrunch ( [edit]
  84. Azumio Raises $2.5M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  85. TechCrunch ( [edit]
  86. Ashton Kutcher, Founders Fund Go In For $775K On ‘OpenTable For Stylists’ StyleSeat ( [edit]
  87. OcuSpec Raises 1.3M From Andreessen And Others To Build An "Affordable Kinect" ( [edit]
  88. Austin-based Portalarium Secures Funds From London-based m8 Capital For Mobile Social Games ( [edit]
  89. Ostrovok Raises $13.6M in Series A Funding ( [edit]
  90. 140 Proof Closes $2.5M Series B Funding ( [edit]
  91. Free Electronic Medical Records Service Practice Fusion Raises $23 Million ( [edit]
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  94. Inigral Raises $4m in Series B Financing ( [edit]
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  96. Enterprise Social Networking Platform Yammer Grabs $25 Million In New Funding ( [edit]
  97. Topguest Checks In With $2M Series A, Peter Thiel As Advisor ( [edit]
  98. Investors Throw Another $50 Million Into SpaceX ( [edit]
  99. Estately Raises $800K; Now Allows Users To Search For Homes Based On School Districts ( [edit]
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  101. Causes Raises Another $9 Million To Help Spread Philanthropy Online ( [edit]
  102. Raises $10 Million Series B, Still Growing Like Crazy ( []
  103. Votizen Raises $1.5 Million To Make Sure Government Representatives Hear Your Voice ( [edit]
  104. HipChat raises funding for better business chatting ( [edit]
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  106. Khosla Ventures And Founders Fund Invest $15M In Health Appointment Platform ZocDoc ( [edit]
  107. Palantir: The Next Billion-Dollar Company Raises $90 Million ( [edit]
  108. SendGrid Raises $5 Million, Sends A Bajillion E-mails ( [edit]
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  111. CrowdFlower Closes $5 Million Series A Round ( [edit]
  112. Quantcast Raises $27.5 Million Third Round Led By Cisco ( [edit]
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  115. Credit Karma Raises $2.5 Million To Take The Mystery Out Of Credit Scores ( [edit]
  116. Personal Finance Startup Mint Raises $14 Million ( []
  117. View my * My Posts * Facebook * Twitter * Friendfeed * LinkedIn * Digg * CoTweet Now in Public Beta; Get the Same Twitter CRM Tools as Big Brands ( [edit]
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  119. Stealth Startup Udorse Raises $500k From Founders Fund ( [edit]
  120. Craigslist Competitor OLX Scores $5 Million For Online Classifieds ( [edit]
  121. Yammer Raises $5 Million For Workgroup Micro-Messaging ( [edit]
  122. Geni Gets Another $5 Million for Social Networking and Genealogy Site: What About Yammer? ( [edit]
  123. Topsy Bets On Real-Time Twitter Search With $15M Backing ( [edit]
  124. Ooma gets $16M in 3rd round ( [edit]
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  127. Clickable Raises $14.5 Million More For Online Ad Management ( [edit]
  128. FF Investment Frogmetrics ( [edit]
  129. Paidcontent article ( [edit]
  130. International Classifieds Site OLX Raises $13.5 Million Funding ( [edit]
  131. No Longer Under Age: Zivity Takes $7 Million In Venture Financing For Adult Content Social Network ( [edit]
  132. Project Agape Raises $5 Million Second Round For Online Social Activism ( [edit]
  133. Social Gamer AlamoFire Gets $2 Million First Round ( [edit]
  134. Quantcast Closes $20 million Series B ( [edit]
  135. FleetOwner ( [edit]
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  138. Rapleaf Secures Venture Capital Funding ( [edit]
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  140. Quantcast, traffic measuring company, raises about $5.7M ( [edit]
  141. Clarium Ventures ( [edit]
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  143. Project Agape, formerly known as Philotic, raises $2.35M, for good causes ( [edit]
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