73 Investments in 61 Companies
1 IPO & 20 Acquisitions
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Pasadena, California
Robotics, Incubators, Finance
Idealab is a business incubator providing capital, resources and advice for tech startups.

Investor Details

Incubator that does Seed, Early Stage Venture, and Later Stage Venture Investments

Bill Gross started Idealab in 1996 to create and operate pioneering technology companies. The structure of Idealab has allowed us to test many ideas at once and turn the best of them into companies, attracting the human and financial capital necessary to bring them to market.

Many of these companies were among the first to introduce new business ideas to the market. CitySearch, now a part of InterActive Corp., established the category of local online community directories. eToys demonstrated the tremendous potential for online consumer retail and became one of the most recognized brands during the early days of e-commerce. Overture Services, which began life as GoTo.com, was the first company to introduce the concept of paid search. Now part of Yahoo, Overture's business model is the underpinning of a multibillion-dollar online search market.

Idealab continues to explore a range of technology frontiers. New models for improving the search experience are at the core of several companies currently growing inside of Idealab. Moving beyond the Internet, we have spawned companies with breakthrough technologies in robotics (Evolution Robotics), three-dimensional printing (Desktop Factory) and renewable energy (Energy Innovations), among others. Idealab also continues to partner with leading venture capital firms and other strategic investors to provide the resources to maximize the potential of these companies.

In addition to capital, Idealab provides a full range of resources to infuse start-ups with the support they need to rapidly introduce innovative products and services. Resources include office space and the accompanying office services, development and technology, product and graphic design, marketing, financial advice, human resources, competitive research, legal, accounting and business development support and services. In addition, Idealab provides advice on strategy, branding and corporate structure.

Acquisitions (2)

Sep 28, 2003Unknown
Apr 20, 2000Unknown
DateInvested InRoundPartner(s)
Sep, 2016$2.5M / Seed
Oct, 2015$675k / Seed
Jun, 2015$1.35M / Seed
Mar, 2015$1.7M / Series A
Dec, 2014$3.91M / Venture
Nov, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
Oct, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
Sep, 2014$2M / Seed
Sep, 2014$2.3M / Seed
Jul, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
Jul, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
Jul, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
May, 2014$300k / Seed
Apr, 2014$2.5M / Seed
Feb, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
Aug, 2013$650k / Seed
Jul, 2013$900k / Series A
Jun, 2013undisclosed amount / Seed
Apr, 2013undisclosed amount / Seed
Jan, 2013$600k / Seed
Oct, 2012$400k / Seed
Aug, 2012$2M / Venture
Aug, 2012$2M / Venture
May, 2012$500k / Series A
Nov, 2011$500k / Seed
Sep, 2011$3.5M / Series A
Aug, 2011$287.5k / Seed (Lead)
Jul, 2011$425k / Seed
Jun, 2011$4.25M / Seed
Jan, 2011$300k / Seed
Mar, 2010$6M / Series C
Feb, 2010$2M / Seed
May, 2009undisclosed amount / Seed
Nov, 2008$13.88M / Series B
Jul, 2008$24M / Series C
Jul, 2008$15.6M / Series A
Apr, 2008$7M / Series B
Apr, 2008$130M / Series B
Feb, 2008$50M / Series B
Aug, 2007$10M / Series C (Lead)

Current Team (15)


Products (1)

  • Operates community and e-commerce web sites in automotive, travel and leisure, and home-related categories

Offices/Locations (1)

  • Office

    130 W. Union Street

    Pasadena, California 91103

    United States

Past Team (32)


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