Sequoia Capital

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Sequoia Capital Operations, LLC
IndustryVenture capital
Founded1972; 48 years ago (1972)
FounderDon Valentine
Area served
United States, China, India, Israel
Key people
Michael Moritz
Douglas Leone
Jim Goetz
Roelof Botha

Sequoia Capital is an American venture capital firm.[1] The firm is located in Menlo Park, California and mainly focuses on the technology industry.[2] It has backed companies that now control $1.4 trillion of combined stock market value.[3] Sequoia manages multiple investment funds including funds specific to India,[4] Israel,[5] and China.[6]


Sequoia was founded by Don Valentine in 1972[7] in Menlo Park, California. In the mid-1990s, Valentine gave control of the company to Doug Leone and Michael Moritz.[3] In 1999, Sequoia expanded its operations to Israel.[8] Sequoia Capital China was established in 2005 as an affiliate to the U.S. firm.[9] In 2006, Sequoia Capital acquired Westbridge Capital Partners, an Indian venture capital firm. It later was renamed Sequoia Capital India.[10] CB Insights recognized Sequoia Capital as the number one venture capital firm in 2013.[11] The U.S. firm had 11 partners as of 2016.[12]


The firm invests in both public and private companies. It specializes in incubation, seed stage, startup stage, early stage, and growth stage investments in private companies.[13] It has raised a number of funds.[14]

Sequoia Capital has invested in over 250 companies since 1972, including Apple, Google, Oracle, PayPal, LinkedIn, Stripe, Bird[15], YouTube, Instagram, Yahoo! and WhatsApp.[16] The combined current public market value for these companies is over $1.4 trillion, equivalent to 22 percent of Nasdaq.[3] Its portfolio is mainly in financial services, healthcare, outsourcing, and technology.[13] As of 2017, they have exited in 68 initial public offerings and 203 acquisitions.[17]

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  1. ^ Mazel tov, Israeli startups: Sequoia Capital raise $200M to fund you, Meghan Kelly, August 23, 2012, Venture Beat, retrieved May 12, 2016
  2. ^ Secretive, Sprawling Network of ‘Scouts’ Spreads Money Through Silicon Valley, Rolfe Winkler, November 12, 2015, Wall Street Journal, retrieved May 12, 2016
  3. ^ a b c "Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley's Innovation Factory". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  4. ^ Sequoia Capital reportedly mulling new $800M India fund, may start raising October, Michael De Waal-Montgomery, VentureBeat, retrieved May 12, 2016
  5. ^ Sequoia Capital raises more than $1 billion for startups, Dan Primack, August 15, 2013, Forunte, retrieved May 12, 2016
  6. ^ Sequoia's Neil Shen Tops Forbes China Ranking Of Best Venture Capital Investors, Russell Flannery, January 15, 2014, Forbes, retrieved May 12, 2016
  7. ^ With WhatsApp deal, Sequoia Capital burnishes reputation, Sarah McBride, February 21, 2014, Reuters, retrieved May 12, 2016
  8. ^ Israel's Most Important Source of Capital: California, Darwin Bond-Graham, August 20, 2014,, retrieved May 9, 2016
  9. ^ How Neil Shen Built A Winner At Sequoia Capital China, April 2, 2014, Alex Konrad, Forbes, retrieved March 30, 2016
  10. ^ "How Sequoia Capital India became Asia's most prolific venture capital firm". Quartz. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  11. ^ Sequoia Capital leads the venture capital pack, Kent Bernhard Jr, March 15, 2013, Upstart, retrieved May 9, 2016
  12. ^ McBride, Sarah; Chapman, Lizette (October 20, 2016). "Sequoia Capital Hires Yahoo's Jess Lee as First Woman U.S. Investing Partner". Bloomberg. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Sequoia Capital website". September 4, 2013.
  14. ^ Rao, Leena (December 17, 2012). "Sequoia Raises $700M For Global Growth Fund". Tech Crunch.
  15. ^ Griswold, Alison. "Electric scooter company Bird raises $275 million, with a new focus on profitability". Quartz. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  16. ^ "Inside Sequoia Capital: Silicon Valley's Innovation Factory". George Anders.
  17. ^ "Unicorn Outcomes: Sequoia Capital Sees The Most $1B+ Exits And Tends To Get In Early". CB Insights Research. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2018.

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