Sequoia Capital

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


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, 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]

See also


  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. "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. "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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