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Sierra Ventures Raises $215M – 3rd fund in 7 Years

On July 18th, 2019 the Sierra Ventures team announced the raise of our 12th venture fund. Fund XII was oversubscribed and raised 25% more than the previous (2016) fund. In addition to increased commitments from our existing investors, we added five Institutional Investors, three Strategic Investors, and one large Family Office. The enthusiasm from the …

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Sierra Ventures Raises $215M for 12th Fund

Fund Builds on Success of Previous Funds with “Patient Capital” Strategy SAN MATEO, Calif., July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sierra Ventures, an early-stage technology focused venture capital firm, announced today that they have closed their twelfth investment fund, raising $215 million. This fund was oversubscribed and the prior fund’s institutional investors increased their commitment to the new fund. “We …

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Interplay Learning – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We are excited to announce our investment in Interplay Learning, where we participated in a $5.5M funding round. Interplay develops online training for skilled laborers in the mechanical, electrical and industrial workforces. The highlight of their large catalog is state-of-the-art 3D troubleshooting simulations. These materials are accessible by desktop, laptop or VR-headset and provide an …

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A Recap of 2018

2018 was a successful year for Sierra Ventures. Sierra X had two significant exits in addition to the prior nine acquisitions, allowing us to more than return capital for that fund. We made 10 exciting new investments in Sierra XI, and our existing portfolio companies in both funds raised substantial rounds of financing from top-notch …

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Innovation that Reduces SaaS Churn: Meet Appcues, the Leader in User Experience Management

For Series A investments, I’m frequently asked what I look for in a company. In a nutshell, I look for: 1) explosive new categories, 2) a team that’s an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10, 3) a group that’s focused on building a large, sustainable business. I found all three of these in …

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Inside my Inbox: Actionable Tips for Entrepreneurs & Founders from an SV VC

  Inside my Inbox: Actionable Tips for Entrepreneurs & Founders from an SV VC The Inside my Inbox blog series captures solutions to “under the waterline” issues that vex Founders. Snapshots are real conversations I’ve had with Entrepreneurs. I hope they prove helpful. (Note: names have been changed.)   A Bigger Piece of the Pie …

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Data Lakes: Sink or Swim?

We are all fascinated with data. And in recent years, overwhelmed by the volume of it. But wait there’s more… data comes in different sizes, shapes and speeds, it’s processed across various platforms and languages, and analyzed in batch, streaming and interactive modes. To top it all, developers, analysts, data scientists, marketers and executives all …

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