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U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), is a venture capital investment firm headquartered in Menlo Park, California in the heart of Silicon Valley focusing on investments in an array of segments including enterprise software, IT security, consumer internet, mobile, e-commerce, healthcare, and IT-enabled healthcare services.

U.S. Venture Partners
Industry Venture Capital
Founded 1981
Headquarters Menlo Park, California, United States

Since its inception USVP has invested more than $3.6 billion[1] in over 475 companies[1] across a broad range of industries, of which 86 have completed an initial public offering.



Founded by Bill Bowes, Stuart Moldaw and Robert Sackman in 1981, U.S. Venture Partners was an early entrant to the burgeoning venture capital industry in Silicon Valley in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The firm is currently investing out of its eleventh fund, USVP XI [2]. The USVP team foundation is grounded in four generations of high-technology venture investing and are accomplished venture investors, former CEOs, senior executives and technology company founders that committed to taking an exemplary firm into the 21st century. USVP personnel make up and the firms heritage combine to make us part of the company building process. In many situations the USVP board partner is the first call the entrepreneur makes when faced with strategic decisions, daily challenges and personal support, knowing that we will be there to provide the counsel needed, which is grounded in decades of experience and understanding of our role as coaches and confidantes. The investment team is composed of Casey Tansey, Steve Krausz, Jonathan Root, Rick Lewis, Jacques Benkoski, and Dafina Toncheva [1]. USVP has invested in many world-changing companies, including: Box, Castlight Health, Check Point Software, Concur, GoPro, Guidewire Software, HotelTonight, Imperva,, Intersect ENT, Omada Health, OncoMed, SanDisk, Sun Microsystems, Trunk Club, Trusteer, Yammer, and Zerto.

SAAS+CLOUD The transition of the trillion-dollar enterprise software and IT infrastructure to SaaS and Cloud is the largest transformation the industry has seen. Despite the huge successes, we are still in the early stage of this revolution. USVP has strong leadership in this area through its historic network and recent investments in Box, ActON, Yammer, InsideSales, PlaceIQ, Guidewire, Smartling, Zerto and others. We pull on this tremendous experience to find the best investments and grow companies in the next industry leaders.

SECURITY USVP has been a pioneer in the security space with early investments such as Checkpoint, Cyphertrust and Vontu. Market leadership in security investing comes from identifying emerging trends on the threat horizon, partnering with the best team to build the best product, and executing on an efficient “go-to market” strategy. Best of breed solutions in a specific sector have a long history of success and are exemplified by our more recent winners Trusteer, Threatmetrix, Appthority, Kenna Security, Prevoty and Cato Networks.

CONSUMER The ubiquitous presence of the Internet and mobile has given consumer’s unparalleled information and services accessible from anywhere. The connected consumer leverages technology in all aspects of life, combining experiences in the physical and digitally world by amplifying existing actions and completely new services or interactions. USVP has developed a unique approach to understand and develop valuable consumer powerhouses such as GoPro, Trunkclub, HotelTonight, PlutoTV and Primary and is looking for the next big consumer opportunities.

HEALTH CARE USVP healthcare team has a unique competence in investing in medical devices, biotechnology and healthcare information technology sectors, with a focus on therapeutic medical devices that enable new or less invasive procedures, molecularly targeted protein or small molecule therapeutics, and information technology-enabled healthcare services, which improve the quality of care and/or significantly reduce costs. Big successes such as Oncomed, Proteolix, Intellikine, Nanostim, Castlight and emerging companies like Omada, Hearthflow, and Sequent Medical demonstrate our track record.


The firm has invested across multiple sectors over the years and is currently focused on enterprise software, IT security, consumer internet, mobile, e-commerce, healthcare, and IT-enabled healthcare services.

Select portfolio companies include: 4INFO, Act-On, Box, Castlight Health, GoPro, Heartflow, HotelTonight,, Intersect ENT, Omada Health, OncoMed, PlaceIQ, Quixey, Smartling, Zefr and Zerto.

Notable historical investments include: Sun Microsystems, Callaway Golf, St. Francis Medical, SanDisk, Ross Stores, Ask Jeeves, Adify, PetSmart, Checkpoint, Mellanox, Vontu, Proleolix, Dotomi, Imperva, Guidewire Software, Yammer, Trusteer, Nanostim and Trunk Club.


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