Bezos Expeditions is the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. Bezos Expeditions has supported a wide range of innovative and successful technologies and companies in addition to Rethink Robotics, including MakerBot, Twitter, Uber, Business Insider, Basecamp, MFG.com and more.
Founded in 1970, CRV has been a leading investor in early-stage technology companies for more than forty years. CRV’s investment partners, all of whom are experienced entrepreneurs and operators, are focused on helping to build world-changing companies that create tremendous value. CRV has recently led early investments in some of the biggest consumer and enterprise tech companies including Twitter, Yammer, Zendesk, and more. CRV has offices in Cambridge, MA and Menlo Park, CA.
DFJ began in 1985 with a focus on early-stage companies, and has since added a Growth team to focus on late-stage investing. DFJ invests in technology companies serving the needs of consumers and enterprises, as well as companies creating disruptive technologies such as commercial space exploration, robotics, and sustainable transportation. Investments include Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), Box (NYSE: BOX), Cylance, Nervana (Intel), Planet, Skype, SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY), SpaceX, Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA), Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), Tumblr (Yahoo!), Unity, Yammer (Microsoft), and Zoox.
The firm has backed 24 companies that have each achieved more than $1 billion in realized value through an initial public offering or acquisition.
GE Ventures is committed to identifying, scaling and accelerating ideas that will make the world work better. Focused on the areas of software, advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare, GE Ventures helps entrepreneurs and start-ups succeed by providing access to GE’s technical expertise, capital and opportunities for commercialization through GE’s global network of business, customers and partners. GE Ventures offers an unparalleled level of resources through its Global Research Center, including: 35,000 engineers; 5,000 research scientists; 8,000 software professionals; as well as 40,000 sales, marketing and development resources in over 100 countries.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
Highland Capital Partners
Highland Capital Partners was founded with the mission of helping great people build great companies. Since its inception in 1988, the firm has taken a sector-focused approach to investing in exceptional communications, consumer, digital media, health care and information technology companies. With more than $3 billion of committed capital in more than 225 companies, Highland Capitals has offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Geneva. Highland has invested in and worked to create such firms as Ask Jeeves, Avid Technology, CheckFree, Conor Medsystems, Continental Cable, lululemon athletica, Lycos, MapQuest, Navic Networks, Ocular Networks, P.A. Semi, Quigo, Starent Networks, Sybase, Telica and VistaPrint.
Sigma Partners was founded in 1984 on the principle that people are the essential element of success. That is why Sigma focuses on identifying exceptional entrepreneurs with creative ideas and supporting them in building great companies. Unlike some firms that hire venture capitalists based upon their business school degrees and finance backgrounds, Sigma has partners with experience in the trenches starting and running entrepreneurial companies. This first-hand experience allows Sigma to give early-stage companies both tactical and strategic guidance and access to a powerful business network.