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Andrew Reed

  • Growth
Founders are human beings. They have senses of humor, diverse interests, ups and downs. And so do I. I try to meet them as people, and talk about everything—not just how the quarter is going.

Backstory

I joined Sequoia in 2014. I had some depth on the quantitative side of investing, but I had so much to learn about founders, teams, products and company-building. I saw in Sequoia the chance to work with the best investors and best founders in the world, and I get to do that every day now.

I have a strong belief in the global opportunity for founders and startups. The legendary companies of this generation will start all over the world, and scale all over the world too. Even before I joined, I appreciated Sequoia’s global mindset, willingness to take risks, and scale of ambition. I work with founders in places as far afield as Tallinn, Estonia (Bolt), Bogota, Colombia (Rappi), not to mention many remote companies that are scaling on the Internet (Zapier, Loom, Sourcegraph).

Back in 2014, I knew I loved investing. I didn’t realize how much I’d love working with founders. I am often amazed by the capabilities of the founders I get to work with, and the way my relationships with those founders grow and strengthen with time. I pride myself on trusted dialogue, direct communication, an open network and fast email response times. References available upon request.

On the lookout for

I don’t define my interests by sector. I’ve worked with companies building everything from design tools to open source software to fintech apps to digital health to global ride-hailing and food delivery. But there are two common threads:

First, and most important is the founding team. Regardless of stage, that’s where everything starts. I look for people who have the horsepower to solve hard problems, the determination and ambition to build an enduring company for the long term, and the ability to explain a future and make it seem inevitable. I also look for people I trust. The best founders—when given the right set of inputs—tend to make the right decisions. Our job is to make sure those inputs are there.

The second common thread is a focus on quality and craftsmanship. When I evaluate a company, I talk to users, try the product, look at job postings, API docs, support forums—not just the slide deck and financials. Great companies have a consistency of design and experience that permeates the entire organization and every interaction with their customers, users, prospects and developers. Attention to detail is important to me.

What I don’t care about is traditional pedigree. I work with some founders that have multiple degrees, and another that never graduated high school. I care about performance, ethics, clarity of thought, teamwork, ambition—and will to win.

Get in touch with Andrew

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Companies

Current Companies

  • Bolt is a European mobility platform for ridesharing, scooter rentals and food delivery.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Andrew Reed,
    Anas Biad

    Partnered In

    2021

  • Chainguard helps organizations secure their software supply chains through products, tooling, and education.
    Current Stage

    Early

    Partners

    Bogomil Balkansky,
    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2022

  • Figma is the first web-based collaborative design tool.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2019

  • Front is a communication hub for building strong customer relationships.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Bryan Schreier,
    Andrew Reed,
    Ravi Gupta

    Partnered In

    2017

  • Loom is a workplace collaboration tool that allows for instant sharing of videos.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2019

  • Medallion is a workflow automation company for healthcare that offers licensing and credentialing.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Andrew Reed,
    Dannie Herzberg

    Partnered In

    2021

  • Papaya makes paying bills as easy as snapping a photo.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2018

  • Productboard is a product-management system that helps organizations build the right products.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2019

  • Rappi is an on-demand delivery platform for Latin America.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2016

  • Rec Room is a cross platform digital third place for kids at heart.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Stephanie Zhan,
    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2016

  • Snapdocs is a digital mortgage closing platform.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2017

  • Sourcegraph is a universal code search tool.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2020

  • Tourlane is an online booking platform for custom multiday trips.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Andrew Reed,
    Alfred Lin

    Partnered In

    2018

  • Vanta automates and simplifies security and compliance.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2021

  • Zapier's software makes automation easy for everyone.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2020

Enduring Companies

  • GitHub is the system of record for code.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partners

    Jim Goetz,
    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2015

  • Robinhood lets anyone invest in the stock market for free.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner

    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2018

  • Sumo Logic is a cloud-native continuous intelligence platform.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partners

    Pat Grady,
    Andrew Reed

    Partnered In

    2014