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Michael Moritz

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  • Growth
Follow your instincts.

Backstory

When I was trying to break into the venture business in the mid-1980s I went to meet the leaders of six firms. All, bar one, told me they did not know what to do with a history major and journalist who had never worked in a technology company, was poor at math and couldn’t tell a voltage regulator from an amplifier. The exception was Don Valentine to whom I owe the opportunity for joining and, eventually, helping build for approaching forty years, what is now known as Sequoia.

On the lookout for

Curiosity. People who speak in complete sentences about a topic that absorbs them. When we first get involved with a tiny company, nothing is obvious. If you’re looking for certainty, you wind up with bores engaged in mundane activities. We have a fondness for obsessives on a mission. This was the case when we met the founders of what became Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Klarna and Stripe and we hope it’s true when we meet you.

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Personal Side

  • Giving
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Painting
  • Cycling

Press & Media

Companies

Current Companies

  • [24]7 helps businesses create a personalized, predictive and effortless customer experience.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2003

  • Getir is the pioneer of 10-minute grocery delivery.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Michael Moritz,
    Michelle Bailhe,
    Luciana Lixandru,
    Ravi Gupta

    Partnered In

    2021

  • Instacart facilitates instant grocery delivery from local stores.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Michael Moritz,
    Alfred Lin,
    Ravi Gupta

    Partnered In

    2013

  • Klarna is a payment solution simplifying the purchasing process.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2010

  • Strava is the world's social network for athletes.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2014

  • Stripe is building an economic infrastructure for the internet.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Michael Moritz,
    Bill Coughran

    Partnered In

    2010

  • TrialSpark is an end-to-end platform for tech-driven drug development.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2017

  • Watershed is a software platform that helps companies get to zero carbon fast.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Michael Moritz,
    Shaun Maguire

    Partnered In

    2020

Enduring Companies

  • Berkeley Lights takes new approaches to biological processes.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2015

  • GameFly is a video game rental service offering a monthly subscription.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2002

  • Google organizes the world's information.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    1999

  • Green Dot builds technology for faster, more efficient electronic payment and money management.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2003

  • KAYAK is a travel meta search that allows easy consolidation of booking receipts into one itinerary.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2005

  • LinkedIn, now part of Microsoft, is a social network for professionals.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    2003

  • LinkExchange developed an internet advertising network for SMBs, now part of Microsoft.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    1997

  • PayPal is the digital payment solution behind the digital wallet.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    1999

  • Yahoo is a global media company.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partner

    Michael Moritz

    Partnered In

    1995

  • Zappos, now part of Amazon, is an online shoe retailer driven by customer service.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partners

    Michael Moritz,
    Alfred Lin

    Partnered In

    2004