Remember learning to ride a bike?
You had a few falls. A few scrapes. A little bit of running back to Mommy. But pretty soon, you were zipping down the street, no-hands-on.
Now, remember the person who taught you how to ride?
Well, when it comes to investing, Lightspeed is that person.
The partners of Lightspeed have invested over $800M in more than 100 companies over the past two decades, across the U.S., India, China and Israel.
Which, anyway you look at it, is one whole lot of training wheels.
They have contributed strong operational and sector expertise to market leaders such as Blue Nile, Brocade, Ciena, eHealthinsurance, Galileo Technology, Informatica, Kiva Software, Metasolv, Phone.com, Quantum Effect Devices, Sirocco and Waveset, by working closely with these companies throughout the early stages of their business development lifecycles.
And their focus on investments in specific sectors, means portfolio companies benefit from Lightspeed's specialized industry knowledge and deep global network of relationships.
Their areas of investment focus include tech., non-tech., early stage and growth companies.
So just how dedicated is Lightspeed to in being a lead and active investment?
Well, the thing they're most proud about, should provide the answer.
A whole bunch of people whom they've partnered in the past, have come back to get Lightspeed to play lead investor, in their subsequent projects.
None of which means that ruling the investment business is as easy as falling off a bike.
And nobody's more aware of this than the folks at Lightspeed.
Far from resting on their laurels, for about ten years now, they've been expanding their portfolio to include Israeli companies such as Galileo Technology, Optier, ScaleMP and Skybox Security.
They've also launched the Lightspeed-Gemini Internet Lab, a joint initiative with Gemini Israel Funds to seed Israel-based Internet companies.
And they've further committed to expanding their investment footprint in China with recent non-tech investments such as LuckyPai and MSP.
Of course, they're actively investing here in India with TutorVista, Mercantila and yours truly.
All of which pretty much boils down to one thing.
If you're planning on taking a new business idea out for a spin, get Lightspeed to teach you how.
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