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We value agility. Prediction is very difficult, especially
about the future.
Niels Bohr

We respect authenticity. The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
Socrates

We don’t
buy hype. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is
dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison

We're in it for the long run. Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all. Ernest Shackleton

We are a small, all-partner VC firm leading Series A deals in SaaS and marketplace companies. We love having the agility to make quick decisions. You should too. We love nimble, scrappy, early-stage founders — you are the ones that have the hunger and creativity to build a business out of nothing.

Authenticity is the only path to meaningful and sustainable success.  There are too many pretenders in the world.  We don’t claim to be anyone we’re not.  You shouldn’t either.  Let’s have an honest conversation about your business: the vision, the growth, and the challenges.

Talk is cheap. Failure is expensive.  We’ve seen the relentless drag of the hype cycle destroy former high-flyers.  We prefer solid business fundamentals over flashy presentations and buzz.  Vanity metrics are cute, but we’d prefer to talk about customers and engagement.

We invest in companies with a big, audacious vision that aim to create a legacy.  We know the path to get there is fraught with difficulty, and we will be committed every step of the way.  We’re honored to have shared the entrepreneurial journey with extremely talented and passionate founders.

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  • portfolio-img-36Acquired by VMware
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Alien Vault

Unified Security Management

AlienVault’s Unified Security Management platform, powered by threat intelligence from AlienVault Labs and the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange (OTX), enables organizations with limited resources to accelerate and simplify their ability to detect and respond to the growing landscape of cyber threats.

  • Location

    San Mateo, California

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Series C in 2012

  • Site

    www.alienvault.com

Centrify

Enterprise Identity Management

Unified identity management for end users and privileged users across cloud, mobile and data center.

  • Location

    Santa Clara, CA

  • Partner

    Pete Solvik

  • Round

    Led Series C in 2007

  • Site

    www.centrify.com

Contently

Content Marketing Solutions

Contently helps leading brands build loyal audiences through premium, original content.

  • Location

    New York, NY

  • Partner

    Josh Breinlinger

  • Round

    Led Series B in 2013

  • Site

    www.contently.com

Crownpeak

Enterprise Content Management

CrownPeak is building a next generation Web Content Management Platform. Creating engaging customer experiences has never been faster or easier.

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Series A in 2006

  • Site

    www.crownpeak.com

Demandbase

B2B Marketing Solutions

Demandbase builds a Marketing Cloud for B2B companies to better measure, attract, engage and convert their target customers.

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Led Series B in 2008

  • Site

    www.demandbase.com

DocuSign

Digital Transaction Management

DocuSign® is The Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management and eSignature

  • Location

    San Francisco

  • Partner

    Pete Solvik

  • Round

    Led Series B in 2006

  • Site

    www.docusign.com

Doxo

Electronic Bill Pay

Doxo is on a mission to eliminate paper billing.

  • Location

    Seattle, WA

  • Partner

    Greg Gretsch

  • Round

    Led Series B in 2010

  • Site

    doxo.com

Hightail

File Sharing

File sharing and creative collaboration tools for professionals.

  • Location

    Campbell, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Led Series B in 2007

  • Site

    www.hightail.com

Intacct

Accounting Software

Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Intacct’s award-winning cloud ERP applications are in use by more than 9,000 organizations from startups to public companies to CPA firms.

  • Location

    San Jose, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Led Series C in 2007

  • Site

    www.intacct.com

Jackbox Games

Party Games

From YOU DON’T KNOW JACK to Quiplash, Jackbox Games makes party video games for people who like to laugh.

Jellyvision

Benefits Management

The leading solution for employee benefits decision support.

  • Location

    Chicago, IL

  • Partner

    Greg Gretsch

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2007

  • Site

    www.jellyvision.com

Kindly Care

Elder Care Marketplace

Kindly Care enables families to responsibly employ caregivers as W2 employees, providing the most appealing work environment for caregivers and the most affordable solution for families.

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Partner

    Josh Breinlinger

  • Round

    Seed in 2015

  • Site

    www.kindlycare.com

Lanetix

Software for Logistics Industry

Lanetix provides a CRM, workflow and collaboration suite to the global logistics and transportation industry.

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Partner

    Pete Solvik

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2015

  • Site

    www,lanetix.com

MarketLive

ECommerce Solution

MarketLive’s world-class e-commerce technology and services are specifically designed for fast-growing companies selling both B2C and B2B goods and services online.

  • Location

    Petaluma, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Series C in 2005

  • Site

    www.marketlive.com

Mogl

Loyalty Platform

MOGL provides card-linked offer services, enabling retailers to convert on-line visits to off-line business by allowing companies to seamlessly apply discounts to a consumer’s credit card in real-time.

  • Location

    San Diego, CA

  • Partner

    Pete Solvik

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2011

  • Site

    www.mogl.com

OfferUp

Consumer Marketplace for Used Goods

OfferUp is a mobile marketplace for consumers to buy and sell locally.

  • Location

    Seattle, WA

  • Partner

    Josh Breinlinger

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2013

  • Site

    www.offerup.com

Omniata

Data Analytics and Engagement Platform

Omniata is building a unified solution for massive scale analytics, acquisition tracking, engagement marketing, and A/B testing.

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Partner

    Josh Breinlinger

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2013

  • Site

    www.omniata.com

ScanCafe

Digitization Services

Scancafe aims to digitize all the memories that happened before the invention of the Internet, and developed Photogurus, a service which helps you organize your digital photos into beautiful photo stories.

  • Location

    Burlingame, CA

  • Partner

    Pete Solvik

  • Round

    Led Series B in 2008

  • Site

    www.scancafe.com

Seismic

Sales Enablement

Seismic is the leading end-to-end sales enablement solution that increases sales productivity and marketing effectiveness by delivering the right content at the right time on any device.

  • Location

    San Diego, CA

  • Partner

    Pete Solvik

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2013

  • Site

    www.seismic.com

Sparkcentral

Customer Engagement Platform

Sparkcentral enables enterprises to deliver engaging customer experiences in an era of the empowered, hyper-connected customer – all from a unified, channel-agnostic customer engagement platform.

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2013

  • Site

    www.sparkcentral.com

Strava

Social Fitness

Strava unlocks potential through the power and purpose of sport. Designed by athletes, for athletes, Strava’s mobile apps and website connect millions of runners and cyclists every day.

  • Location

    San Francisco

  • Partner

    Greg Gretsch

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2010

  • Site

    www.strava.com

ToutApp

Sales Acceleration Platform

The leading sales acceleration platform — tightly integrated into email to empower sales reps to become more efficient and productive.

  • Location

    San Francisco

  • Partner

    Greg Gretsch

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2013

  • Site

    www.toutapp.com

Upwork

Freelance Labor Marketplace

Upwork is building the workplace for the world, with over $1B in work performed annually.

  • Location

    Mountain View, CA

  • Partner

    Greg Gretsch

  • Round

    Co-led Series A in 2004

  • Site

    upwork.com

Vormetric

Data Security Solutions

Vormetric provides data security solutions that protect data-at-rest across physical, virtual, public, private and hybrid clouds.

  • Location

    San Jose, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Led Series B in 2002

  • Site

    google.com

Waterline Data

Automated Data Inventory for Hadoop

Waterline Data provides an automated data inventory for Hadoop, which enables data architects and data stewards to deploy a governed inventory of data assets in a “data lake,” as well as provides secure self-service to data scientists and data engineers to find, inspect and understand data quickly for use in big data analytics.

  • Location

    Mountain View, CA

  • Partner

    Bob Spinner

  • Round

    Series A in 2013

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    waterlinedata.com

Zetta Net

Enterprise Backup and Disaster Recovery

Zetta delivers enterprise-grade cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions for small and mid-sized enterprises.

  • Location

    Sunnyvale, CA

  • Partner

    Greg Gretsch

  • Round

    Led Series A in 2008

  • Site

    zetta.net

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    Managing Director

    Josh Breinlinger

    Josh joined Jackson Square Ventures in 2010, bringing operating experience as a founding team member of oDesk, a cofounder at Rev, and the head of product and marketing at Adroll.  He loves marketplaces — especially at the early stages when a startup must deal with the inevitable challenges of the chicken and the egg.  In a former life, he went to MIT for mechanical engineering and built fuel injectors to lower emissions.

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      Marketplaces, SaaS

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      oDesk, Rev, Adroll

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      OfferUp, VacationFutures, Contently, Omniata, Kindly Care

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    Managing Director

    Greg Gretsch

    Greg is a founding partner of Jackson Square Ventures.  He was a serial 3X founder prior to becoming a professional investor.  His most successful startup was Connectify, which was acquired by Kana, a leading customer support software company.  He has been fortunate enough to lead early rounds in two companies that have reached the hallowed billion-dollar mark. His focus is on potential category-leading companies, including sales and marketing software, storage, and marketplaces.

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      SaaS, Sales & Marketing, Consumer, Marketplaces

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      Kana, Connectify, GiftOne, Vicarious, Apple

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      Upwork, Responsys (IPO - acquired by Oracle), Strava, Toutapp, Equallogic (acquired by Dell), Jellyvision, Jackbox Games, Sugarsync (acquired by J2 Global), Doxo, Talking Blocks (acquired by HP)

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    Managing Director

    Pete Solvik

    Pete is a founding partner of Jackson Square Ventures. He was the CIO of Cisco during an incredible growth phase of 100X over 8 years to a total of $20B in annual sales. Before that, he was an IT exec at Apple for 11 years and oversaw the Apple Online Services group.  Pete is second to none in understanding the mind of an enterprise software buyer.

    • Industries

      SaaS, Enterprise, Security

    • Operator

      Cisco, Apple

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      Docusign, Centrify, KACE (acquired by Dell), Seismic, Topio (acquired by NetApp), Lanetix, Mogl, Scancafe

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    Managing Director

    Bob Spinner

    Bob is a founding partner and managing director of Jackson Square Ventures.  Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Bob was an early employee at three startups with increased responsibility from Sales Director at Sybase, to SVP of Sales at Clarify, to CEO of Extensity.  While at JSV, Bob has focused on cloud applications, security and big data.  Bob’s operational focus has been in helping startups build world-class go-to-market teams.

    • Industries

      SaaS, Security, Enterprise

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      Extensity, Clarify, Sybase

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      Fortify (acquired by HP), Replay Technologies (acquired by CA), Demandbase, Alienvault, Vormetric, Sparkcentral, Intacct, Marketlive, Crownpeak, Waterline Data Science, Hightail

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    Investor Relations

    John Otterson

    John joined Jackson Square Ventures in 2015, following 25 years at the heart of the innovation sector with Silicon Valley Bank.  His last fifteen years with SVB were spent leading LP Relations for SVB Capital, the bank’s highly selective venture investment group.  An unabashed fan of entrepreneurs, he co-founded EvoNexus in San Diego as well as MaiTai in Maui, which uniquely combines his passion for kiteboarding and entrepreneurship.

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      Alternative Investments

    • Operator

      Silicon Valley Bank

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Meet the entire JSV team
  • September 1, 2015

    PEHUB: Sigma West rebrands as Jackson Square Ventures

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  • Wednesday August 26, 2015

    "The Series A Renaissance" by partner, Greg Gretsch

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  • Thursday August 20, 2015

    "Hourglass of Focus" by partner, Josh Breinlinger

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  • August 19, 2015

    AlienVault Closes New Financing Round of $52 Million

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