Illuminate Ventures is an early stage VC firm led by a team of experienced investors with significant operating and investment track records. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the firm is targeting US-based high growth, capital efficient companies in selected sectors within the high-tech landscape. We work closely with founders to support them in building truly great companies. We’ve been there ourselves and know that a team-based approach delivers the best results.
The firm also benefits from a “Who’s Who” 30+ person Advisory Council made up of some of the most successful members of the high-tech ecosystem including founders like Donna Dubinsky (Palm Computing, Handspring) and Diane Greene (VMWare, VXtreme), senior corporate executives and board members in companies like Adobe, Dell, IBM, Microsoft and Symantec and venture industry veterans like Bob Gunderson, Ruthann Quindlen and Janice Roberts – all of whom have committed to work closely with the firm and with the founding teams in our portfolio.
Illuminate’s investment team is well respected in the venture community where they have built longstanding relationships with successful entrepreneurs and co-investors. Illuminate team members have helped successfully build companies to deliver positive returns through IPOs and M&A transactions both as investors and as operating managers in a variety of sectors including SaaS/cloud computing, Internet/Web 2.0 applications, security, technology enabled services, digital media and mobile and wireless communications.