I  8ninths


     Office Locations:

3005 112th Ave NE, Suite 250,
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 206-494-4339



  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Software & Internet



    8ninths is an R&D Lab and start-up Incubator founded in 2008 by two longtime Microsoft web veterans. The company takes its name from the concept that 8/9 of an iceberg is hidden below the surface; the entrepreneurs look for new, emerging, hidden, and 'non-obvious' investments. The two founders have been conceiving, building and leading product development on some of the largest and most revolutionary products Microsoft has ever produced since 1995. Until September 2008, Co-Founder Adam Sheppard, worked in Microsoft CTO, Ray Ozzies' team as Director of Strategic Business Development for Microsoft Live Labs building external partnerships and driving revenue through licensing programs. Co-Founder William Lai was a pioneer in the development of instant messaging, having led the development team that was nominated as 'Legendary Development Team of Microsoft' and releasing MSN Messenger. He grew the service to become a cornerstone of the Microsoft web offerings.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Adam Sheppard Co-Founder & CEO
    William Lai Co-Founder & President


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