FI  BgC3

     Office Locations:

500 Fifth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-709-3100



  • Early



  • Information Technology
  • Software & Internet



    bgC3 is a research company established in 2008 by Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. According to Wikipedia, the name is an acronym for Bill Gates Catalyst 3, with the appended number pointing to a third endeavor beyond Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to the company's federal trademark registration, it is a think-tank, covering: Scientific and technological services; Industrial analysis and research; and Design and development of computer hardware and software to combat poverty. The company has been described as a cross between a think tank, incubator and venture capital firm. bgC3 is managed by Larry Cohen, a former Microsoft executive, who serves as its managing partner.

    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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    Jonah Goldman General Manager
    Larry Cohen Managing Partner
    Rodi Guidero Strategic Investments


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