VC  Outlook Ventures

     Office Locations:

3000F Danville Boulevard, Suite 110
Alamo, CA 94507
Phone: 415-547-0000



  • Early
  • Growth
  • Seed



  • Communications & Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Software & Internet



    Established in 1996, Outlook Ventures has $225 million under management and actively invests in early and growth stage, next-generation software companies in the Western U.S. Outlook's strategy is to be the first institutional investor in software businesses including Communications and Enterprise Applications and Software Infrastructure. The firm's typical initial seed stage investment is $1 to $3 million. Outlook's initial growth stage investment is typically $3 to $4 million. The firm reserves roughly 60% of its fund for participation in follow-on rounds such that its total investment in each company is typically $3 to $10 million. Portfolio businesses should be pursuing an emerging opportunity that has the potential to become at least a $1 billion industry. The firm's most recent fund, Outlook Fund III, is a $140 million fund.

    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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    Carl Nichols Managing Director
    Margot Giusti Finance & Administration
    Randy Haykin Managing Director


    Portfolio companies include:
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      Digital Chocolate
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      Impulse Network
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      Lasso Logic
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      Soundview Technology
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