VC  Propel Partners

     Office Locations:

385 Homer Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-322-2800
Fax: 650-587-0021



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Communications & Networking
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Semiconductor
  • Software & Internet



    Founded in 1990, Propel invests in companies that typically have developed a disruptive technology that is in the beta stage of development or later. Propel's team has been investing in technology companies since 1998 and real estate since 1982. The Propel Partners team focuses on technology companies in four sectors: Enterprise Software, Networking, Wireless, and Semiconductor. Designated employees of Propel work full-time in the firm's portfolio companies, typically for a period of six to eighteen months. Propel provides access to capital through its own funds as well as external capital sources. Propel also manages capital through its sister company, VC Forum. For Real Estate investments, Propel currently invests in single-family residential and small commercial properties in Northern California. The firm typically acquires older properties in affluent neighborhoods that require extensive upgrades.

    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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    Gordon Smythe General Partner


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Dante Software
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      Earth Energy
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      Sound Technologies
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