VC  Vanguard Venture Partners

     Office Locations:

P.O. Box 20068
San Jose, CA 95160
Phone: 650-321-2900
Fax: 650-321-2900



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Communications & Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Vanguard Ventures specializes in seed and early stage pioneering Communications, Life Sciences, and Information Technology investments. Managing $350 million, Vanguard's current industry segment focus includes: Broadband Access; Foundry and Manufacturing; Integrated Access; IP Enabling Technologies; Optical Components, Modules and Subsystem; Optical Systems; Network Enabled Applications; Network Management Software and Operation Support Systems; Switching and Routing; Test and Measurement; and Wireless. Since 1981, Vanguard has funded 120 startups, more than 30 of which have already become corporate successes. In aggregate, these companies created over $70 billion in market value, and returned approximately $1 billion to investors. Vanguard invests up to $10-12 million per company.

    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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    Bob Ulrich Managing Director
    Dan Eilers Managing Director
    Don Wood Managing Director
    Jack Gill Managing Director
    Ken Shilling CFO


    Portfolio companies include:

      Advanced Fibre Communications
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      Capella Photonics
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      Fabric7 Systems
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      Konarka Technologies
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