Microsoft Ventures was announced a few months back and now they have a new website that highlights their portfolio, where you can learn more about the companies they have invested and their areas of focus.
In the world of business SaaS, they’ve invested in Helpshift and Outreach. In cloud infrastructure, they’ve invested in Rescale. In productivity and communications, they’ve invested in three companies – Comfy, Layer and Kahoot in the world of education. In machine learning, they’ve invested in CrowdFlower and more recently, CognitiveScale. And in security, they’ve invested in Aqua Security and Team8.
Nagraj Kashyap, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Ventures said the following regarding Microsoft Venutres,
With the official debut of Microsoft Ventures in late May, the momentum is already underway in our first few months. Our aim is to use this fund to place bets on innovators who align to our investment focus – cutting-edge technologies that better enable digital transformation. The reception we’ve received, from both the entrepreneurs who are aligned with our ambitions and the VCs who see us as a valuable partner, has blown past our expectations. We are now providing financing and strategic relationships with Microsoft to entrepreneurs in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Tel Aviv. We’ve seen great deal flow and have already completed 13 investments from Series A to Series C, across several B2B categories.
Check out their new website here.