Founded by Don Valentine in 1972 in Menlo Park, California, Sequoia Capital is a venture capital firm specializing in incubation, seed stage, start-up stage, early stage, and growth stage investments in private companies. It also invests in public companies.

The firm seeks to invest in all sectors, and in aggregate, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ’s total value.

Companies they have invested in include: Paypal, Apple, Oracle, YouTube, Electronic Arts, LinkedIn and Google, as well as many more.