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2015-02-20

Bessemer Venture Partners announces $1.6 billion fund to invest in innovative companies

BVP has done early-stage investments in Twilio, Pinterest, Yelp, Skype and Shopify to growth rounds for LinkedIn and Box.

Global venture capital and growth capital investor Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) today announced a new $1.6 billion global fund - BVP IX, to invest in innovative companies around the world, the company said in a blog.

BVP will focus on its current sectors along with exploring new areas of opportunity. They continue to focus on sectors like consumer, internet, enterprise technology, mobile, cyber security, cloud computing and SaaS developer platforms & developer infrastructure, healthcare and IT. It seeks to invest at all the stages from seed to VC funding.

Last year, BVP invested in nine Indian companies including follow-on-investments in existing portfolio firms, according to the VCCedge, a research platform of VCCircle. These companies include Home Interior Designs E-Commerce Pvt Ltd (home furnishing products' seller under brand Livspace), Serendipity Infolabs Pvt Ltd (car rental services venture TaxiForSure), Snapdeal, Remedinet Technologies Pvt Ltd (healthcare information provider), Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd (mobile & digital internet company) among others.

Recently the VC firm made a multi-bagger part-exit from its around six-year-old investment in public-listed Shriram City Union Finance by selling a small stake in the company.

Globally, BVP has done early-stage investments in Twilio, Pinterest, Yelp, Skype and Shopify to growth rounds for LinkedIn and Box. BVP's mission is to back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs to help them build big businesses and dominate markets.

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