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Sequoia

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Founded Year

2012

Stage

Private Equity | Alive

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About Sequoia

Sequoia is a provider of software development and engineering services centered on improving the analysis, collection, collaboration and sharing of data. Sequoia provides engineering and cloud orchestration solutions to the national security sector, including the U.S. intelligence community, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

Headquarters Location

11180 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 110

Reston, Virginia, 20191,

United States

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Sequoia Patents

Sequoia has filed 11 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Cloud computing
  • Honeycombs (geometry)
  • Immunology
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Application Date

Grant Date

Title

Related Topics

Status

4/23/2020

1/24/2023

Machine learning, Classification algorithms, Artificial neural networks, Artificial intelligence, Natural language processing

Grant

Application Date

4/23/2020

Grant Date

1/24/2023

Title

Related Topics

Machine learning, Classification algorithms, Artificial neural networks, Artificial intelligence, Natural language processing

Status

Grant

Latest Sequoia News

Another Sequoia Startup Faces The Heat: GoMechanic Admits False Financial Reporting

Jan 18, 2023

Share story In a social media post, GoMechanic cofounder Amit Bhasin said that the startup made errors in judgment, including in regard to financial reporting, as it followed growth at all costs Bhasin also confirmed that the startup laid off 70% of its workforce, and added that it would restructure the business and look for capital solutions GoMechanic has joined startups from Sequoia’s portfolio like Trell, Zilingo, and BharatPe, where corporate governance, financial scandals and legal tussles came to light last year A day after reports emerged of automobile after-sales service startup GoMechanic laying off around 70% of its workforce , its cofounder Amit Bhasin publicly admitted to committing “errors in judgment” in regard to financial reporting while trying to pursue growth. “Our passion to survive the intrinsic challenges of this sector, and manage capital, took the better of us and we made errors in judgment as we followed growth at all costs, including in regard to financial reporting, which we deeply regret,” Bhasin said in a post on LinkedIn. With this, GoMechanic has become the latest Sequoia Capital-backed startup to take the employee layoff route in recent days, joining the names like Ola, Rebel Foods, and Bounce, among others. Besides, with questions being raised around its business financials, GoMechanic has joined the list of Sequoia Capital-backed startups, including BharatPe , Trell, and Zilingo, which made the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2022, including issues with their corporate governance and financial misreporting. Sources told Inc42 that the startup “fictionalised its revenue”. GoMechanic’s Bhasin in his post said that a third-party firm will conduct an audit of the business. “As entrepreneurs, we identify problems, come up with solutions, and explore every opportunity to grow those solutions to meet unmet needs. But in this instance, we got carried away,” he added. Founded in 2016 by Bhasin, Kushal Karwa, Rishabh Karwa, and Nitin Rana, GoMechanic is primarily a digital car maintenance and servicing app which connects car owners with repair service providers in their area. Recommended For You: 1st January, 2023 Confirming that the startup laid off 70% of its workforce, Bhasin said, “We take full responsibility for this current situation and unanimously have decided to restructure the business while we look for capital solutions.”  Employees across departments were impacted by the layoffs, and Bhasin said that the restructuring would be “painful”. Besides the layoffs, the startup has reportedly also directed the remaining employees to work without pay for the next three months. Other than Sequoia Capital, GoMechanic is backed by the likes of Tiger Global, Orios Venture Partners, and Chiratae Ventures. The startup had last raised a $42 Mn Series C funding round from these investors in 2021. Unsuccessful Funding Attempt  Amid the controversy, reports have emerged that GoMechanic was in talks to raise a new funding round led by Tiger Global early last year. However, the discussions fell through as discrepancies were found in its accounts during the due diligence process. Citing sources, the Economic Times reported that SoftBank perhaps pulled out from investing in the startup after due diligence conducted by EY brought the issues in GoMechanic’s accounts and operations to light. GoMechanic was not immediately available to respond to Inc42’s queries on the issue. Sequoia Capital, which has been an active investor in the Indian startup ecosystem, finds itself in an uneviable position as it has been the common link between most of the Indian startups which have been under the spotlight since last year for corporate governance issues, financial scandals, legal battles, and more. Trying to clarify its position, the venture capital firm, in a blog post last year, said, “Recently some portfolio founders have been under investigation for potential fraudulent practices or poor governance. These allegations are deeply disturbing. We have always strongly encouraged founders to play the long game. We focus on the enduring, and discourage focussing on vanity metrics.”  “We will continue to respond strongly when we encounter willful misconduct or fraud,” it added. The latest controversies around GoMechanic erupt at a time when the BharatPe saga is still on with the fintech startup and its former employees fighting multiple cases against each other in courts. Notably, most of the issues at the Sequoia-backed startups came to light around or after the onset of funding winter last year which dried up funding. This has also highlighted the need for founders and investors to put in place strong corporate governance measures .

Sequoia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Sequoia founded?

    Sequoia was founded in 2012.

  • Where is Sequoia's headquarters?

    Sequoia's headquarters is located at 11180 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston.

  • What is Sequoia's latest funding round?

    Sequoia's latest funding round is Private Equity.

  • Who are the investors of Sequoia?

    Investors of Sequoia include Chart National.

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