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Investments

70

Portfolio Exits

14

Funds

4

About K9 Ventures

K9 Ventures is an early stage venture fund that provides funding and support for concept-stage and seed-stage technology companies. K9 works with entrepreneurs, sometimes even before a company has been formed, to help evaluate, evolve and fund a company in its nascent stages. K9 Ventures focuses on startups in the San Francisco Bay Area that have a strong entrepreneur/team, an idea that has a clear path to revenue, which can be capital efficient and where we can add value.

K9 Ventures Headquarter Location

P.O. Box 901

Palo Alto, California, 94302,

United States

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Autonomous Retrofit Startup Teleo Gets a Funding Boost, Partners with Deere Dealer

Jun 21, 2022

John Deere Teleo, a California-based startup that retrofits heavy equipment with autonomous technology , has raised $12 million in Series A funding from F-Prime Capital, K9 Ventures and Trucks Venture Capital. The startup was founded to address the shortage of skilled labor facing heavy civil and mining contractors. Teleo’s Supervised Autonomy Technology lets contractors retrofit their existing fleet of heavy equipment for remote operation, allowing dozers, excavators, trucks, wheel loaders and more to be run without an operator in the cab. The operator can control multiple pieces of equipment from a remote control station, enhancing both safety and productivity, the company says. With Teleo Supervised Autonomy technology, the remote operator can set a machine into autonomy mode for certain use cases or actions, choosing which machines to control and which to allow to operate autonomously. Live feeds and advanced analytics enhance contractor insight and improve performance, often providing better visibility and control than is possible for an operator sitting in the cab. Teleo says this pragmatic “crawl-walk-run” approach delivers the benefits of supervised autonomy now, while allowing construction and mining companies to amortize their investments as the technology matures toward fully autonomous heavy equipment operation. “Teleo was founded by two exceptional individuals, with extensive backgrounds in deep technology and autonomy. We believe their approach to bringing human supervised autonomy to the heavy equipment market is incredibly insightful and important. Teleo’s technology positively impacts the ROI of operation, while both upskilling the operator community and increasing safety levels," says Adam Grosser, chairman and managing partner of UP.Partners, Teleo's funding leader. In addition to the funding boost, Teleo announced a partnership with RDO Equipment. The John Deere dealer will sell, service and support Teleo’s Supervised Autonomy technology. The proprietary technology works across all heavy equipment types and all brands. Here's a preview of Teleo’s Supervised Autonomy technology in action: Related Stories

K9 Ventures Investments

70 Investments

K9 Ventures has made 70 investments. Their latest investment was in Pesto as part of their Seed VC on February 2, 2022.

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K9 Ventures Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

2/1/2022

Seed VC

Pesto

$5M

Yes

5

12/22/2021

Series A

Avoma

$12M

Yes

8

12/15/2021

Series C

Forethought

$65M

No

10

12/10/2021

Series A

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$99M

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10

11/2/2021

Series D

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$99M

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10

Date

2/1/2022

12/22/2021

12/15/2021

12/10/2021

11/2/2021

Round

Seed VC

Series A

Series C

Series A

Series D

Company

Pesto

Avoma

Forethought

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Amount

$5M

$12M

$65M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

Sources

5

8

10

10

10

K9 Ventures Portfolio Exits

14 Portfolio Exits

K9 Ventures has 14 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Traptic on February 16, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
Valuations are submitted by companies, mined from state filings or news, provided by VentureSource, or based on a comparables valuation model.

Acquirer

Sources

2/16/2022

Acquired

$99M

3

3/3/2021

Acquired

$99M

32

3/29/2019

IPO

$99M

Public

19

3/11/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

1/16/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

2/16/2022

3/3/2021

3/29/2019

3/11/2019

1/16/2019

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

IPO

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

Public

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Sources

3

32

19

10

10

K9 Ventures Fund History

4 Fund Histories

K9 Ventures has 4 funds, including K9 Ventures III.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

8/14/2017

K9 Ventures III

Early-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$42M

2

7/19/2012

K9 Ventures II LP

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$99M

10

7/1/2012

K9 Ventures I

$99M

0

4/28/2010

K9 Ventures LP

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$99M

10

Closing Date

8/14/2017

7/19/2012

7/1/2012

4/28/2010

Fund

K9 Ventures III

K9 Ventures II LP

K9 Ventures I

K9 Ventures LP

Fund Type

Early-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

Closed

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Amount

$42M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

2

10

0

10

K9 Ventures Team

2 Team Members

K9 Ventures has 2 team members, including current Chief Financial Officer, Ricke Braughm.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Manu Kumar

Founder

Current

Ricke Braughm

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Name

Manu Kumar

Ricke Braughm

Work History

Title

Founder

Chief Financial Officer

Status

Current

Current

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