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Investments

91

Portfolio Exits

43

Funds

1

About WS Investments

WS Investments Co. is the private investment fund of law firm, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The fund's contributions come from Wilson Sonsini partners. Wilson Sonsini's fund, which the firm uses to invest in promising tech clients. WS Investment is sometimes thought of as a source of a conflict of interest for the law firm because a lawyer's judgment could be swayed by his investment interests in the client's eventual IPO.WS Investments was created in 1978 to give lawyers skin in the game. Partner Mario Rosati manages the investment fund. Annually, Rosati sets a budget which the firm partnership agrees upon and then these partners suggest clients that may be worth investing in. WS Investments typically has one but maybe two funds and requires partners to participate in line with their partnership interest in the firm. WS Investment is relatively secretive but there is a bit of mythology about the fund given some of its past success which reports have suggested outperformed VC firm returns. The firm's notable investments include a $72,000 investment in Google which reports indicate became worth $28 million. The fund's investment also include Juniper Networks, Avanex and Brocade Communications which provided handsome returns during the dot com boom. There have also been losers including the likes of Telseon, Workstation and Zelerate.Partners who've invested in the WS Investment fund estimate that it has returned 20% annually over time. Despite concerns about conflicts of interest, WS Investment continues. And other law firms with a Silicon Valley presence have also created similar investment funds.

WS Investments Headquarter Location

139 Townsend Street Suite 150

San Francisco, California, 94107,

United States

415-471-3940

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GroundTruth Acquires Local Ad Platform Addy

Mar 31, 2021

GroundTruth, one of the pioneering adtech companies focused on location-based marketing, has agreed to acquire Addy, the self-serve local ad marketplace as consolidation in the adtech space continues.Backers in the company include RiverPark Ventures, WS Investments, Cabana Ventures, Cabana Ventures, Richard Parsons, Bill Apfelbaum, and Ronald Lauder Ventures.Addy offers options for local marketers to buy and place ads for print, out-of-home, television, direct mail, and creative services from its easy-to-use platform.“The feedback we have received from our small business customers is that they need a more simplified process for ad buying on our platform.The feedback we have received from our small business customers is that they need a more simplified process for ad buying on our platform. Disclaimer: This story is auto-aggregated & summarized by a computer program and has not been created by StartupAround.

WS Investments Investments

91 Investments

WS Investments has made 91 investments. Their latest investment was in ACTIV Surgical as part of their Series A - II on October 10, 2019.

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WS Investments Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

10/29/2019

Series A - II

ACTIV Surgical

$11M

Yes

4

4/23/2019

Seed VC

Experience.com

$14.5M

Yes

1

4/22/2019

Seed

Driveroo

$3.1M

Yes

2

8/29/2018

Series E - II

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$99M

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10

11/21/2017

Series A

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$99M

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10

Date

10/29/2019

4/23/2019

4/22/2019

8/29/2018

11/21/2017

Round

Series A - II

Seed VC

Seed

Series E - II

Series A

Company

ACTIV Surgical

Experience.com

Driveroo

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Amount

$11M

$14.5M

$3.1M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

4

1

2

10

10

WS Investments Portfolio Exits

43 Portfolio Exits

WS Investments has 43 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Lingotek on January 21, 2021.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

1/21/2021

Acquired

$99M

2

12/31/2019

Acquired

$99M

1

2/6/2019

Acquired

$99M

3

1/11/2018

Acquired

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$99M

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10

1/26/2017

IPO

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$99M

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10

Date

1/21/2021

12/31/2019

2/6/2019

1/11/2018

1/26/2017

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

IPO

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

2

1

3

10

10

WS Investments Fund History

1 Fund History

WS Investments has 1 fund, including MAGNETIC FUND I.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

MAGNETIC FUND I

1

Closing Date

Fund

MAGNETIC FUND I

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

1

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