On Friday afternoon, Sand Hill Road venture capital firm Trinity Ventures submitted paperwork to the SEC disclosing its intent to raise $250 million for its thirteenth venture capital fund.
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If fully-raised, Trinity Ventures XIII will be the smallest venture fund raised by the early-stage investor in decades. In November 2015, Trinity Ventures XII closed out with $400 million under management. The last fund smaller than the $250 million targeted by Fund XIII was the $148 million Trinity Ventures secured all the way back in 1998 for Fund VI.
What’s notable, though, is the disconnect between prior reports from the Wall Street Journal and the filing made today. In February, the Wall Street Journal relayed information from an unnamed source that Trinity Ventures was targeting “between $350 million and $400 million for its new fund.” The source also said that a number of the firm’s established partners will not be party to Fund XIII.
Those changes were confirmed by this afternoon’s SEC filing. In the table below, we show the names listed under the “Related Persons” section of the Form D filings for Fund XII and Fund XIII. We highlighted in red the names of people who are not included on the GP roster for Fund XII and highlighted in green the names of new general partners added to the firm since 2015.
Fund XIII will be managed by five general partners, according to the filing. These GPs include:
- Patricia Nakache, a general partner at Trinity Ventures since 1999. She has represented the firm on dozens of deals and on several company boards. Before her time in venture, Nakache spent nine years at McKinsey. In addition to her startup directorships, Nakache serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association and is a founding member of All Raise, a nonprofit advocating for diversity, inclusion, and more funding for women in entrepreneurship and venture.
- Ajay Chopra, a general partner at Trinity Ventures since 2006. Before getting into venture, Chopra co-founded and led Pinnacle Systems—an early leader in digital video hardware and software—as its CEO from 1989 to 2005. Pinnacle Systems was sold to Avid Technology in 2005 for $462 million.
- Nina Labatt, a financial professional who’s been with Trinity Ventures since 2013. Labatt was previously the CFO and “Administrative Partner” at the firm until July 2018, when she became chief operating officer and GP at the firm. Her prior experience includes serving as managing director of private equity services at Silicon Valley Bank and in CFO roles at nearly a half dozen other venture firms.
- Karan Mehandru, a long-time partner at Trinity Ventures who previously worked at Scale Venture Partners and Synopsis, among other prior experience. Crunchbase data indicates Mehandru has been making investments with Trinity Ventures since at least 2011.
- Schwark Satyavolu, previously founder of Yodlee (acquired by Envestnet) and Truaxis (acquired by Mastercard), who, according to Crunchbase data, has been investing with Trinity Ventures since 2008, following a stint as an entrepreneur in residence at Bessemer Venture Partners. Prior to joining Trinity as a general partner, Satyavolu was an executive vice president of product and technology at LifeLock.
Typically, in VC, general partners from the last fund who aren’t included on the most recent fund are obliged to continue their portfolio company directorships and advisory work as representatives of the firm to be included on management fee and carried interest distributions.
The firm seems to have long-term plans in place to continue investing in early-stage deals. On Thursday, the firm announced it promoted John Lin from associate to principal, which is typically a partner-track role.
Additionally, the firm brought in Lisa Coca as an executive in residence. Coca was a founding member of GE Ventures and co-founded their enterprise software practice.1 Prakash Ramamurthy, formerly an executive at Oracle and LifeLock, and one-time entrepreneur in residence at Trinity Ventures, joined the firm as an operating partner, according to the announcement.
At this time, the filing says the firm hasn’t received its first capital commitment for the new investment vehicle, but it’s not uncommon for firms to file Form Ds right before calling down capital from limited partners who’ve previously made “soft commits.” (It’s the difference between “I’ll send you a check” and “Check is in the mail.”) Trinity Ventures is raising private capital under Rule 506(b) of Regulation D, which specifies that a Form D must be filed within 15 days of the date of first sale.
Crunchbase News reached out to Trinity Ventures for comment but did not receive a reply in time for publication. This article will be updated if we hear back from them.
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