Avalon Ventures closes $200 million fund IX

Ronny Kerr · January 10, 2011 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/15bc

Ninth and largest fund from San Diego investment firm, previously invested in Backupify, Zynga

Avalon VenturesAvalon Ventures announced Monday that it has closed capital commitments of $200 million for its ninth and largest fund, Avalon Ventures IX, LP.

The fund was more than 33 percent oversubscribed compared to the firm’s original target, drawn last May, of $150 million. Nearly all institutional investors in Avalon’s previous two funds committed to the newest.

Headquartered in La Jolla, Calif., within the San Diego city limits, Avalon Ventures focuses on early-stage technology, digital media and life science companies. To give a more specific picture of the kind of startups the firm funds, here’s a sampling of Avalon investments we’ve covered here on VatorNews:

  • Standing Cloud, a cloud application management platform, raised a $3 million Series B round led by Avalon (December 2010).
  • Backupify, a service that backs up online data, raised a $4.5 million Series A round (September 2010).
  • Simulmedia, a media marketing company, raised an $8 million Series B round (April 2010).
  • Scoopler, a real-time search engine, raised a seed round under $1 million (October 2009).

Avalon Ventures was also one of the earliest investors in social gaming giant Zynga. Three other investments listed on Avalon’s website are Cloudant, CloudKick and Kaltura.

Looking at all these startup’s offerings, I think it’s safe to say that Avalon is keenly attracted to cloud computing services, either those that target consumers or businesses. It’s a good space to target, as the cloud proves more and more to be the Web’s future; this is perhaps best evidenced by increasing adoption by the Google Docs productivity suite as well as Apple’s rumored plans to move iTunes to the cloud.

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