Matrix Partners

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Matrix Partners
TypePrivate ownership
IndustryPrivate equity
PredecessorHellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977 to 1982)
FounderPaul Ferri
HeadquartersPalo Alto, California, US
AUM$4 billion (2019)[1]

Matrix Partners is a US-based private equity investment firm focusing on venture capital investments. The firm invests in seed and early-stage companies in the United States and India, particularly in the software, communications, semiconductors, data storage, Internet or wireless sectors.

The firm is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Mumbai, India; and Beijing, China.


Founded in 1977, Matrix was an active player in the development of the venture capital industry in the 1980s. The firm's direct predecessor, Hellman Ferri Investment Associates[2] (1977 to 1982), was founded by Paul J. Ferri and Warren Hellman. In 1982, Ferri and Hellman split ways and Ferri went to focus on early-stage companies, forming Matrix in Boston, Massachusetts while Hellman founded the San Francisco-based private equity firm, Hellman & Friedman which focused on later-stage firm investments.[3]

Among the firm's notable investments, Matrix Partners was an early-stage investor in Apple Inc., Arrowpoint Communications, Digium, JBoss, JustFab, PSINet, SanDisk, Silverstream Software,, Sonus Networks, Tivoli Software, Tollbridge Technologies, VERITAS Software, Vermeer Technologies Incorporated, and Xilinx.

In 1985, Matrix raised its first institutional private equity fund. In 2001, Matrix Partners completed fundraising for Matrix Partners VII, a $1 billion venture capital fund.[4] In 2006, Matrix raised Matrix Partners VIII fund, with $445 million of investor commitments.[5] In 2006, Matrix also raised a separate $150 million India fund.[6][7] In July 2009, Matrix raised Matrix IX fund with $600 million.[8] As of 2018, the firm has raised eleven U.S venture capital funds and five China focused funds.[9] In November 2021, The Wall Street Journal reported that Matrix Partners is a major investor in Chinese semiconductor firms, raising U.S. national security concerns.[10]


  1. ^ "About".
  2. ^ "A Casual Approach to Success – Alumni – Harvard Business School". Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Matrix Partners raises new VC fund". Fortune. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  4. ^ $1bn fund for Matrix Partners Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. AltAssets, 2001
  5. ^ Matrix makes plans for $445m fund.(Matrix Partners raises funds for its new fund Matrix Partners VIII). Private Equity Week, 2006
  6. ^ Matrix Partners closes India fund on $150m Archived October 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. AltAssets, 2006.
  7. ^ Matrix Closes New India Fund. New York Times, 2006
  8. ^ "Matrix Partners › Press Room › Matrix Partners Closes New $600 Million Matrix IX Fund". Archived from the original on August 9, 2009.
  9. ^ "Xconomy: Matrix Partners Holds Steady with $450M Fund, as Other VCs Go Big". Xconomy. June 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  10. ^ O'Keeffe, Kate; Somerville, Heather; Jie, Yang (November 12, 2021). "U.S. Companies Aid China's Bid for Chip Dominance Despite Security Concerns". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved November 12, 2021.

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