We’re proud to announce the formation of the Palo Alto Networks® Venture Fund. The fund will provide the capital and tools to fuel the growth of seed-, early- and growth-stage security companies focused on developing innovative cloud-delivered capabilities for the Palo Alto Networks Application Framework.
Together, we seek to help entrepreneurs and developers rapidly develop and deliver compelling value to our tens of thousands of customers.
The Palo Alto Networks Venture Fund is designed to catalyze growth for seed-, early- and growth-stage companies at a critical point in their development. Ideal investments will provide novel security capabilities that leverage the framework’s suite of cloud APIs, services, compute and native access to customer-specific data stores.
From experience, we know young technology companies require funding and guidance to fuel growth. The fund will help us apply our deep security expertise, history of disruption, and over a decade of experience to identify and assist the next generation of cybersecurity leaders. Teaming with Greylock Partners and Sequoia Capital further enables entrepreneurs to unlock additional funding, mentorship and visibility within a competitive funding market.
Security vendors can focus on developing high-value security functionality, instead of developing the infrastructure and data stores necessary to effectively deliver their applications and establish a foothold in the market. The Palo Alto Networks Venture Fund and Application Framework will help companies craft innovative technology that solves the most important security use cases facing the market today, providing them with
Access to an install-base of nearly 45,000 Palo Alto Networks customers without having to develop, sell and deploy hardware in customer networks.
Leverage our massive customer-specific data store to tune your machine learning, threat intelligence or other application logic to provide unique value to a security-focused customer set.
Take advantage of a unique cloud-delivered consumption model and native access to the customer-specific data store to accelerate the delivery of innovations to the market.
To be considered, organizations should submit a one-page executive summary for review via the below form:
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From idea to IPO and beyond, the Sequoia team helps a small number of daring founders build legendary companies. We spur them to push the boundaries of what’s possible. In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from our unmatched network and the lessons we’ve learned over 45 years working with Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, John Morgridge, Jerry Yang, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko and Jack Dorsey, among many others. In aggregate, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ’s total value. We’re proud that their success also fuels great causes. The vast majority of money we invest is on behalf of non-profits and schools like the Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic and MIT, which means that the returns generated from the incredible achievements of founders can make a massive difference.
Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-defining consumer and enterprise software companies. Greylock invests in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera (NYSE:CLDR), Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn, Nextdoor, Okta (NASDAQ: OKTA), Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).