A History of Success

Technology

Our Technology Team has a long history of working with entrepreneurs who defy convention, radically changing business models and technology in the process.

In our own portfolio, we watched marketplaces evolve from CommerceOne to LendingClub. We saw dating go from Match (the first paid subscription service) to Zoosk, where big data and the social graph were added to the love potion. And we saw Madison Avenue change with the first internet ad network with DoubleClick to the largest video ad network with Tremor Video. Our team loves collaborating with those driven to create the future or dramatically improve how something is done today.

  • Adv & Mktg
  • Big Data / Cloud
  • Consumer
  • Enterprise / SaaS
  • FinTech

Healthcare

Working with entrepreneurs who are driven to impact medicine puts us in our zone. Whether they're looking for new ways to treat disease, inventing new medical devices, or seeking to improve outcomes in clinical care, they inspire us to do our very best. Which is why we've made it our business to know exactly the best way to help them.

We can open doors with corporates, find management talent, and collaborate on how to attract investor syndicates. Plus, we can support start-ups through the regulatory and clinical hurdles.

It's this kind of expertise that has enabled us to back some of the most successful ventures in healthcare, including Advanced BioHealing, BiPar Sciences, and Elevation Pharmaceuticals.

  • Biopharma
  • Digital Health
  • MedTech

India

Beginning in the year 2000, we began investing in early-stage companies in India. Not too long afterward, in 2006, our determination enabled us to set up shop in Delhi.

Today, we have a team comprised entirely of former entrepreneurs: Alok Mittal, Rahul Khanna, and Nishant Verman. Along with their extensive experience and strong ties in the Silicon Valley, they share a strong desire to contribute to India's thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, which we believe is unlike any other in the world.

That's why we've invested nearly $200M in over a dozen startups, including BharatMatrimony, UnitedLex, and Loylty Rewardz. Team India focuses on the Consumer Internet, Enterprise and Managed Services, Mobility, Payments/ Financial Services, and Health IT sectors.

Israel

After nearly a decade of investing experience in Israel, we called in some muscle. We asked our former CEO of Business Layers, Izhar Shay, to team up with entrepreneur Gil Canaani to represent us there. And their hard work and dedication is definitely paying off. Since 2006, our Team Israel has led investments in early-stage high tech startups, including such companies as PrimeSense, LiveU and N-trig. All while focusing on the SaaS/Enterprise, Mobile Computing, and Internet Infrastructure sectors.

Izhar and Gil created Startup Stadium, an online community of more than 25,000 people that's designed to connect all of Israel's entrepreneurs. It allows them to share ideas and foster technical innovation.

Investing Information

Canaan Partners is currently focused on seed and early-stage Technology and Healthcare startups that are based in the US, India, and Israel. To determine whether an investment fits within our guidelines, we invite you to submit a presentation, executive summary or business plan via email. We also encourage you to check out our Pitchbook. It will tell you exactly the kind information we look for when evaluating prospective deals.