Since 1970, Charles River Ventures has helped startups turn their ideas into real, viable businesses. Companies like Cascade, CIENA, ChipCom, NetGenesis, Parametric Technology, Sonus, Speechworks, Stratus Computer, Sybase, Vignette and dozens more have realized stunning success with the backing and support of Charles River Ventures.

In addition to having one of the longest resumes among venture capital firms, Charles River Ventures’ investment returns are consistently among the best in the industry. Turning an established market on its ear means winning a huge groundswell of support, especially from the people in the know. In this regard, Charles River Ventures offers its portfolio companies an asset worth more than money.

Matrix Partners

Matrix’s partners have had more than 200 years of experience as investors, entrepreneurs and executives, and a number have founded and/or run companies that went on to initial public offerings or successful acquisitions. Others have served as senior executives in the high-growth phases of corporations including eBay, PayPal, Intel and 3Com.

Matrix Partners has been a part of the creation and growth of many influential businesses, including Apple Computer, Alteon WebSystems, Cascade Communications, JBoss, Netezza, Office Club, SanDisk, Sonus, Starent Networks, Sycamore Networks, Tivoli Software, and Veritas Software.

Opus Capital

Opus Capital Ventures was formed by a team with a long history of successful investing and operating experience. Over the past two decades — starting with roots at Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners — Opus Capital has been involved in more than 80 successful outcomes, including 50 IPOs. Opus Capital’s investment team has played integral roles as investors in the early stages of many successful companies including Adaptec, Bridge Communications, DoubleClick, FedEx, Harmonic, Galileo, Informatica,, QED and Vantive.

Shasta Ventures

Shasta Ventures was formed expressly to help entrepreneurs build great companies. Our primary objective is to provide outstanding service to the companies in our portfolio. It means we have the time to work with early-stage companies because we serve on a limited number of boards. And it means we care about the companies we invest in—not only the businesses, but the people as well.