History

nea started more than 30 years ago with a big idea: to create an enduring venture capital firm that would help exceptional entrepreneurs to build transformational businesses.

Our founders believed that successful long-term investors must be nimble, able to select best-of-breed deals and allocate capital in the right place and at the right time. They believed in rolling up their sleeves to help entrepreneurs build successful companies.

In 1977, this meant founding the industry’s first truly bi-coastal firm, enabling NEA to find the best opportunities at the source of innovation, whether east or west coast, and to build a vast network of resources and expertise.

from 16 million to 2.6 billion

For more than 30 years, we’ve helped build great companies. Our first investment fund had only $16 million of capital. Now, as the world’s largest venture capital firm, we have more than $13 billion in committed capital across 14 funds, including a $2.6 billion fourteenth fund closed in 2012.

funding businesses that transform everyday life

Across our portfolio, visionary entrepreneurs are at the helm of current and future industry leaders, fueling the development of technologies that will keep the U.S. at the forefront of innovation. Some of the most successful business leaders in each of these industries have joined forces with NEA as Venture Partners, bringing tremendous sector insight and deep networks.