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Tola Capital raises $230M for third fund to help Seattle-area firm back enterprise software startups



The Tola Capital team. (Tola Photo)

Bellevue, Wash.-based investment firm Tola Capital raised $230 million for its third fund that will provide capital for 25-to-30 early stage startups focusing on AI and enterprise software.

Founded in 2010 by former Microsoft managers Sheila Gulati and Stacey Giard, Tola has invested in more than 20 companies to date, including Seattle-based Pulumi and others based across the country.

The firm has focused on companies in the cloud computing sector.

“The cloud was the catalyst for incredible value creation over the past decade,” Gulati, the firm’s managing director, said in a statement. “Having been at the forefront of that shift and opportunity, I foresee the same potential when it comes to AI, along with some key differences.”

Gulati, who helped launch Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and ran the database and developer tools businesses, said AI will have a “much broader impact” and happen in a “much faster timeframe.”

Sheila Gulati, co-founder and managing director of Tola Capital. (GeekWire File Photo)

Tola’s average check size for the third fund will range from $1-to-$4 million for seed-stage investments, and $5-to-$15 million for Series A and B investments. The fund has already backed startups such as Arcus, Holistic AI, and Zilla.

Tola has raised $688 million across its three funds and has more than a dozen exits in its portfolio, including video software startup Clipchamp (Microsoft), data management provider OSIsoft (AVEA), and e-commerce company Hybris (SAP).


Amid the venture capital slowdown, a number of Seattle-area firms have raised new funds, including Fuse, PSL Ventures, Ascend, Madrona Venture Labs, and the AI2 Incubator.

Source: Geek Wire

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