Dell Ventures

Dell Ventures
Our vision
As a newly private company, Dell is now the world’s largest startup, and we understand what it takes to grow from an inspired idea to a success story. As you begin the same journey, Dell Ventures is here to support you every step of the way.

Dell Ventures was created with the goal of investing in and supporting new businesses that align with Dell’s expertise and strategic direction. We collaborate with cutting-edge entrepreneurs and investors who share our vision in the following technology areas: 
Our vision
  • Cloud
  • Next-generation data center
  • Big data
  • Storage
  • Mobile
  • Security
By investing in these areas, Dell seeks to team with the best and brightest visionaries in the technology areas we know best, and to help them achieve their potential. 
Our approach

By partnering with other top VC firms (and strategic investors), and by taking either a leadership or advisory role, Dell Ventures has the flexibility to deliver exactly the support you need, where and how you need it.

We invest in early- to growth-stage companies in our targeted areas and function as strategic investors and board advisors. We typically invest $2 million to $5 million into a round, with flexibility to invest $15 million or more. We prefer to co-invest with other VC firms, and can lead investment rounds when appropriate. We’re showing our commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation with the Dell Strategic Innovation Venture Fund, offering a capital commitment of $300 million.

Our approach
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    Dell Ventures—Mobilizing Early Stage Innovation: an Interview with Jim Lussier


    Jim Lussier describes Dell Ventures approach in an interview with Pund-IT

Our advantage

Dell Ventures offers capital, but it also brings comprehensive market knowledge, deep technical expertise and strong financial know-how and resources to help young companies succeed.

In addition to being an investor, Dell Ventures is your advocate and your partner. We serve as your advocate to business units within Dell, and to partners and customers in the market as appropriate. We offer a true partnership, leveraging Dell’s extensive resources and 20 years of industry experience to move your business forward.

  • Market expertise: Dell’s global brand identity, customer access and go-to-market partnerships are unique assets that can provide high visibility and added market confidence in your endeavors. your business forward. 
  • Technical expertise: Dell has a long history of technology development and innovation, and our investment partners will have access to the leading hardware and software platforms available from Dell..
  • Financial expertise: Dell Ventures offers the stability of a strong balance sheet and cash flow, providing your enterprise with the support of a Fortune 100 company. When the time comes, we can also help plan a path toward exit, including IPO or strategic M&A opportunities.
Our advantage
Our portfolio
The Dell Ventures portfolio includes dozens of companies that span our focus areas. For strategic reasons, we do not publicize many of our investments, but here are a few of the innovative companies we’ve supported.  
Hyperconverged solution that simplifies enterprise datacenter infrastructure
Endpoint security company that applies artificial intelligence to predictively identify and stop cyber attacks.
DocuSign DocuSign
The global standard for digital transaction management
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Scale-out storage that is affordable and easy to use
Formation Data SystemsFormation Data Systems
Helping IT organizations realize transformative benefits from modern storage technology
Invincea Invincea
Innovator in advanced malware threat detection, breach prevention, and forensic threat intelligence
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Best-in-class advanced malware defense platform
Provider of OpenStack cloud and open source application infrastructure
Nexenta Nexenta
A global leader in Software-Defined Strorage 
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Provider of enterprise solid-state technology
IPO in 2011
Provider of high-efficiency servers
Acquired by AMD in 2012
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Our team

The Dell Ventures team is comprised of investment and business development experts within Dell, offering years of experience in guiding technology companies through investment, growth and long-term success.
Dell Ventures team
jim lussierJim Lussier

Managing Director, Head of Dell Ventures
dave baumDave Baum

Investment Manager
David KuoDavid Kuo

Investment Associate
Corporate Development leaders
michael guptanMichael Guptan

Managing Director, Head of Software Acquisitions and Investments
alfonso calderonAlfonso Calderon

Director, Head of Enterprise Solutions and End-User Computing Acquisitions and Investments