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Gary Little, General Partner

Gary Little is a General Partner at Canvas. He led the firm’s investments in Folloze, Kinetica, Platform9 and Totango, and is on the board of Viewics. He focuses on innovative software and services investments. Twice in the past five years, Gary has been named to the Forbes Midas List which seeks to identify the venture capitalists that were instrumental in creating the most impactful and valuable companies of tomorrow.

Gary joined Morgenthaler Ventures in 1997 and continues to serve on the boards of Morgenthaler portfolio companies, including Adara, Evernote and MuleSoft. He also led the investment in NexTag and PeopleMatter. Gary serves, or served, as a board observer of Lending Club, Practice Fusion and Sonatype.

Previously, Gary held several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific division (China, Japan, Asia, Latin America, Canada). Prior to his time at Apple, Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing (including a posting in Hong Kong), and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Before Sun, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Functionize raises $16 million to automate software testing with AI

Functionize, a San Jose, California-based startup developing a cloud-based platform that autonomously susses out software bugs, today announced that it has raised $16 million in series A financing contributed by Canvas Ventures.
Published in VentureBeat/by admin

Roche to Acquire Viewics

Roche today announced an agreement with Viewics, Inc., a privately held software company focused on laboratory business analytics. Under the agreement, Roche is acquiring all shares of the company. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close on November 21, 2017. This acquisition allows Roche to expand its leading position in the Integrated Core Lab with business analytics capabilities, enabling laboratories to make faster data-driven informed decisions on their operations and processes.
Published in HIT Consultant/by admin

This Hot Database Startup Just Snagged $50 Million in Funding

Kinetica, a startup that builds databases that harness fast graphical processing chips to perform everyday business applications, now has $50 million in new funding. The $50 million in Series A funding was led by Canvas Ventures and Meritech Capital Partners, with contributions from new investor Citi Ventures and existing backer Ray Lane of GreatPoint Ventures.
Published in Fortune/by admin

Platform9 raises $22 million to help enterprises manage hybrid clouds

Platform9, a startup that helps companies manage their cloud software deployments across on-premises data centers and the public cloud, announced today that it raised a $22 million series C round of funding. Canvas Ventures led the round, which also included participation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Redpoint Ventures, and Menlo Ventures.
Published in VentureBeat/by admin

The 3 Tech Buzzwords Every CEO Should Know

If you’re a CEO and sometimes think your technical team speaks a different language, you’re not alone. My world is saturated with tech jargon because I am a venture capitalist who reviews and meets with hundreds of tech startups every month. But which buzzwords are the most important for a CEO to understand?
Published in Forbes/by admin

Folloze Welcomed to Canvas Portfolio – New Series A

Canvas Partner Gary Little led the Series A investment in Folloze and joins the board. Learn more about this innovative "account-based marketing" (ABM) sales platform.
Published in Vator News/by Ching Wu

Canvas Ventures Raises $300M Fund to Invest in Software & Services Startups

Canvas Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, today announced that it has closed a new $300M fund called "Canvas Ventures 2.”  The firm’s previous fund was capitalized at $175M in August 2013.
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MuleSoft Announces New Funding and $1.5 Billion Valuation

Last year, MuleSoft Inc. Chief Executive Greg Schott told Dow Jones VentureWire that by the end of 2014, the software company would have enough revenue growth to go public and would decide then whether it was the right time.

Last week, Mr. Schott said it isn’t time.

Instead, MuleSoft, whose software automatically integrates disparate data, applications and application programming interfaces so they can all work together, raised another $128 million at a valuation of $1.5 billion from at least a dozen corporate, public market and venture capital investors.
Published in The Wall Street Journal - Venture Capital Dispatch/by admin

Canvas Named #1 "VC Firm to Watch" Midas List

Canvas arrived in 2013 as a spin-out of Morgenthaler Ventures, starting with a $175 million fund focused on early-stage investing in the financial technology (fintech), online marketplace, new enterprise, and digital health sectors. Canvas is managed by three Morgenthaler VCs, Rebecca Lynn (#23), Gary Little, and Gary Morgenthaler, and fourth partner Paul Hsiao (previously with New Enterprise Associates). Following her nomination in 2013 to the Midas Brink List, Lynn came in strong for her first Midas appearance with investments in Lending Club (IPO 2014) along with the still-private Evernote (valued over $1.0 billion) and digital health services provider Practice Fusion. Canvas Venture Fund is a new VC firm – started by a tight-knit team of VC veterans – and given Lynn’s notable showing on the Midas List, is clearly off to an impressive start.

Published in Forbes/by Ching Wu

H-P to Buy Security Technology Provider Voltage Security

Hewlett-Packard Co. agreed to buy Voltage Security in a deal aimed at enhancing the company’s security product offerings.
Published in The Wall Street Journal/by Ching Wu

MuleSoft Continues Strong Momentum, Reports Record Q3 Performance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2014) - MuleSoft, the company that makes it easy to connect applications, data and devices, today announced record results for its fiscal 2014 Q3 quarter, more than doubling new subscription bookings from the year-ago quarter. Cloud, mobility and the Internet of Things are fueling a massive integration opportunity, driving customer demand for MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform™ to connect disparate systems and technologies with a unified platform.
Published in Market Wired/by Ching Wu

VCs Can Pivot Too

Venture firms embark on radical strategic shifts to boost performance, stay funded - Venture investors regularly encourage portfolio companies to consider the benefits of a well-timed pivot. So perhaps it shouldn't be surprising to see many VCs taking their own advice.
Published in Venture Capital Journal/by admin
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Harvard University (MBA), University of California, Los Angeles (BSEE)

Active Investments

  • Folloze
  • Functionize
  • Kinetica
  • Platform9
  • Totango
  • Adara Media (Morgenthaler Ventures)
  • Evernote (Morgenthaler Ventures)
  • MuleSoft (Morgenthaler Ventures)
  • Sonatype (Morgenthaler Ventures)

Past Investments

  • Jaspersoft
  • KnowledgeNest
  • Netli
  • NexTag
  • PeopleMatter
  • Rhythm NewMedia
  • TimesTen
  • Voltage Security
  • All past investments were made while serving as partner at Morgenthaler Ventures