The Vulcan Approach

Vulcan Capital is the multi-billion dollar investment arm of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen. We are not limited by traditional deal structures, asset classes or holding periods. Instead we take an entrepreneur-friendly approach and can invest in both private and public companies with a long term investment horizon. We have no defined limits on investment size but generally target investments of $10 million to $100 million or more, as well as select smaller venture investments. Vulcan Capital was formed in 2003 and is headquartered in Seattle with an additional office in Palo Alto.


Visionary Leadership
Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Vulcan Capital takes an entrepreneur-friendly, long term approach to investing
Unique Insight
Vulcan Capital helps our portfolio companies expand geographies, recruit top talent, streamline operations, structure key strategic partnerships and prepare for a merger or IPO
Multi-Stage Approach
Vulcan Capital is not limited by traditional deal structures or holding periods. We have the flexibility to be a long term partner who can support extended holding periods
Global Reach
Vulcan Capital is connected worldwide and is focused on partnering with category-leading companies on a global basis
Flexibility
Vulcan Capital has no defined limits on size or structure, but generally targets direct equity investments of $10 million to $100 million, as well as select smaller venture investments
Philanthropic Impact
Our investing goals mirror Vulcan Inc.’s interest in supporting ventures that have a positive impact on lives and communities. Moreover, the returns that Vulcan Capital generate help fund the many philanthropic initiatives of our founder Paul Allen