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Matt Murphy

Partner

SaaS, Supply Chain and Automation, Cloud Infrastructure, Fintech

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Matt is a partner at Menlo Ventures and invests multi-stage across SaaS (AI-first, vertical apps, DevOps, API platforms) and robotics. Since joining Menlo in 2015, Matt has led investments in Airbase, Alloy.AI, Benchling, 6 River Systems (acquired by Shopify), Canvas, Clarifai, Carta, Envoy, Finch, FireHydrant, Harness, Heap Analytics, HOVER, Netlify, Observable, Relyance AI, Scout RFP (acquired by Workday), Sleuth, Usermind (acquired by Qualtrics), Veriflow (acquired by VMware), Vivun, and Zylo. He also serves as a board member at Egnyte and a board observer at Datastax.

Previously, Matt was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for over 15 years. In addition to Egnyte and Datastax, he was also an observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO), launched the iFund in ’08 (a collaborative initiative with Apple to build the defining iOS apps), sourced the firm’s investment in DocuSign, and led investments in Upstart (NASDAQ: UPST), Noom, Puppet (acquired by Perforce in 2022), SessionM (acquired by Mastercard in 2019), Drawbridge (acquired by LinkedIn in 2019), Shazam (acquired by Apple in 2018), AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco for $3.7B in 2017), Simplivity (acquired by HPE for $650M in 2017), PernixData (acquired by Nutanix in 2016), Shopkick (acquired by SK Planet 2014), Aerohive Networks (NASDAQ: HIVE, 2014), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010), and AutoNavi (NASDAQ: AMAP, 2010).

Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Matt worked at data networking startup Netboost (acquired by Intel), where he led product management; and, prior to that, at Sun Microsystems, where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a product line manager for networking platforms. Matt holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He serves as the vice chairman of the Stanford University Engineering Venture Fund and is co-chair of the computer science committee on the Board of Visitors at Duke University.

Matt is a partner at Menlo Ventures and invests multi-stage across SaaS (AI-first, vertical apps, DevOps, API platforms) and robotics. Since joining Menlo in 2015, Matt has led investments in Airbase, Alloy.AI, Benchling, 6 River Systems (acquired by Shopify), Canvas, Clarifai, Carta, Envoy, Finch, FireHydrant, Harness, Heap Analytics, HOVER, Netlify, Observable, Relyance AI, Scout RFP (acquired by Workday), Sleuth, Usermind (acquired by Qualtrics), Veriflow (acquired by VMware), Vivun, and Zylo. He also serves as a board member at Egnyte and a board observer at Datastax.

Previously, Matt was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for over 15 years. In addition to Egnyte and Datastax, he was also an observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO), launched the iFund in ’08 (a collaborative initiative with Apple to build the defining iOS apps), sourced the firm’s investment in DocuSign, and led investments in Upstart (NASDAQ: UPST), Noom, Puppet (acquired by Perforce in 2022), SessionM (acquired by Mastercard in 2019), Drawbridge (acquired by LinkedIn in 2019), Shazam (acquired by Apple in 2018), AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco for $3.7B in 2017), Simplivity (acquired by HPE for $650M in 2017), PernixData (acquired by Nutanix in 2016), Shopkick (acquired by SK Planet 2014), Aerohive Networks (NASDAQ: HIVE, 2014), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010), and AutoNavi (NASDAQ: AMAP, 2010).

Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Matt worked at data networking startup Netboost (acquired by Intel), where he led product management; and, prior to that, at Sun Microsystems, where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a product line manager for networking platforms. Matt holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He serves as the vice chairman of the Stanford University Engineering Venture Fund and is co-chair of the computer science committee on the Board of Visitors at Duke University.

Investments

Our Portfolio
6_riverAcquired by Shopify
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6river.com

6 River Systems is a fulfillment solutions provider making warehouses more efficient with autonomous mobile robots and AI.

Milestones
  • 2015 Founded
  • 2018 Partnered, Series B
  • 2019 Acquired by Shopify
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airbase.com

Airbase is a spend management platform for small and midsize companies. It automates accounting and operational workflows for a faster close, real-time reporting, and a consistent platform experience for all non-payroll spend.

Milestones
  • 2017 Founded
  • 2021 Partnered, Series B
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benchling
benchling
benchling.com

Benchling is a life sciences R&D cloud platform helping the next generation of scientists make breakthrough discoveries faster than ever before.

Milestones
  • 2012 Founded
  • 2019 Partnered, Series C
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canvas
canvas.build

Canvas is a construction robotics company that uses machine learning to install drywall at construction sites.

Milestones
  • 2017 Founded
  • 2021 Partnered, Series B
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carta.com

Carta is a software platform for founders, investors, and employees to manage cap tables, equity, and ownership.

Milestones
  • 2012 Founded
  • 2017 Partnered, Series C
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harness
harness
harness.io

Harness’ Continuous-Delivery-as-a-Service platform enables every software engineering team in the world to deliver code reliably, efficiently and quickly to their users.

Milestones
  • 2016 Founded
  • 2017 Partnered, Series A
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scoutAcquired by Workday
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workday.com

Scout RFP provides cloud-based strategic sourcing solutions that help companies streamline supplier selection, centralize data, and make more informed purchasing decisions, faster.

Milestones
  • 2013 Founded
  • 2017 Partnered, Series A
  • 2019 Acquired by Workday
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vivun
vivun
vivun.com

Hero by Vivun is the world’s first AI-powered platform for presales leadership, unleashing their strategic potential and creating a seamless interlock between sales and product.

Milestones
  • 2018 Founded
  • 2020 Partnered, Series B
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alloy.ai

Alloy is an intelligent supply and demand synchronization platform purpose-built for companies that make, move, and sell goods.

Milestones
  • 2016 Founded
  • 2018 Partnered, Series A
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Alloy
Alloy is an intelligent supply and demand synchronization platform purpose-built for companies that make, move, and sell goods.
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appdynamics.com

AppDynamics provides a full-stack application performance management (APM) and IT operations analytics (ITOA) platform.

Milestones
  • 2017 Acquired
AppDynamics
AppDynamics provides a full-stack application performance management (APM) and IT operations analytics (ITOA) platform.
Acquired by Cisco
mobile.amap.com

AutoNavi is a Chinese web mapping, navigation, and location-based services provider.

Milestones
  • 2010 IPO
AutoNavi
AutoNavi is a Chinese web mapping, navigation, and location-based services provider.
NASDAQ: AMAP
clarifai.com

Clarifai is an artificial intelligence company that excels in visual recognition, solving real-world problems for businesses and developers alike.

Milestones
  • 2013 Founded
  • 2016 Partnered, Series B
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Clarifai
Clarifai is an artificial intelligence company that excels in visual recognition, solving real-world problems for businesses and developers alike.
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datastax.com

DataStax is scale-out NoSQL built on Apache Cassandra™. Handle any workload with zero downtime, zero lock-in and at global scale.

Milestones
  • 2010 Founded
DataStax
DataStax is scale-out NoSQL built on Apache Cassandra™. Handle any workload with zero downtime, zero lock-in and at global scale.
docusign.com

DocuSign helps organizations connect and automate how they prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements.

Milestones
  • 2018 IPO
DocuSign
DocuSign helps organizations connect and automate how they prepare, sign, act on, and manage agreements.
NASDAQ: DOCU

Drawbridge used artificial intelligence to learn more about customers and target audiences.

Milestones
  • 2019 Acquired
Drawbridge
Drawbridge used artificial intelligence to learn more about customers and target audiences.
Acquired by LinkedIn
earli.com

Earli’s mission is to make cancer a benign experience, by catching and curing it early.

Milestones
  • 2018 Founded
  • 2021 Partnered, Series A
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Earli
Earli’s mission is to make cancer a benign experience, by catching and curing it early.
earli
egnyte.com

Egnyte provides secure enterprise file sharing, intelligent content services, and collaboration solutions.

Egnyte
Egnyte provides secure enterprise file sharing, intelligent content services, and collaboration solutions.
envoy.com

From visitors to meeting rooms, Envoy is redefining how people, places, and technology work together with desk booking, schedule sharing, health checks, and more.

Milestones
  • 2013 Founded
  • 2017 Partnered, Series B
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Envoy
From visitors to meeting rooms, Envoy is redefining how people, places, and technology work together with desk booking, schedule sharing, health checks, and more.
tryfinch.com

Finch allows applications to access data and make changes across payroll and HR systems through a single API.

Milestones
  • 2020 Founded
  • 2020 Partnered, SAFE note
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Finch
Finch allows applications to access data and make changes across payroll and HR systems through a single API.
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firehydrant.com

FireHydrant builds tools that modern operations teams are using to respond to complex problems in their globally distributed applications.

Milestones
  • 2018 Founded
  • 2020 Partnered, Series A
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FireHydrant
FireHydrant builds tools that modern operations teams are using to respond to complex problems in their globally distributed applications.
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heap.io

Heap is a digital insights platform that combines quantitative and qualitative analytics for a 360º degree view of your customer journey.

Milestones
  • 2013 Founded
  • 2016 Partnered, Series A
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Heap
Heap is a digital insights platform that combines quantitative and qualitative analytics for a 360º degree view of your customer journey.
hover.to

HOVER transforms smartphone photos of any property into an accurate, interactive 3D model, giving homeowners the power to unlock the true potential of their largest economic asset.

Milestones
  • 2011 Founded
  • 2019 Partnered, Series C
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HOVER
HOVER transforms smartphone photos of any property into an accurate, interactive 3D model, giving homeowners the power to unlock the true potential of their largest economic asset.
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netlify.com

Netlify is an all-in-one platform for automating modern web projects at global scale—without servers, devops, or costly infrastructure.

Milestones
  • 2014 Founded
  • 2020 Partnered, Series C
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Netlify
Netlify is an all-in-one platform for automating modern web projects at global scale—without servers, devops, or costly infrastructure.
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observablehq.com

Observable is a web-based platform for data visualization, exploration, socialization, publication and collaboration.

Milestones
  • 2016 Founded
  • 2021 Partnered, Series B
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Observable
Observable is a web-based platform for data visualization, exploration, socialization, publication and collaboration.
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nutanix.com

PernixData was a premier software platform for scale-out storage acceleration.

Milestones
  • 2012 Founded
  • 2014 Partnered, Series C
  • 2016 Acquired by Nutanix
PernixData
PernixData was a premier software platform for scale-out storage acceleration.
Acquired by Nutanix
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puppet.com

Puppet automates the delivery and operation of the software that powers some of the biggest brands in the world.

Milestones
  • 2022 Acquired
Puppet
Puppet automates the delivery and operation of the software that powers some of the biggest brands in the world.
Acquired by Perforce
relyance.ai

Relyance AI provides a complete privacy, data governance, and compliance solution to manage all operations seamlessly on a single, intuitive platform.

Milestones
  • 2020 Founded
  • 2021 Partnered, Series A
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Relyance AI
Relyance AI provides a complete privacy, data governance, and compliance solution to manage all operations seamlessly on a single, intuitive platform.
relyance
sessionm.com

SessionM’s customer engagement and loyalty platform empowers the world’s most innovative brands—including retailers, airlines, restaurants and CPG companies—to forge stronger and more profitable consumer relationships.

Milestones
  • 2019 Acquired
SessionM
SessionM’s customer engagement and loyalty platform empowers the world’s most innovative brands—including retailers, airlines, restaurants and CPG companies—to forge stronger and more profitable consumer relationships.
Acquired by Mastercard
shazam.com

Shazam is a smartphone app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows based on a short audio sample.

Milestones
  • 2018 Acquired
Shazam
Shazam is a smartphone app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows based on a short audio sample.
Acquired by Apple
shopkick.com

Shopkick is a shopping app that offers users rewards for shopping activities both online and in store, such as entering stores, scanning items, making purchases, and submitting receipts.

Milestones
  • 2014 Acquired
Shopkick
Shopkick is a shopping app that offers users rewards for shopping activities both online and in store, such as entering stores, scanning items, making purchases, and submitting receipts.
Acquired by SK Planet
hpe.com

SimpliVity provides a hyper-converged infrastructure that accelerates the deployment of resources and workloads.

Milestones
  • 2008 Founded
  • 2017 Acquired
SimpliVity
SimpliVity provides a hyper-converged infrastructure that accelerates the deployment of resources and workloads.
Acquired by Hewlett-Packard
upstart.com

Upstart is an AI lending platform that partners with banks and credit unions to provide consumer loans using non-traditional variables, such as education and employment, to predict creditworthiness.

Milestones
  • 2020 IPO
Upstart
Upstart is an AI lending platform that partners with banks and credit unions to provide consumer loans using non-traditional variables, such as education and employment, to predict creditworthiness.
NASDAQ: UPST
usermind.com

Usermind provides the first unified platform for automating and orchestrating business operations (BizOps). With Usermind, companies can define and automate all aspects of their customer lifecycles to improve revenue, retention, and profitability.

Milestones
  • 2013 Founded
  • 2015 Partnered, Series B
  • 2021 Acquired by Qualtrics
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Usermind
Usermind provides the first unified platform for automating and orchestrating business operations (BizOps). With Usermind, companies can define and automate all aspects of their customer lifecycles to improve revenue, retention, and profitability.
Acquired by Qualtrics
usermind
vmware.com

Veriflow brought formal verification to network infrastructure for the first time. Veriflow predicted outages before they impacted the business, and vulnerabilities before they were exploited, allowing IT teams to operate secure and resilient networks.

Milestones
  • 2013 Founded
  • 2016 Partnered, Series A
  • 2019 Acquired by VMware
Veriflow
Veriflow brought formal verification to network infrastructure for the first time. Veriflow predicted outages before they impacted the business, and vulnerabilities before they were exploited, allowing IT teams to operate secure and resilient networks.
Acquired by VMware
veriflow
zylo.com

Zylo is the enterprise SaaS management and optimization platform that unlocks the full potential of SaaS for buyers, suppliers, and users.

Milestones
  • 2016 Founded
  • 2019 Partnered, Series B
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Zylo
Zylo is the enterprise SaaS management and optimization platform that unlocks the full potential of SaaS for buyers, suppliers, and users.
zylo