Toba Capital

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Toba Capital
Type Private
Founded Newport Beach, California, United States (2012)
Founder Vinny Smith
Headquarters Newport Beach, CA
Key people
Vinny Smith, Partner
Products Venture capital for software and technology services startup companies
Number of employees

Toba Capital is a venture capital firm based in Newport Beach, California with an office in San Francisco. It was founded in late 2012 by Vinny Smith, former CEO of Quest Software. The company makes seed- and late-round investments in software and technology services companies. [1] It is the largest venture capital firm in Orange County, with US$1.3 billion invested in about 36 companies as of February 2020. [2]



Toba Capital was founded in late 2012 by software executive and venture capitalist Vinny Smith, using some of the US$850 million in funds he reportedly received from the sale of his share of Quest Software to Dell. [3] The company name comes from the Toba Eruption, a volcanic supereruption theorized to have caused a global winter that supposedly caused a genetic bottleneck in humans. [4] The company chose a stylized volcano for its logo. [4]

In its first year, the company reportedly invested about US$150 million in start up software companies. [4]

In 2013, Dell Computer sold its stake in SaaS archiving company Smarsh to Toba Capital. [5]

In February 2015, the company invested US$4 million in Irvine based True Drinks, Inc. a manufacturer of zero sugar flavored water products. [6] In August, Toba Capital partnered with Information technology company Pacific Controls to invest US$20M in open source technology provider WSO2. [7] In November, the company invested US$10M in healthcare startup PatientPop. [8] In December, the company joined tech investor Peter Thiel in a second round of funding for London-based freelance technology platform developer Lystable. [9]

In July 2016, the company invested in Provo, Utah-based software maker, reportedly Toba's first investment outside of California. [10] [11] In September 2016, the company was part of a US$100 million funding round for agriculture startup Indigo Agriculture, reported at the time to be the largest private equity deal in the growing agriculture technology business sector. [12]

In March 2017, one of Toba's holdings, software company Alteryx, went public, and as of August 2018 had a market capitalization of US$2.6 billion. [1] In May, the company also exited its position in Codenvy, a developer of the Eclipse Che development platform, by selling to Linux developer RedHat for undisclosed terms. [13]

In February 2018, the company invested US$16M in reporting and analytics dashboard software developer, and closed a US$5.2M series B funding round with information security company Infocyte. [14] [15] In June, the company announced a US$30M investment in contracts analytics firm Seal Software. [16] In August, Toba Capital led a US$6.4M funding round for convenience store analytics provider Skupos. [17] In November, Toba co-led (along with fellow investment firm Index Ventures) a $27M series B round for salon software platform Boulevard. [18]


As of February 2020, the company reportedly had US$1.3 billion invested in about 36 companies. [2] In its history, Toba sold stakes in 17 investments, and participated in three IPOs. [2]

Investments as of December 2019 include Conversica, Deliveroo, FloQast, Paxata, Quorum, Robinhood, Sauce Labs, ShiftMobility, StellaService, Strivacity, Transifex, and WSO2.[ citation needed ] [19]

Prior investments include Alteryx, [20] Bright, [21] ClearSlide, [19] Cloudant, [22] Codenvy, JasperSoft, MobileIron, [19] SecureAuth, [20] and SmartBear. [19]

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