We Care About Payments
Boku was born out of a desire to create a frictionless payment system allowing a mobile phone number to be used as a safe and secure payment instrument. In 2009, we partnered with mobile operators around the world to enable their subscribers to purchase virtual goods simply using their mobile number. Within 2 years, we grew to become the largest global mobile payments network servicing 66 countries through more than 240 carrier partners, connected to merchants such as Facebook, Disney, EA, and Zynga.
Our team strives to push the future of payments by partnering with carriers globally, ushering in a new era of mobile-enhanced payments in e-commerce and at physical point-of-sale.
Our management team consists of serial entrepreneurs with expertise in web, security, mobile, and financial services. They have held executive roles for Amazon, AT&T, Apple, Bank of America, GE, Google, mBlox, and Paypal.
Boku is honored to be backed by top Silicon Valley VCs.
Andreessen Horowitz was established in July 2009 by entrepreneurs and engineers Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz based on their vision for a new, modern VC firm created to support today’s technology-focused entrepreneurs through angel investments to large scale funding. Andreessen and Horowitz have a track record of investing in, building and scaling highly successful businesses. Andreessen Horowitz is based on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California.
Benchmark Capital, a leading venture capital firm, was founded in 1995 to help talented entrepreneurs with original ideas build successful technology companies. Benchmark’s general partners take a team-oriented, labor-intensive approach to venture investing to deliver a superior level of service to the firm’s portfolio companies. Benchmark’s portfolio includes high-profile start-ups like Infinera, MySQL, OpenTable, PureDigital, Second Life, Tellme, Twitter, Yelp, and Zillow, and franchise companies such as eBay, Juniper Networks and Red Hat. The firm manages nearly $2.8 billion in committed venture capital.
DAG Ventures is a venture capital partnership investing in and helping outstanding entrepreneurs create leading, long-term companies across a range of markets. With roots from the 1980s in cable TV, infrastructure, media, and wireless industries, the partnership today is privileged to work with world-class entrepreneurs as they build tomorrow’s leaders in the information technology, energy, and life science sectors.
Index Ventures is a leading European venture capital firm active in technology venture investing since 1996. The firm is dedicated to helping top entrepreneurial teams in the Information Technology, Clean Technology, and Life Science sectors build their companies into market defining global leaders. The firm has offices in Geneva, London, and Jersey and focuses on investments from seed through growth stage companies.
Khosla Ventures offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs. The firm helps entrepreneurs extend the potential of their ideas in breakthrough scientific work in clean technology areas such as solar, battery, high efficiency engines, lighting, greener materials like cement, glass and bio-refineries for energy and bioplastics, and other environmentally friendly technologies as well as traditional venture areas like the Internet, computing, mobile and silicon technology arenas. Vinod Khosla founded the firm in 2004 and was formerly a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins and founder of Sun Microsystems. Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, California.
Across three key domains—information technology, healthcare and energy technology—NEA applies its company-building expertise, vast network of resources and strong capital base to help our portfolio companies become leaders in their respective markets. While the majority of our investments focus on companies in the early stages of development, a significant portion of our capital is directed toward venture growth equity opportunities. These are later-stage companies where the amount of capital invested far exceeds what is considered ‘traditional’ venture capital, but other characteristics of the investment, such as the company-building opportunity and assumed risk, are consistent with the typical venture capital investment profile.