David Cheriton Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Investments
  • 9

  • Portfolio
  • 5

  • Exits
  • 4


David Cheriton General Information


Mr. David Cheriton is an Angel Investor. In 2014, Cheriton's firm OptumSoft made the unusual move of suing Arista Networks, a computer networking firm he had cofounded, shortly after the company's IPO. He and his partner invested $100,000 each in Google when it was just getting started; they also co-founded Granite Systems (acquired by Cisco in 1996) and Kealia (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2004). Cheriton is an Angel Investor in several tech companies. He also serves as Chief Data Center Scientist at Juniper Networks. He has more than 40 years of experience in software, distributed systems, and networking, including over 35 years as a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He has founded several companies in the networking space, seed-funded several significant companies including Google, VMware, and Arista, and served as chief scientist and technical advisor in several companies. Before Juniper, he was co-founder, chief scientist, and CEO of Apstra, which was acquired by Juniper.

Business Details

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • United States

David Cheriton Investments (9)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Caspar AI 21-Jun-2021 Early Stage VC 0000 Other Healthcare Technology Systems Generating Revenue 00000 00000000
Material Security 20-Aug-2018 00000 00000 0000 Network Management Software Generating Revenue
Otter.ai 20-Nov-2017 00000 00000 0000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 00000 00000000
Banihal 22-Jun-2015 00000 (00000 00000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 00000 00000000
Yubico 24-Nov-2014 00000 (00000 Network Management Software Generating Revenue 00000 00000000
Parastructure 01-Mar-2013 0000 00000 00.00 Application Software Startup 00000 00000000
AltoBeam Microelectronics 14-May-2012 00000 00000 000 Application Specific Semiconductors Generating Revenue 00000 00000000
Zunavision 11-Feb-2009 Angel (individual) Media and Information Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 00000 00000000
Alphabet 04-Sep-1998 Angel (individual) 00000 Holding Companies Profitable 00000 00000000

David Cheriton Exits (4)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Yubico 20-Sep-2023 Reverse Merger 00000
Banihal 01-Jan-2023 000000000 00000000
Parastructure 17-Jun-2014 Merger/Acquisition
Alphabet 19-Aug-2004 IPO 00.000

David Cheriton Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

Investments by Industry

Investments by Year

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David Cheriton Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
David Cheriton Angel Investor 0 Palo Alto, CA

David Cheriton Co-Investors (21)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Firebolt Ventures 1 0 Series chart Industry bar
Ronald Conway 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
SV Angel 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
XSeed Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar

David Cheriton FAQs

  • Who is David Cheriton?

    David Cheriton is an angel Investor who has made 9 investments.

  • What kind of investor is David Cheriton?

    David Cheriton is an angel investor.

  • What does David Cheriton do?

    As an angel investor, David Cheriton invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • What has David Cheriton invested in?

    David Cheriton has made numerous investments in companies like Caspar AI, Material Security, and Otter.ai within the Healthcare Technology Systems, Network Management Software, and Business/Productivity Software industries.

  • What has David Cheriton invested in recently?

    David Cheriton's latest investment was on 21-Jun-2021 in Caspar AI, a company within the Healthcare Technology Systems industry.

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