Harris & Harris Group
our approach

In addition to our general experience in venture capital, we have specific scientific, business, financial, intellectual property and start-up experience that benefits our portfolio companies and co-investors.


Our growing portfolio now consists of some 25 companies focused exclusively on tiny technology innovations. As an active investor, we maintain close relations with the management teams of our companies, thus learning about emerging technology and market trends as well as key industry developments and pain points. Our knowledge of where to find needed technical, manufacturing and intellectual property for our portfolio companies is one of our competitive advantages. We readily share Harris & Harris Group’s Rolodex with our portfolio companies, helping them identify and recruit executives, engineering talent and experienced independent boards of directors.

The five members of our deal team have between us three Ph.D. degrees with specific training in nanotechnology, three M.B.A. degrees and one master's degree in economics. We have specific technical expertise in intellectual property, as well as scientific expertise in materials science, solid-state physics and physical chemistry. We also have first-hand experience in implementing, and compliance with, Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.


Harris & Harris Group has co-invested with many venture capital as well as strategic (corporate) investors. For example, we have co-invested with:


3i Group Duff Ackerman & Goodrich Polaris Venture Partners
Accel Partners El Dorado Ventures Prism Venture Partners
Alafi Capital EnerTech Capital Prolog Ventures
Alloy Ventures Fidelity Biosciences Proquest
Alta Partners First Analysis Prospect Venture Partners
Apax Partners Flagship Ventures Redshift Ventures
ARCH Venture Partners GF Private Equity Rho Ventures
ATA Ventures Globespan Capital Partners RiverVest
Atlas Ventures Headland Ventures Rockport Capital Partners
Aurora Ventures Highland Capital Partners Roda Group
Avalon Ventures In-Q-Tel Rothschild Ventures
Battery Ventures Insitutional Venture Partners RWI Group
Bay Partners Jerusalem Venture Partners Sevin Rosen Funds
Bessemer Venture Partners JPMorgan Partners Sigvion Capital
Burrill & Company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Star Ventures
California Technology Ventures Lux Capital StarTech Early Ventures
CB Health Ventures Masters Capital Stata Venture Partners
Charles River Ventures Morgenthaler Technology Partners
Charter Life Sciences NanoStart Techxas Ventures
CW Group New Enterprise Associates Trelys Venture Partners
Cycad Group NGEN Partners Triathlon Venture Partners
DCM - Doll Capital Management Noro-Moseley Partners Trinity Ventures
Delphi Ventures Nth Power US Trust
DFJ Gotham Oak Investment Partners Venrock Associates
DFJ New England OneLiberty Ventures Whitney & Co.
Draper Fisher Jurvetson Oxford Bioscience Partners


AirProducts Genentech Motorola
Applied Materials H.B. Fuller Micron
Bayer Intel Mitsui
Brewer Science Kodak Mitsubishi
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing KLA-Tencor Philips
DuPont Lam Research Tokyo Electron (TEL)
Dai-Nippon LSI Logic Zeiss


Most of our portfolio companies have their roots in universities and government research labs. We have helped spin out companies from Harvard, MIT and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and supported spin-offs from UC Berkeley, Princeton, UCLA, UCSB, UT Austin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, etc. Our team members have prior work experience in technology commercialization offices, and we actively assist our portfolio companies with negotiations of favorable licensing agreements.


Remaining focused in making tiny technology investments, we have worked with major chemical, electronics and semiconductor companies. Our active Rolodex includes Dow Chemical, DuPont, AirProducts, Rohm & Haas, ATMI, Sumitomo Chemical, Mitsui Chemical, BASF, Degussa, Eastman Chemical, Eastman Kodak and Bayer Specialty Materials. We have made introductions for our portfolio companies to a wide range of industrial and semiconductor companies, including Intel, IBM, Micron, Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba, NEC, NTT, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, SANYO, Motorola, Raytheon, Honeywell, Boeing, International Rectifier, Cabot, Cargill, ChevronTexaco, BMW, Infineon, KLA-Tencor, Tokyo Electron and ASML.

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