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Gary Little, Partner

Gary Little is a Partner at Canvas. He led the firm’s investments in Folloze, Kinetica, Platform9 and Totango, and is on the board of Viewics. He focuses on innovative software and services investments. Twice in the past five years, Gary has been named to the Forbes Midas List which seeks to identify the venture capitalists that were instrumental in creating the most impactful and valuable companies of tomorrow.

Gary joined Morgenthaler Ventures in 1997 and continues to serve on the boards of Morgenthaler portfolio companies, including Adara, Evernote and MuleSoft. He also led the investment in NexTag and PeopleMatter. Gary serves, or served, as a board observer of Lending Club, Practice Fusion and Sonatype.

Previously, Gary held several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific division (China, Japan, Asia, Latin America, Canada). Prior to his time at Apple, Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing (including a posting in Hong Kong), and as Group Manager of Industry Marketing. Before Sun, he held sales and marketing positions at IBM. Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In the News

6/29/2017 | Fortune
This Hot Database Startup Just Snagged $50 Million in Funding

6/28/2017 | VentureBeat
Platform9 raises $22 million to help enterprises manage hybrid clouds

3/16/2017 | Forbes
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9/29/2016 | Vator News
Folloze Welcomed to Canvas Portfolio – New Series A

9/26/2016 | Press Release
Canvas Ventures Raises $300M Fund to Invest in Software & Services Startups

5/19/2015 | The Wall Street Journal - Venture Capital Dispatch
MuleSoft Announces New Funding and $1.5 Billion Valuation

3/27/2015 | Forbes
Canvas Named #1 “VC Firm to Watch” Midas List

2/10/2015 | The Wall Street Journal
H-P to Buy Security Technology Provider Voltage Security

10/9/2014 | Market Wired
MuleSoft Continues Strong Momentum, Reports Record Q3 Performance

3/1/2014 | Venture Capital Journal
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Harvard University (MBA), University of California, Los Angeles (BSEE)

Active Investments

  • Folloze
  • Kinetica
  • Platform9
  • Totango
  • Adara Media (Morgenthaler Ventures)
  • Evernote (Morgenthaler Ventures)
  • MuleSoft (Morgenthaler Ventures)
  • Sonatype (Morgenthaler Ventures)

Past Investments

  • Jaspersoft
  • KnowledgeNest
  • Netli
  • NexTag
  • PeopleMatter
  • Rhythm NewMedia
  • TimesTen
  • Voltage Security
  • All past investments were made while serving as partner at Morgenthaler Ventures