20 Years of Ideas

Founded in 1996, Idealab is the longest running technology incubator. We have created over 150 companies with more than 40 IPOs and acquisitions.

Great Ideas. Great Companies.

We believe that entrepreneurship can unlock human potential and make the world a better place. We look for big problems in the world that have technology solutions and test many ideas in parallel. When one shows great promise, we recruit a great team, spin it off into a company, and help them grow a successful business.
Idealab founder Bill Gross speaks at TED 2015
Bill's talk on the single biggest reason why startups succeed
2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
Bill speaks about regulation designed to foster technology-driven growth
Bill kicks off Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford
An informative and inspiring talk on innovation and starting companies
Bill Gates' blog goes behind the scenes at Idealab
A look at what it takes to bring ground-breaking companies to market

IPO and M&A Activity

IPO 1999; Acquired 2003 by Yahoo!
IPO in 1998; Acquired in 2003 by IAC
IPO in 2007; Acquired in 2010 by Hellman & Friedman
Acquired in 2004 by Google
Acquired in 2012 by iRobot
IPO in 1999; Merged in 2001 with Juno Online
Acquired in 2013 by Target
Merged in 2006 with The Knot
IPO in 1999
Acquired in 2001 by VeriSign
Acquired in 2014 by Taboola
Acquired in 2002 by PetSmart
IPO in 1998; Acquired in 1999 by Compaq
Acquired in 2010 by Datalogic
Acquired in 2011 by First Solar
IPO in 1999
Acquired in 2007 by CitySearch/IAC
Acquired in 2008 by Suntech Power
Acquired in 2009 by 3D Systems
Acquired in 2003 by ValueClick
Acquired in 2000 by eMachines; IPO in 2000
Acquired in 2001 by eBay
Acquired in 2008 by TNS
Acquired in 2008 by Aruba Networks
Acquired in 2005 by WebEx
Acquired in 2012 by SolarReserve
Acquired in 1998 by NetShepard
Acquired in 2015 by Twilio
Acquired in 2008 by Trapeze Networks
Acquired in 2001 by AOL
Idealab Team

Create companies with us

Successful companies start with a great idea, good business plan, and impeccable timing, but they also begin with an excellent team.


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