Trinity Ventures Welcomes Two Associates

MENLO PARK, Calif., July 29, 2013 – Trinity Ventures, a leading venture capital firm investing in early stage technology and Internet companies, today announced that Phil Carter and Matt Goldstein have joined the firm as Associates. Both Associates bring technology, startup and business experience and are recent graduates of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Prior to joining Trinity Ventures, Phil led early business development efforts as one of the first employees at Wheelz, a venture-backed peer-to-peer car sharing startup that was ultimately acquired by Relay Rides. Previously, Phil worked at Bain & Company, where he consulted for enterprises in the energy industry and worked on due diligence efforts for multiple top-tier private equity firms across the technology, auto, insurance, and retail sectors. Phil joins the consumer team at Trinity, focusing on investments across mobile, commerce and digital media.

“I’m excited to be joining Trinity’s collaborative, high-energy team,” says Carter, “Having recently worked at an early-stage startup, I appreciate the value that good VCs bring as mentors and advisors.  It is a privilege to work at a firm with a long track record of success and a commitment to standing by its entrepreneurs.”

Matt also worked in the automotive sector as an early employee of Next Autoworks, a venture-backed startup in San Diego. Prior to Next Auto, Matt worked with Accenture, advising clients in the insurance and telecommunications sectors on CRM technology and strategy. He was responsible for major CRM system implementations at two of the nation’s largest health insurers, and built proprietary ETL platforms for the first hosted sales incentive compensation systems in the industry.  Matt joins the enterprise team at Trinity, focusing on investments across software-as-a-service, mobile, and backend technologies.

“Venture is the most intellectually stimulating and personally gratifying job I could ask for and the team at Trinity are the most genuine, helpful people in the industry,” says Goldstein, “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to help passionate entrepreneurs build successful enterprise startups.”

General Partner Ajay Chopra says, “We are thrilled to welcome Phil Carter and Matt Goldstein to the Trinity Ventures team. They are extremely sharp individuals with dynamic start-up experience and expertise. Earlier this year we began investing Trinity Fund XI, and the addition of Phil and Matt deepens our consumer and enterprise benches for sourcing and diligence, as well as strengthens our ability to support our new investments!”

About Trinity Ventures

Trinity Ventures is a top-tier venture capital firm combining business insight, practical expertise and a personal touch to help start-ups win big. For over eleven funds, Trinity has helped passionate entrepreneurs with breakthrough ideas transform markets and lives. Trinity’s investment team takes a collaborative approach and believes in personal engagement, mutual respect and goal alignment to deliver out-sized returns to entrepreneurs and investors. The firm invests in early stage technology companies with emphases on Cloud, Digital Media, Social Commerce and Entertainment, and Software as a Service.

Trinity Ventures has invested in such leading companies as 21Vianet (VNET), Act-On Software, Affinity Labs (acquired by, Aruba Networks (ARUN), Bix (acquired by Yahoo!: YHOO), Blue Nile (NILE),, Crescendo Communications (acquired by Cisco: CSCO), Extreme Networks (EXTR), Forte Software (FRTE), Infoblox, IntruVert Networks (acquired by Network Associates: NWK), KIXEYE, LoopNet (LOOP), Maxpoint, Modulus Video (acquired by Motorola: MOT), Network Alchemy (acquired by Nokia: NOK), New Relic, Photobucket (acquired by News Corporation: NWS), SciQuest, ServiceMax, Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies: AKAM), Starbucks (SBUX), Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec: SYMC), Tube Mogul, Wall Data (WALL), and Zulily.