Pietro Dova

Pietro Dova
Pietro Dova, Founder, XG Ventures

Pietro Dova is known for being Google’s Finance Director and Corporate Controller from 2001 to 2007 and being a big part of the company’s IPO in 2004. In 2008. Dova left Google to partner with Andrea Zurek, another former Google executive, to found early-stage VC firm XG Ventures and invest in the IT, and e-commerce fields.

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About Pietro Dova

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Pietro Dova first attended college at Imperial College London, before receiving his master’s degree in Management from MIT in 1987. He is now an angel investor, and a founding partner at XG Ventures, which stands for X-Google Ventures, located in Silicon Valley.

Remarkable Investments

While Pietro Dova has several personal investments, his major market contributions have come through his work at XG Ventures. Through 14 years in business, the firm has over 115 investments, and almost 30 exits.

  • Carta – Over $1 billion raised, recently acquired investment platform Vauban.
  •  Aardvark – Social search engine, raised $6 million over four years before being acquired by Google.
  • Code Signal – Technical interview solution with $87.5 million raised over three rounds.
  • Wish – E-commerce shopping app with $1.1 billion raised before opening. The company’s 2020 valuation at IPO was $14.1 billion.

Pietro Dova in the News

In July of 2022, XG Ventures portfolio company Carta, a fintech startup from San Francisco, acquired Vauban, a British investment platform. Over 10 rounds, Carta has now raised more than $1 billion and with the addition of Vauban, the company plans to provide even more angels and VC firms with investment tools across an integrated platform.

A Fortune.com article in mid-2014 referenced Pietro Dova and XG Ventures co-founder Andrea Zurek while discussing the then-current whereabouts of the Google IPO team. A WSJ article published in the same year addressed how Dova and Zurek use lessons learned at Google to assist XG Ventures. In 2013, XG Ventures was found to be one of the top feeder firms for Forbes Midas List investors’ firms. 

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