Intel Capital is an investment firm that is focused on mergers, acquisitions, and equity investments related to tech startups. The company invests in a broad range of companies that offers hardware, software, and services targeting the enterprise, mobility, consumer internet, digital media, and semiconductor manufacturing sectors. The company focuses on helping entrepreneurs scale from startups to global corporations. It leverages its technology expertise, brand capital, and access to a global network via its business development programs helping entrepreneurs achieve success. Since its inception, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,373 companies in 56 countries. In that timeframe, 207 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 354 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2013, Intel Capital invested US$333 million in 146 investments with approximately 49 percent of funds invested outside North America. Intel Capital was founded in 1991 and is based in Santa Clara, California, United States.