The Business

Dropcam radically simplified video monitoring so that anyone could set up a live video stream (from a baby's nursery to monitoring an office after hours), made accessible on the go via a smartphone and tablet application. Users routinely set up multiple cameras throughout a location, relying on in-app alerts to uncover suspicious activity. Dropcam’s cloud subscription services enabled easy replay and video storage.

The Partnership

Accel led the Series A in 2011 and participated in each subsequent funding round, with Sameer Gandhi joining the board. In 2014, the company was acquired by – and today operates within – Google's Nest Labs for $555 million.