Our Story

Founded in the mid 1970s by Art Berliner and soon followed by George Sarlo, the name "Walden" was inspired by the book of the same name by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. He mused on the importance of focus, single mindedness and being a contrarian. We embrace these values and seek to challenge the status quo, "hearing a different drummer" and attaining "success unexpected in common hours". Walden has a long history of delivering top quartile returns to its investors, building deep value for founders and management teams while delivering joy to end users in the consumer or enterprise markets.  Walden is actively investing $100+ million Fund VIII which closed to new investors at the end of 2014.  

In the mid 1980's the Partners co-founded Walden International to focus on investing in the booming Asian market.  In the mid 1990's Walden co-founded Walden Israel, recognizing the engineering and entrepreneurial talent.  Both of these firms spun out before 2000 with their own partnership and capital.  

Managing Directors, Larry Marcus, Art Berliner and Matt Miller and Venture Partners Bill McDonagh and George Sarlo have been investing together since 2002.   

 

 The inspiration for the name of the firm was from the Book  Walden, or Life In The Woods , by Henry D. Thoreau

The inspiration for the name of the firm was from the Book Walden, or Life In The Woods, by Henry D. Thoreau