Mayfield is a venture capital firm that specializes in technology sector investing. The company primarily invests in communications, consumer and enterprise software companies, such as Mendocino Software, webMethods and SanDisk. Mayfield works with entrepreneurs to facilitate its investment strategy, which centers on incubations, seed and early-stage opportunities. Since its inception in 1969, Mayfield has raised more than 10 funds and made more than 450-plus investments. The firm has also taken more than 150 companies public and executed mergers and acquisitions for hundreds more. Mayfield, based in Menlo Park, Calif., also has a network of contacts in academia, such as Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.