This Statement applies to data collected by Mayfield Fund through our Website and services. This Statement governs information you provide to us, or that we learn from your use of our Website, and tells you how we may collect, use and, in some instances, share this information.
Information We Collect
In order to access some Mayfield Fund services, you will be asked to provide what is generally called "personal information" (such as your name, email address, social security number, tax identification number, company name and title/position). You may also be asked to provide questions and secret answers, which we use to help verify your identity and assist in resetting your password.
We may collect "tracking information" about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with Mayfield Fund sites and services. We also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring website addresses.
When you receive newsletters or promotional e-mail from Mayfield Fund, we may use web beacons, customized links or similar technologies to determine whether the e-mail has been opened and which links you clicked, in order to provide you with more focused e-mail communications or other information.
In order to offer you a more consistent and personalized experience in your interactions with Mayfield Fund, information collected through one Mayfield Fund service may be combined with information obtained through other Mayfield Fund services.
The Way We Use Information
Broadly speaking, we use personal and other information for purposes of conducting our business and investment activities, delivering newsletters to subscribers, delivering information to our investors, providing customer service and making available other products and services to the users of our Website. Additionally, we may use information that we collect from our users to understand their usage trends and preferences, to improve the way our Website works and looks, to improve our marketing and promotional efforts and to create new features and functionality.
Personal information collected via Mayfield Fund sites and services may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Mayfield Fund or its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using a Mayfield Fund site or service, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. Mayfield Fund abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the United States Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of data from the European Union.
Notwithstanding any provision of this Statement to the contrary, except as we have otherwise agreed in a binding written agreement, we reserve the right to use any information in any manner permitted or required by applicable law.
Sharing of Your Information
Except as otherwise noted in this Statement, we generally do not share personal information about our users with third parties unless we believe doing so is appropriate to carry out a user's request or we reasonably believe that doing so is legally required or is in our interest to protect our property or other legal rights or the rights or property of others.
We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as processing tracking information; providing customer support; hosting our Website; performing statistical analysis; helping us to understand usage patterns for certain content, services and/or the functionality of our Website; providing Website maintenance and security; offering certain features on our Website; assisting us in improving the way our Website works and looks; and creating new features. It is intended that those companies will be permitted to obtain only the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are generally required to maintain the confidentiality of the information and are generally prohibited from using it for any other purpose.
We do not plan to share user personal information with other, third-party organizations for their marketing or promotional use without your consent or except as part of a specific program or feature for which you will have the ability to opt-in. Mayfield Fund generally will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties.
Accessing Your Personal Information
You may have the ability to view or edit your personal information online. In order to help prevent your personal information from being viewed by others, you will be required to sign in with your credentials (user ID/name and password). The appropriate method(s) for accessing your personal information will depend on which sites or services you have used.
Security of Your Personal Information
Mayfield Fund is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. Nevertheless, no data transmitted over (or connected to) the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, therefore you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make reasonable efforts to ensure security on our systems. We use secure server software (SSL) and firewalls to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed by breach of such firewalls and secure server software.
A password is used to help protect personal information. It is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. If you are sharing a computer with anyone, you should always choose to log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your information from subsequent users.
If we learn of a security systems breach we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using our Website or providing personal information to us you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy and administrative issues relating to your use of this site. We may post a notice on our Website if a security breach occurs. If this happens, we may send an email to you at the email address you have provided to us in these circumstances. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive free written notice of a security breach (or to withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice), you should notify us at .
Consistent with the United States Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides their personal information to Mayfield Fund through our Website represents that they are 13 years of age or older.
Our Website uses "cookies" to gather general information about the browsing activities of visitors to our Website. This allows us to constantly improve the Website design by arranging the content in the most user-friendly manner and to continually meet the users' needs. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. (Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that cookies will not be accessed by other persons.)
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of Mayfield Fund sites and services that depend on cookies.
Use of Web Beacons
Mayfield Fund web pages may contain electronic images known as "web beacons" - sometimes called single-pixel gifs - that may be used to assist in delivering cookies on our sites and allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. We may include web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.
Mayfield Fund may also employ web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics and determine the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns. It is our policy to prohibit web beacons on our sites from being used by third parties to collect or access your personal information.
Other Web Sites Linked to Our Website
Some Mayfield Fund services may be co-branded and offered in conjunction with another company. If you register for or use such services, both Mayfield Fund and the other company may receive personal information collected in conjunction with the co-branded services.
We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to, or from, our Website nor the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our Website to other websites, this Statement does not apply to such other websites. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including a website which has a link on our Website, are subject to that other website's own rules and policies. Please read those rules and policies before proceeding.
Changes and Updates
We will occasionally update this Statement. When we do, we will also revise the "effective date" at the end of this Statement. We encourage you to periodically review this Statement to stay informed about how we are protecting and using the information we collect. Your continued use of our Website constitutes your agreement to this Statement and any updates.
If Mayfield Fund should ever sell its assets, merge with another entity or file for bankruptcy, information collected from our Website generally will be a Mayfield Fund asset and may be transferred.
International Visitors and Users
Our Website is hosted in the United States. If you are visiting from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from United States law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States which does not have the same data protection laws as the European Union. By providing your personal information you consent to the use of your personal information for the uses identified above in accordance with this Statement and the transfer of your personal information to the United States as indicated above.
Disclaimer Regarding Business Information
Do not submit any business information or other materials that you consider to be confidential or proprietary. Because of the large number of business plans and related materials that Mayfield Fund reviews, and the similarity of many such plans and materials, Mayfield Fund cannot accept responsibility for protecting against misuse or disclosure of any confidential or proprietary information or other materials in the absence of Mayfield Fund’s express written agreement to do so. Any plans, information and other materials you submit in connection with our Website may be used or disclosed by Mayfield Fund for any purpose and in any manner, as Mayfield Fund determines at its sole discretion.
Mayfield Fund welcomes your feedback regarding this Statement. If you have questions, comments or concerns about this Statement, please contact us by email at or by mail to the attention of Privacy Officer, Mayfield Fund, 2484 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025.
Effective Date: March 31, 2014M