VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS

A short list of the top Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

Silicon Valley has the highest concentration of venture capital firms and investment funds than any other region in the world (Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto and South Park in San Francisco in particular are known locally as high ground for VCs). The VCs vary in their focus of investments, in both stage and industry. We have listed only the top Silicon Valley venture capital firms, but there are many, many more.

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Andreessen Horowitz

Industries: Consumer products and services, software. Andreessen Horowitz backs bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big, and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology. Founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, the firm provides entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights in innovation, executive and technical talent, market intelligence, policy and regulatory affairs, business development, and marketing and brand-building.

Khosla Ventures

Software. Khosla Ventures provides venture assistance and strategic advice to entrepreneurs working on breakthrough technologies. The firm was founded in 2004 by Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. With over four billion dollars under management, the firm focuses on a broad range of areas including consumer, enterprise, education, advertising, financial services, semiconductors, health, big data, agriculture/food, sustainable energy and robotics. Khosla Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif.

Accel Partners

Accel is a leading early and growth-stage venture capital firm, powering a global community of entrepreneurs. Accel backs entrepreneurs who have what it takes to build a world-class, category-defining business. Founded in 1983, Accel brings more than three decades of experience building and supporting hundreds of companies. Accel’s vision for entrepreneurship and business enables it to identify and invest in the companies that will be responsible for the growth of next-generation industries. Accel invest in communications and networking, consumer durables, healthcare technology systems, media, software.

New Enterprise Associates

As one of the world’s largest and most active venture capital firms, nea has developed deep domain expertise and insight into our industries of focus. we channel that knowledge into every technology and healthcare investment we make — at any stage, in any location, around the globe. Communications and networking, energy services, exploration, production and refining, healthcare devices and supplies, IT services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, software

Sequoia Capital

The Sequoia team helps a small number of daring founders build legendary companies. We spur them to push the boundaries of what’s possible. In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from our unmatched community and the lessons we’ve learned over 40 years working with Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, John Morgridge, Jerry Yang, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko and Jack Dorsey, among many others. Sequoia Capital invest in commercial services, communications and networking, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, restaurants, hotels and leisure, semiconductors, software.

Venrock

Venrock helps entrepreneurs build some of the world’s most disruptive, successful companies. We partner with entrepreneurs who have grand ambitions – who want to tackle big, hard problems that most think not possible. Our collaboration – engagement, network, passion and experience – gives entrepreneurs the unfair advantage needed to win, and win big. Venrock invest in communications and networking, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, software.

First Round Capital

First Round is a seed-stage venture firm focused on building a vibrant community of technology entrepreneurs and companies, including Uber, Square and Warby Parker. Through custom-built software, incredible in-person experiences, and a host of other unique services, First Round helps tiny companies get big while constantly reimagining the role of venture capital.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) is a well known Silicon Valley venture capital firm, due in large part to their past success. They were early investors in many significant companies, including Amazon, AOL, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Google, Intuit, Macromedia, Netscape, Segway, and Sun Microsystems. Commercial services, computer hardware, healthcare devices and supplies, media, financial services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, software.

Founders Fund

Founders Fund was formed in 2005 and has raised five funds to date with more than $2 billion in aggregate capital under management. The firm has historically invested in a wide variety of sectors, including aerospace, artificial intelligence, advanced computing, energy, health, and consumer Internet.

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on accelerating disruptive innovations and trends in the Enterprise and Consumer sectors. Over the past two decades, the Lightspeed team has backed and helped build more than 200 companies globally, many of which have become market leaders. The Firm currently manages over $3 billion of committed capital and is currently investing out of Lightspeed X, a $635 million fund and Lightspeed Select, a $430 million fund. Our team invests in the U.S. and internationally, with investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley and Israel as well as in India with Lightspeed India Partners and China with Lightspeed China Partners.

Redpoint Ventures

Since 1999, the Redpoint team has been partnering with visionary founders at early stages to create new markets or redefine existing ones. Redpoint team have invested in trailblazers that include 2U, HomeAway, Heroku, Netflix, Nextdoor, PureStorage, Stripe, Twilio, TiVo, and Zendesk. Our entrepreneur-in-residence program has incubated industry-transforming companies and technologies like Android, Acompli, Jaunt, and Zimbra.

Greylock Partners

Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).

Formation 8

Formation 8 is a venture capital firm that provides financial and strategic capital to early growth smart enterprise and energy technology companies. They support entrepreneurs who seek to transform the most important global industries by solving hard problems with technology solutions. Partnership is in their DNA. Formation 8 value trusted relationships with entrepreneurs, investors, and strategic partners through their global network.

SherpaVentures

Sherpa Capital is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that supports the most promising emerging technology-enabled companies, helping them become global brands beloved by their customers.

Institutional Venture Partners

VP was founded by Reid Dennis in 1980. IVP was one of the first venture firms on Sand Hill Road, and Reid put IVP on the map by raising the first IVP fund, a $22 million venture capital fund. Over thirty years later, the firm continues to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs to create market leaders for the future. IVP recently raised IVP XV, a $1.4 billion later-stage venture capital and growth equity fund, and manages $5.4 billion in committed capital.

True Ventures

True was born in 2005 out of a simple vision: create a new kind of venture capital firm that focuses on supporting the earliest stage Founders and their teams. We believe in building community, taking bold risks, and supporting our companies throughout their entire lifecycles.

Menlo Ventures

Menlo Ventures is a venture capital firm providing capital for seed through growth technology companies in the consumer and enterprise sectors. Its market-driven research analysis has led to the identification of and successful exits in innovative technology markets. The firm has worked in several research areas of investment, including mobile, enterprise storage, communications, and consumer.

Benchmark Capital

Benchmark invests in and works alongside entrepreneurs building startups into transformational companies. They focus on early-stage venture investing in mobile, marketplaces, social, and infrastructure and enterprise software. Founded in 1995, the firm has offices in Woodside and San Francisco, California.

Crunchfund

CrunchFund is an early stage venture capital firm founded by Michael Arrington, Patrick Gallagher, and MG Siegler. The fund invests in and works with information technology companies at any stage but is primarily focused on seed and early stage investments.
The firm raised its inaugural $20 million fund in September of 2011. Investors

Canaan Partners

Canaan Partners is a global venture capital firm that invests in people with visionary ideas. The kind that not only result in new and valuable technology, but game-changing healthcare startups as well. We were early investors in some of the world’s leading technology companies, including PrimeSense, SuccessFactors and Lending Club and healthcare stars like Cerexa, Chimerix and Advanced BioHealing.

Sofinnova Ventures

Since 1974, Sofinnova Ventures has partnered with entrepreneurs to secure initial funding, build successful management teams, form impactful corporate alliances, win key customers, and navigate acquisitions and IPOs. With $1 billion under management, our firm applies capital and expertise to guide start-up companies to successful exits.

Interwest Partners

InterWest Partners invests in some of the world’s most promising early stage IT and healthcare businesses. For over 35 years InterWest Partners has partnered with entrepreneurs to build winning companies. With more than 200 years of operating and investing experience, InterWest has raised $2.8 billion, completed 85 IPOs, and participated in over 80 upside acquisitions. InterWest is currently investing in InterWest X, a $650M fund. In 2014, InterWest made 20 new investments and managed more than 100 active investments.

Slow Ventures

Slow champions the belief that the long-term approach produces better results for everyone. We believe in giving great founders the resources, connections, and experiences they need to build strong, sustainable companies over time. Slow invests in entrepreneurs and inventors central to the technology industry and those who are leading on the edges of science, society, and culture.

Felicis Ventures

At Felicis Ventures we back the world’s iconic companies of today and tomorrow. We have a passion for product and out-of-the-box thinking. We solve problems and dominate critical markets. We focus on 5 key areas – mobile, e-commerce, enterprise, education and health – and on what we believe to be new groundbreaking technologies, such as 3D imaging, bio informatics, and connected devices.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson

DFJ helps entrepreneurs trailblaze new markets and build iconic companies. DFJ works with companies in seed, early, and growth stages. DFJ invest in sectors like Consumer applications & Services, Enterprise Infrastructure & Apps, and Disruptive technology.

Norwest Venture Partners

Norwest Venture Partners are a global, multi-stage venture capital and growth equity investment firm. We manage approximately $6 billion in capital and have funded more than 575 companies since inception. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Norwest has subsidiaries in San Francisco, New York, Mumbai and Bengaluru, India and Herzelia, Israel.

5AM Ventures

5AM Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on building next-generation life science companies capable of delivering outstanding returns to our investors. We support companies solving important healthcare needs via cutting-edge breakthroughs in medicine and science. Our portfolio companies spearhead novel approaches to diagnose, prevent and treat a wide range of medical conditions.

GGV Capital

GGV Capital was founded with the unique idea to have a single team operating in both China and the U.S. These two locations give our team a truly global perspective. The culmination of this is 15 years of experience identifying the next big trends in tech, internet, mobile, hardware, cloud and SaaS in the world’s two largest tech markets.

Social+Capital Partnership

At Social Capital, our mission is to transform society by using technology to solve the world’s hardest problems. We do this by utilizing our people and capital to help bring the most promising and disruptive ideas worldwide for maximum impact.

AME Cloud Ventures

AME Cloud Ventures focuses on seed to later stage companies building infrastructure and value chains around data. We love technology heavy companies gathering or creating unique data at every stage of the data stack — from infrastructure all the way to applications, mobile, and sensors.

DCM

DCM Ventures is a venture capital firm with over $2.8 billion under management. Since 1996, we have invested in more than 280 technology companies across the U.S. and Asia. With offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Tokyo, DCM Ventures empowers our entrepreneurs with hands-on operational guidance and a global network of business and financial resources.

Harrison Metal Capital

Harrison Metal Capital is a venture capital firm specializing in seed capital and early stage investments. The firm invests in technology driven businesses with a focus on software and services for consumers, developers and businesses. Harrison Metal Capital was founded in 2008.

Shasta Ventures

Shasta Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on companies in the consumer Internet, mobile and software sectors. Shasta was formed in 2004 to back brilliant entrepreneurs with an unwavering commitment to the customer experience. Located in Menlo Park, California, Shasta Ventures has $725 million dollars under management across three funds. Shasta Ventures has backed startups including Apptio, Lithium, Mint, Nest, Smule, Spiceworks, TaskRabbit, Turn, Zenprise and Zuora.

Data Collective

Data Collective is a venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurs building Big Data companies. Data Collective’s strong network, operational experience and technical background delivers unique value to entrepreneurs. We still read code. We understand chip architecture and how to build racks. We’ve run Hadoop jobs ourselves and built VM farms. And we will be there at 3 am to cheer the new build or at 7 am to help land that new customer.

Foundation Capital

Foundation Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to the proposition that one entrepreneur’s idea, with the right support, can become a business that changes the world. The company is made up of former entrepreneurs who set out to create the firm they wanted as founders. This forward-thinking team of VCs has helped companies like Lending Club change the way money is lent and borrowed, Sunrun reinvent the residential clean energy market, and Netflix revolutionize media distribution and consumption, among many others.

Crosslink Capital

Crosslink Capital is a leading stage-independent venture capital and growth equity firm with roughly $1.6 billion in assets. Crosslink, which traces its roots back to 1989, was among the first and largest investment firms in the U.S. to integrate public and private growth/technology investing in three families of funds: venture capital funds, long/short hedge funds, and a unique hybrid crossover fund. This strategy allows Crosslink to partner with its portfolio companies on a long-term basis.

e.ventures

e.ventures is a global venture capital platform with an investment focus on early-stage consumer internet and mobile companies. The firm invests out of funds in five geographies, namely e.ventures US, e.ventures Europe, e.ventures Russia, Infinity e.ventures, and Redpoint e.ventures. Its client base is comprised of many companies, including Angie’s List , Groupon, Delicious, Sonos, Sapato, and Nginx. The firm’s team has been investing in Internet companies for more than 17 years and operates as one team by combining a global investment strategy and philosophy with local presence and insights.

Matrix Partners

Since its inception in 1977, Matrix Partners has had the privilege to partner with hundreds of innovators. We have been fortunate to play an active role in the development of many successful businesses, 50 of which went on to initial public offerings, and 75 of which have gone on to profitable M&A events.

Trinity Ventures

Founded in 1986, Trinity Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to partnering with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures believes in personal engagement, mutual respect and goal alignment with the entrepreneurs. Trinity focuses on early stage and seed technology investments with particular emphasis on social commerce and entertainment, digital media, Saas, and cloud and infrastructure.

FLOODGATE Fund

FLOODGATE is a venture capital firm specializing in investments in seed/start-ups and early stage ventures. The firm will no longer invest in Austin companies that operate “on-demand” services. The firm seeks to invest in technology related sectors with a focus on new media, software, e-commerce, security and big data. It prefers to invest in companies located in either the San Francisco Bay Area. The firm typically invests between $0.15 million and $1 million. It prefers to invest alongside other experienced private investors or top-tier venture firms. FLOODGATE was founded in 2006.

Forerunner Ventures

Forerunner Ventures is an early-stage VC firm dedicated to partnering with ambitious entrepreneurs who are meeting the challenges and opportunities of today’s rapidly evolving digital commerce landscape. The Forerunner team uniquely pairs deep domain expertise and an understanding of consumer behaviors, brand building and product, to successfully identify leaders and participate in their efforts to build meaningful companies.

Garage Technology Venture

GARAGE TECHNOLOGY VENTURES is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund. We invest in entrepreneurial teams seeking to transform big ideas into game-changing companies. Software, services, clean technology, and material sciences (not life sciences)

Collaborative Fund

Collaborative Fund is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in startups, seed, growth capital, and early stage investments in Fintech Sector. The firm targets companies focused on cities using technology and networks, money, consumer products and services, kids, media, family development, social and cultural development, and wellness and children’s education, development, health, food, and nutrition. It also prefers to invest in consumer goods sector like clothing, personal care, and products and services focused on sustainability and safety and retail industry. It seeks to invest in West Coast. It invests between $0.5 million and $3 million. Collaborative Fund was founded in 2010 and is based in New York, New York, with additional office in San Francisco, California.

Artiman

Artiman is an early stage, sector-agnostic venture fund with offices in Silicon Valley and Bangalore. We are seeking to invest in entrepreneurs building white space companies that have the potential to create or disrupt multi-billion dollar markets. As former entrepreneurs, we bring empathy, curiosity, passion, experience, and (occasionally) patience to the table. As investors, we bring capital plus access to a network that reflects the diversity of the firm and our portfolio.

Azure Capital Partners

Founded in 2000, Azure is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750 million under management. We have served as trusted advisors to some of the most successful and important technology companies created in the last 20 years, including VMware (NYSE: VMW), Bill Me Later (acquired by PayPal), Calix (NYSE: CALX), Cyan (NYSE: CYNI, acquired by Ciena), Top Tier (acquired by SAP), TripIt (acquired by Concur) and World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena), and have helped to generate billions of dollars of value in these companies for our entrepreneurs and investors.

Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm that partners with passionate entrepreneurs to innovate and build successful technology companies. We specialize in leading Seed and Series A rounds collaborating with angel investors, other venture capital firms and strategic partners. We are active investors and board members – operating as an extension of the entrepreneurs’ network. We invest in the best teams, solving the biggest problems in technology hot spots around the world. Our typical initial investments range from $500,000 to $5 million with additional amounts reserved for follow-on funding.

Sierra Ventures

Since 1982, Sierra has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world begin and grow successful technology companies. Our passion is finding the right combination of innovative technology and talented entrepreneurs, and guiding them with expertise and capital to help companies grow and deliver on their promise. Together with our vast network of successful entrepreneurs, Fortune 1000 CIOs, operational executives and deep domain experts across many areas, let us help you build the next great technology company.

Thomvest Ventures

Thomvest is a $250mm venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. We invest in companies that range from early stage companies to those seeking growth equity rounds of financing. We are heavily focused on three particular areas: advertising technology, financial technology, and security. Our vertical market focus is also backed by the research we do in each of these areas, some of which you can see on our blog. In addition to our focus on specific markets, a major difference between our fund and many others is that we are investing the capital of one individual, Peter Thomson, whose family owns the majority of Thomson Reuters. Peter started Thomvest in 1996 and has invested in more than 50 private companies since that time.

Avanta Ventures

As the venture capital arm of CSAA Insurance Group, Avanta Ventures invests deep industry expertise, resources, and financial support to create products and services that offer extraordinary value to the AAA Members of today—and those of tomorrow. As an affiliate of CSAA Insurance Group, Avanta Ventures is aligned with one of the top personal lines property and casualty insurance underwriters in the United States, and part of the AAA ecosystem that serves over 53 million members.

Avanta Ventures is committed to transforming how AAA Members manage their risks, and providing new solutions to life’s uncertainties.

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