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    Électricité de France

    Électricité de France

    Électricité de France S.A. (EDF; Electricity of France) is the second largest electric utility company in the world. Headquartered in Paris, France, with €65.2 billion in revenues in 2010, EDF operates a diverse portfolio of 120,000+ megawatts of generation capacity in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. EDF is the world's largest producer of electricity. In 2003, it produced 22% of the European Union's electricity, primarily from nuclear power: Its 58 active nuclear reactors (in France) are spread out over 20 sites (nuclear power plants). They comprise 34 reactors of 900 MWe, 20 reactors of 1300 MWe, and 4 reactors of 1450 MWe, all PWRs. EDF specialises in electricity, from engineering to distribution. The company's operations include the following: electricity generation and distribution; power plant design, construction and dismantling; energy trading; and transport. It is active in such power generation technologies as nuclear power, hydropower, marine energies, wind power, solar energy, biomass, geothermal energy and fossile-fired energy. The electricity network is composed of the following: The EDF head office is located along Avenue de
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    Shawn T. Carolan

    Shawn T. Carolan

    Shawn joined Menlo Ventures in 2002 and has focused primarily on connected software and services. He represents Menlo Ventures on the boards of CinemaNow, GalleryPlayer, IMVU, PlayPhone, TalkPlus and TeleNav, and is closely involved with the firm's investments in ePAC and MobiTV.
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    Bernard Arnault

    Bernard Arnault

    Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault, KBE (French: [bɛʁnaːʁ aʁno]) (born 5 March 1949) is a French business magnate and art collector. According to Forbes magazine, Arnault is the richest person in Europe and the 4th richest person in the world, with net worth of US$41 billion as of March 2012. He has also been named by Forbes as "the fashion person of 2011". Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault was born March 5, 1949, in Roubaix, France. His father Jean Leon Arnault was a manufacturer, owner of a civil engineering company, Ferret-Savinel. After graduating from the Maxence Van Der Meersch High School in Roubaix, Bernard Arnault was admitted to the École Polytechnique (X1969) from which he graduated with an engineering degree in 1971. Bernard Arnault has been married twice, and is the father of five children. As the director for LVMH, his daughter Delphine Arnault is actively involved in the management of the luxury group. His son Antoine Arnault is Head of Communications for Louis Vuitton. His second wife, Hélène Mercier, is a Canadian pianist from Quebec. The couple have three sons. His nephew Harry Seaman is also involved in LVMH, overseeing sales and he is currently researching in the
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    Bobby Yazdani

    Bobby Yazdani

    Bobby Yazdani is the driving force behind the Saba vision, products, and market direction. He founded Saba in 1997 and took the company public in 2000. Today, Saba, headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., is the leading provider of Human Capital Development and Management solutions.

    Among the Global 2000, Saba customers include Allianz Group, DaimlerChrysler, EDS, Procter & Gamble, Medtronic, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Company, Continental Airlines, Cisco Systems, EMC Corp., and VERITAS Software.

    In 2001, Yazdani was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Based on his leadership and vision, InformationWeek ranked Saba #27 on its Innovation 100 list and Computerworld named Saba to its list of 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2001.

    Yazdani is a frequent spokesperson at industry events held by such prestigious organizations as the United Nations and The Economist. He has written numerous technical and business papers including: "Human Capital Development and Management: The Next Generation of Virtual Integration Across the Extended Enterprise."

    Prior to founding Saba, Yazdani served as Senior Director at Oracle Corporation. Previously, he held various senior management positions leading the product development teams for Oracle Context and numerous generations of Oracle's core database products.

    Yazdani has a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

    7.67
    6 votes
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    Yossi Vardi

    Yossi Vardi

    Joseph (Yossi) Vardi (born 1942) (Hebrew: יוסי ורדי‎), is one of Israel's first high-tech entrepreneurs. For over 40 years he has founded and helped to build over 60 high-tech companies in a variety of fields, among them software, energy, Internet, mobile, electro-optics and water technology. Joseph Vardi was born in Tel Aviv. He studied at the Technion in Haifa, graduating with a B. Sc. in industrial management engineering. He went on to earn an M. Sc in Operations Research and a D. Sc. (his thesis received the Kennedy-Leigh Award). Vardi began his entrepreneurial career in 1969, at the age of 26, as co-founder and first CEO of TEKEM (Hebrew: טכ"מ‎) (In Hebrew – abbreviation of "Technologia Mitkademet". In English: ATL-Advanced Technology Ltd.), one of the first software houses in Israel (later sold to Tadiran and then absorbed into Ness Technologies). In 1970, he was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Development . He served as chairman of Israel Chemicals of Mifaley Tovala, of Harsit and Hol Zach, and a member of the board of Israel Electric Corporation, Dead Sea Works, Dead Sea Bromine, Dead Sea Periclase, Haifa Chemicals, Chemicals and Phosphates, and others. He
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    Doug Mackenzie

    Doug Mackenzie

    Doug Mackenzie joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1989 and became a Partner in 1992. Since joining KPCB, Doug has focused his investment activities in the software sector, including enterprise applications, entertainment and educational software, and internet applications, tools and services. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Safeway (public), as well as the following private companies: Devicescape Software, OnFiber, Scintera Networks, Trumba Corporation, and WeddingChannel (formerly Della.com). Previously, Doug had been either a Director of, or actively involved with KPCB's investments in: Pivotal Corporation (public), HomeGrocer.com (public, acquired by Webvan), Accept.com (acquired by Amazon.com), Collabra Software (acquired by Netscape), Crystal Dynamics (acquired by Eidos), Diamond Lane Communications (acquired by Nokia), Edmark (public, acquired by IBM), E.piphany (public, acquired by SSA CRM) Marimba (public, acquired by BMC Software), On Technology (public), Preview Travel (public), Shiva (public) and Visio Corporation (public, acquired by Microsoft). In addition, he serves as co-Chairman of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund, as a Board member of the Stanford Engineering Advisory Council, as an advisor to Pacific Community Ventures, as a Board member of Monterey Peninsula Foundation, as a Trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation (USSTF), and he as a faculty member of the Stanford School of Engineering.

    Doug holds a bachelor's in Economics and a master's in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from Harvard.
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    5 votes
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    U.S. Venture Partners

    U.S. Venture Partners

    U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) has helped build great companies for nearly three decades. Since its inception in 1981, USVP has invested more than $1.8 billion in over 350 companies. Throughout, USVP's partners have worked diligently and consistently with early-stage companies, many of which have become industry leaders. The USVP team consists of accomplished venture investors, former CEOs, senior executives and technology company founders that span four generations of high-technology venture investing. This engenders a perspective on business cycles, "hot" market trends, technology evolution and revolution that is not present among all early-stage investors. Together, we have more than 150 years of operating experience and 100 years of investment expertise. Founding partner Bill Bowes, who has 50 years of venture investment experience, was also the founder of Amgen, a $70 billion pharmaceutical company.
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    5 votes
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    Vulcan Capital

    Vulcan Capital

    About The Firm
    Vulcan Capital is a leading private investment firm that creates long-term value by applying extensive industry knowledge, operational expertise and flexible financial resources to attractive investment opportunities. The firm invests across all stages of corporate development through leveraged buyouts, growth capital, distressed/turnaround, and early-stage venture capital, as well as public equity value investing. The firm's portfolio spans a range of industry sectors, including media and communications, energy and natural resources, business and financial services, technology, life sciences and healthcare. Vulcan Capital was formed in 2003 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The firm serves as the investment arm of Vulcan Inc., the organization founded by Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Unique Investment Approach
    Vulcan Capital has generated extraordinary investment returns by taking a highly analytical and proactive approach across all stages of the investment process.
    • Investment Sourcing: The firm identifies proprietary opportunities by using its deep insight into industry sectors to identify companies with the best prospects for significant risk-adjusted returns.
    • Deal Execution: The firm values substance over form and therefore places no strict constraints on transaction structure, which allows the investment team to design the best structure for each investment opportunity.
    • Value Maximization: The firm's professionals use their operational and financial expertise to help management overcome strategic challenges, improve performance and create sustainable value.
    Unlike other investment firms, Vulcan Capital is not limited by traditional deal structures, asset classes or holding periods, and as a result, can invest in public and private companies through a wide range of securities with investment horizons from 2 to 10 or more years. The firm has no defined limits on transaction size but generally targets direct equity investments of $50 to $300 million or more, as well as select smaller venture investments. As part of a broader diversification strategy for Vulcan Inc., Vulcan Capital also forms general and limited partnerships with fund managers who invest outside the firm's primary areas of expertise. Exceptional Investment Team
    Vulcan Capital has more than twenty investment professionals, including former senior operators, strategic consultants, investment managers and corporate finance specialists. The firm and its portfolio companies benefit from Vulcan Capital's long-standing professional advisory relationships and its network of operating and strategic partners. Vulcan Capital is led by Lance Conn, President, and a team of six Managing Directors.
    7.50
    6 votes
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    Gannett Company

    Gannett Company

    Gannett Company, Inc. is a publicly traded media holding company headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, near McLean. It is the largest U.S. newspaper publisher as measured by total daily circulation. Its assets include the national newspaper USA Today and the weekly USA Weekend. Its largest non-national newspaper is The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona. Other significant newspapers include The Indianapolis Star, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Tennessean in Nashville, Tennessee, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, The Des Moines Register, the Detroit Free Press and The News-Press in Fort Myers. Gannett owns 23 television stations through Gannett Broadcasting Inc. and is the largest group owner of NBC-affiliated stations. Gannett also holds substantial properties in digital media including PointRoll, BNQT Media Group, Planet Discover, Ripple6 and ShopLocal through Gannett Digital. Gannett Company, Inc. was founded in 1923 by Frank Gannett in Rochester, New York as an outgrowth of a newspaper business he had begun in Elmira, New York in 1906. Gannett, who was known as a conservative, gained fame and fortune by purchasing small
    6.57
    7 votes
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    Fox Interactive Media

    Fox Interactive Media

    News Corporation's Digital Media Group (NDM), also known as News Corp. Digital Media and formerly Fox Interactive Media, oversees the Internet business operations of media giant News Corporation, and was formed to oversee News Corporation's new media acquisitions, including IGN Entertainment, and Photobucket. In 2006, Demand Media, a company run by Richard Rosenblatt, former CEO of Intermix Media and chairman of MySpace, purchased back all of the non-MySpace assets Intermix had sold to News Corporation. In October 2010, a major portion of the division - Fox Audience Network - was sold to ad technology firm the Rubicon Project.
    7.33
    6 votes
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    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies which have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking, as well as NLS, which was both the first hypertext system, and an important precursor to the contemporary ubiquitous graphical user interface. Its original name was simply Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), but it was renamed to "DARPA" (for Defense) in March 1972, then renamed "ARPA" again in February 1993, and then renamed "DARPA" again in March 1996. DARPA was established during 1958 (as ARPA) in response to the Soviet launching of Sputnik during 1957, with the mission of keeping U.S. military technology more sophisticated than that of the nation's potential enemies. From DARPA's own introduction, DARPA’s original mission, established in 1958, was to prevent technological surprise like the launch of Sputnik, which signaled that the Soviets had beaten the U.S. into space. The mission statement has evolved over time. Today, DARPA’s mission is
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    5 votes
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    Turner Broadcasting System

    Turner Broadcasting System

    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (often abbreviated TBS Networks, TBS, Inc. or simply Turner) is the Time Warner subsidiary managing the collection of cable networks and properties initiated or acquired by Robert Edward "Ted" Turner starting during the 1970s. The company has its headquarters in the CNN Center in Atlanta. TBS, Inc. merged with Time Warner on October 10, 1996, and now operates as a semi-autonomous unit of Time Warner. This is Time Warner's second experience with advertiser-supported cable broadcasting, after co-owning the Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment Company through Warner Communications before selling it to MTV Networks during 1987. The company's current assets include CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. The current chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting is Philip I. Kent. During 1970, Ted Turner, then owner of a successful Atlanta-based outdoor advertising company, purchased WJRJ-Atlanta, Channel 17, a small, struggling Ultra High Frequency station, and renamed it WTCG, for parent company Turner Communications Group. By careful programming acquisitions, Turner guided the station to success. During
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    6 votes
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    Joshua Schachter

    Joshua Schachter

    Joshua Schachter ( /ˈʃæktər/; born 1974) is the creator of Delicious, creator of GeoURL, and co-creator of Memepool. He has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Schachter released the first version of Delicious (then called del.icio.us) in September 2003. The service coined the term social bookmarking and featured tagging, a system he developed for organizing links suggested to Memepool and publishing some of them on his personal linkblog, Muxway. On March 29, 2005, Schachter announced he would work full-time on Delicious. On December 9, 2005, Yahoo! acquired Delicious for an undisclosed sum. According to Business 2.0, the acquisition was close to $30 million, with Schachter's share being worth approximately $15 million. Prior to working full-time on Delicious, Schachter was an analyst in Morgan Stanley's Equity Trading Lab. He created GeoURL in 2002 and ran it until 2004. In June 2008 Schachter announced his decision to leave Yahoo!. Techcrunch reported that the recent news coming out of Yahoo! about mass resignations of senior staff pressed his decision to leave. He worked for Google from January 2009 to June 2010. In 2006,
    8.00
    5 votes
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    Heller Ehrman

    Heller Ehrman

    Heller Ehrman LLP was an international law firm of more than 730 attorneys in 15 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Heller Ehrman was founded in San Francisco in 1890 and had additional offices located in most of the major financial centers around the world including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore. In September 2008, the firm encountered troubles after losing 15 intellectual property (IP) partners to Covington & Burling, which led to the collapse of merger talks with Mayer Brown on 14 September 2008. Including the above 15, a total of 50 partners had left the firm in 2008. One anonymous legal market expert said the exit of the IP partners could constitute a default in Heller’s line of credit with its bank, effectively triggering liquidation. On September 25, 2008, the firm confirmed its dissolution would occur on November 28, 2008. The firm filed a voluntary petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy for protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California on December 28, 2008. The firm's last Managing Partner was Matthew Larrabee, who was preceded by Barry Levin. Heller Ehrman had its
    6.83
    6 votes
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    BellSouth

    BellSouth

    BellSouth Corporation is an American telecommunications holding company based in Atlanta, Georgia. BellSouth was one of the seven original Regional Bell Operating Companies after the U.S. Department of Justice forced the American Telephone & Telegraph Company to divest itself of its regional telephone companies on January 1, 1984. In a merger announced on March 5, 2006 and executed on December 29, 2006, AT&T Inc. (originally Southwestern Bell) acquired BellSouth for approximately $86 billion (1.325 shares of AT&T for each share of BellSouth) The combined company retained the name AT&T. The merger consolidated ownership of Cingular Wireless and YELLOWPAGES.COM, both of which were joint ventures between BellSouth and AT&T. With the merger completed, wireless services previously offered by Cingular Wireless are now offered under the AT&T name. In addition, BellSouth has formally become AT&T South, its Bell Operating Company doing business as AT&T Southeast, and ceased doing business under the BellSouth name on June 30, 2007. BellSouth was the last of the Regional Bell Operating Companies to keep its original corporate name after the 1984 AT&T breakup, as well as the last one to retain
    7.80
    5 votes
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    Greg Waldorf

    Greg Waldorf

    Greg was the founding investor in eHarmony and as CEO he has overall responsibility for leading all aspects of eHarmony's business. He has been closely involved with the company since its inception in 2000, recruiting several members of the executive management team and contributing to many areas of the company's development and growth. Greg brings extensive experience working with high growth companies as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive.

    Greg holds a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been cited on matters relating to investing and technology in the New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, and BusinessWeek among other publications and he has made numerous broadcast appearances on CNBC. Greg's entrepreneurial endeavors include being a co-founder of Startup, an East Palo Alto non-profit that has provided business training for nearly 500 aspiring entrepreneurs in that community since 1994. Additionally, Greg is a founding member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board.
    9.00
    4 votes
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    Maveron

    Maveron

    In 1997, Dan Levitan, a managing director at Schroder Wertheim & Co., amazed Wall Street by walking away from his job. "I had a wonderful time as an investment banker," he says, "but in my heart of hearts, I knew I wanted to be more closely aligned with the entrepreneurs, who at the end of the day are the real heroes in any successful business." After giving notice, he set off to climb Mount Kilamanjaro. In the meantime he and Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, had become close friends. They met in 1991, when Dan was chosen to handle Starbucks' IPO -- Howard noticed that when he talked about Starbucks' vision and commitment to employees and customers, Dan understood. By 1993, the two men were investing together in consumer businesses; two years later, Howard began asking Dan to come west and start a company. He could tell that Dan "was very much being seduced by the Northwest," and in 1997 Dan moved to Seattle. Maveron was born in January 1998. Within six months, the company raised $75 million. Today, Maveron manages close to $600 million in committed capital from a broad range of sophisticated individuals and institutions. Maveron's name was coined from the words "maverick" and "vision." "Maverick" entered the American vocabulary courtesy of Sam Maverick, a 19th-century pioneer and statesman who lived in Texas. He won 300 head of cattle in a poker game, then broke with tradition by refusing to physically brand his herd. The result was that every steer on the range without a brand was known as a maverick. It was a bold move, and it took vision -- something we prize at Maveron. To us, vision means looking beyond convention to create a more rewarding, memorable way of doing things.
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    4 votes
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    BV Capital

    BV Capital

    Operating at the intersection of Internet, digital media and communications software for more than a decade, BV Capital team members have been instrumental in identifying opportunities and driving innovation in the Internet multimedia space.

    We like to fund high-growth consumer oriented companies with a very scalable business model and a strong viral marketing component.

    Our deep operational expertise, trans-Atlantic set up and diverse international experience shape our global perspective and position BV Capital as one of the leading partners for passionate and creative entrepreneurs with cutting-edge technology companies.

    7.60
    5 votes
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    Zero Stage Capital

    Zero Stage Capital

    Zero Stage Capital is a private equity firm that invests in small capitalization private and public companies in our areas of expertise: IT & telecommunications, life sciences, energy and homeland security technologies. We provide exit-focused strategic, management and operational guidance with the appropriate level of inflection capital to unlock value in stalled, underperforming companies that have the potential to be great companies. Our team works with closely with companies that are underserved by the typical venture capital and buyout community. In order to deliver results to our stakeholders, we are differentiated in the following ways:
    • Innovative investment approach. We execute on the strategy of unlocking value using a disciplined, exit-focused, sector-driven approach with an expedited liquidity cycle;
    • Professionals with proven results. Our team has deep expertise in structuring complex deals, entrepreneurship and operations of small-cap companies. We have demonstrated success by working together; and
    • Extensive networks in academia and industry. Our advisors consist of world-class individuals who actively participate in our investment and value creation activities.
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    5 votes
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    Martin Varsavsky

    Martin Varsavsky

    Martín Varsavsky (born in Buenos Aires in 1960) is an Argentine entrepreneur based in Spain. Born to Carlos Varsavsky and Silvia Waisman-Diamond, Varsavsky attended primary school at the New Model School and the Colegio Nicolás Avellaneda high school. At the age of 16, he moved with his family to the United States as a refugee supported and assisted by B'nai B'rith, following the forced disappearance of his cousin, David Horacio Varsavsky. In 1981 he obtained a BA at the New York University, in 1983 he earned an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and in 1985 an MBA at Columbia Business School. Since July 1995, Varsavsky has been living in Madrid, Spain. Besides his business activities, he is also engaged in non profit activities. Since 1999 Varsavsky has been teaching courses on entrepreneurship at IE Business School (formerly Instituto de Empresa) in Spain. He has written articles on business and international relations that have been published in several international publications including El País and Newsweek, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. Varsavsky is also an active blogger. Martin Varsavsky married Nina Wiegand on July 22, 2009,
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Mayfield Fund

    Mayfield Fund

    Mayfield Fund is one of the oldest venture capital firms in the US, focusing on early-stage to growth-stage investments in information technology companies with a focus on enterprise software, Internet consumer & media services, and communications. The firm was founded in 1969 by Thomas J. Davis, Jr.. Since inception, the firm has raised over $2.8 billion of investor commitments across 13 private equity funds. The firm is headquartered on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California and was one of the earliest venture capital firms to locate in Silicon Valley. Among the firm's most notable investments include Compaq, Silicon Graphics, 3COM, Amgen, Genentech, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Sandisk, Legato Software, Citrix, PlayFirst, Advent Software, Vantive, Pure Software, Nuance, Tibco, webMethods, Peribit, Redback Networks, Concur, 3Par, Snapfish and Akimbi Systems. Mayfield is a supporter of the Mayfield Fellows Program at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.
    8.75
    4 votes
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    Tim O'Reilly

    Tim O'Reilly

    Tim O'Reilly (born June 6, 1954) is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) and a supporter of the free software and open source movements. Born in County Cork, Ireland, O'Reilly moved to California with his family six weeks after he was born. O'Reilly was initially interested in literature upon entering college, yet after graduating from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in Classics, he became involved in the field of computer user manuals. He defines his company not as a book or online publisher, nor as a conference producer (though the company does all three), but as a technology transfer company, "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators." O'Reilly serves on the boards of directors of two companies, CollabNet and MySQL AB, and served on the board of Macromedia until its 2005 merger with Adobe Systems. He also serves on the board of directors for the public-service organization Code for America. In February 2012 he joined the UC Berkeley School of Information Advisory Board. In 1996, O'Reilly fought against a 10-Connection Limit on TCP/IP NT Workstations, writing a letter to the United States Department of Justice, Bill
    8.75
    4 votes
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    AllianceBernstein Holding

    AllianceBernstein Holding

    AllianceBernstein LP is a US-based, global asset management firm, controlled by the French insurance conglomerate, AXA, with approximately $402 billion in assets under management, as of September 30, 2011. AllianceBernstein provides solution-based diversified investment management services worldwide to institutional, high-net-worth and retail individuals. AllianceBernstein’s investment services encompass value and growth equities, blend strategies, fixed income, alternatives, and asset allocation. AllianceBernstein also provides independent investment research, trading and brokerage-related services to institutional clients through Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. LLC and its London-based affiliate. AllianceBernstein was the product of a merger between two well-established firms, Alliance Capital and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. initiated by its parent corporation, the AXA Group. Bernstein traces its origins back more than 40 years to when Sanford C. Bernstein founded the firm in 1967, as an investment-management firm for private clients. Alliance Capital was founded in 1971 when the investment management department of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc., merged with the investment-advisory
    8.50
    4 votes
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    General Catalyst Partners

    General Catalyst Partners

    General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based companies that will lead innovation and transform industries.

    General Catalyst's managing directors Larry Bohn, Joel Cutler, David Fialkow, Bill Fitzgerald, David Orfao, John Simon and Hemant Taneja are accomplished entrepreneurs. Founded in 2000, General Catalyst Partners leverages its principals' extensive operational, business development and technological expertise to provide portfolio companies with a catalyst for success through business-building and partnership development assistance. General Catalyst has approximately $1 billion under management and is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.
    8.50
    4 votes
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    Peter Wagner

    Peter Wagner

    Peter Wagner has worked in technology since the mid-1980's, as a physicist, line manager and venture investor. He focuses primarily in Information Technology Infrastructure, including the networking, computing, storage, and wireless sectors. Some of his particular interests include web 2.0 scalability, data center virtualization, pervasive security, digital media, WAN/Internet performance optimization, and a broad array of mobile technologies/media/services.

    Since joining Accel Partners in 1996, Peter has led investments in dozens of early stage companies, many of which have gone on to complete IPO's or successful acquisitions. These include Acopia Networks (acquired by F5), Airgo Networks (acquired by Qualcomm), Amber Networks (acquired by Nokia), Arrowpoint Communications (IPO 3/00, subsequently acquired by Cisco), Broadjump (IPO 6/04 after merger with Motive), iBEAM Broadcasting (IPO 5/00, subsequently acquired by Williams), Infinera (IPO 6/07), New Edge Networks (acquired by Earthlink), Northpoint Communications (IPO 5/99, subsequently acquired by ATT), Peribit Networks (acquired by Juniper), Tellium (IPO 5/01), TiMetra Networks (acquired by Alcatel) and Topspin Communications (acquired by Cisco). Peter was also part of the team responsible for Accel's investments in Redback Networks (IPO 5/99, acquired by Ericsson) and Motive (IPO 6/04).

    Peter currently serves on the Board of Directors at Azul Systems, C2 Appliance, Entrisphere, Consentry Networks, Omneon Video Networks (currently in registration for its IPO), Trapeze Networks and Wichorus. He also led Accel's investments in and works closely with Netxen, Sylantro Systems, and Transitive Technologies.

    In addition to his work in IT, Peter also leads Accel’s investment activity in the Energy sector. Areas of interest here include alternative and renewable energy (including nuclear power), energy storage, intelligent energy distribution and management, clean coal technologies, energy efficiency in IT and elsewhere, electric vehicles, portable power and biofuels.

    Prior to joining Accel, Peter was a line manager at Silicon Graphics, responsible for several generations of digital media, networking and graphics workstation products. Before Silicon Graphics, Peter worked with McKinsey and Company, consulting to market leaders in technology, energy, aerospace and financial services. Peter began his career as a physicist working in nuclear fusion research and aerospace.

    Peter is a Director and past President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. He holds an A.B. in Physics from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. 
    8.50
    4 votes
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    Tribune Company

    Tribune Company

    The Tribune Company is a large American multimedia corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. It is the nation's second-largest newspaper publisher, with ten daily newspapers and commuter tabloids including Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, Daily Press and The Morning Call, among others. Through Tribune Broadcasting, the company operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, and Chicago's WGN radio. The group's combined reach is more than 80 percent of U.S. television households. Investment interests include Food Network (31%). Tribune Interactive, another subsidiary, manages the interactive operations of major daily newspapers such as Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times and their associated websites. Its national network sites owned with partners include CareerBuilder.com, Cars.com, Apartments.com and Topix.net. With more than 50 websites overall, Tribune Interactive ranks among the nation's leading news and information networks. The sites attract more than 20 million unique visitors per month. Tribune Media Services provides syndicated content to print and electronic media. Key
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    Morgan Stanley

    Morgan Stanley

    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in the Morgan Stanley Building, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Morgan Stanley operates in 42 countries, and has more than 1300 offices and 60,000 employees. The company reports US$304 billion in assets under management or supervision. The corporation, formed by J.P. Morgan & Co. partners Henry S. Morgan (grandson of J.P. Morgan), Harold Stanley and others, came into existence on September 16, 1935, in response to the Glass-Steagall Act that required the splitting of commercial and investment banking businesses. In its first year the company operated with a 24% market share (US$1.1 billion) in public offerings and private placements. The main areas of business for the firm today are Global Wealth Management, Institutional Securities, and Investment Management. The company was founded in the midst of a management crisis starting in March 2005 that resulted in a loss of a number of the firm's staff and ultimately saw the firing of its then CEO Philip Purcell three months later. Morgan Stanley is an American multinational financial services corporation that, through its subsidiaries
    7.20
    5 votes
    29
    Benchmark Capital

    Benchmark Capital

    Benchmark Capital is a venture capital firm, responsible for the early stage funding of some very successful startups. In 1997, the firm invested $6.7 million in eBay, which made it worth more than $5 billion by the spring of 1999. Other high-profile investments have included or currently include Instagram, Zillow, Zipcar, Yelp, Demandforce, and Proofpoint as well as Ariba, Juniper Networks, Red Hat, and Twitter. Benchmark Capital is noted for creating the first equal ownership and compensation structure for its partners. The firm's general partners include Matt Cohler, Bruce Dunlevie, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, Kevin Harvey, and Mitch Lasky. From December 2010 to June 2012, five companies in which Benchmark Capital invested went public and nine were acquired for a total market value of more than $8 billion. The Menlo Park, California-based firm announced in May 2012 it would be expanding by opening an office with more than 10,000 square feet in San Francisco’s emerging tech corridor, the Mid-Market neighborhood. Benchmark has invested in more than 150 startups since its inception in 1995, including Infinera, MySQL, Minted, OpenTable, Second Life, Tellme Networks, Yelp, Inc., CTERA
    9.33
    3 votes
    30
    Y Combinator

    Y Combinator

    Y Combinator is an American seed accelerator, started in March 2005. Y Combinator provides seed money, advice, and connections at two 3-month programs per year. In exchange, they take an average of about 6% of the company's equity. The program consists of weekly dinners where guests come to speak to the founders. The dinners last for the duration of the three month program, but all founders have the lifelong ability to book office hours with the Y Combinator venture partners. Compared to other startup funds, Y Combinator itself provides very little money ($14,000 for startups with 1 founder, $17,000 for startups with 2 founders, and $20,000 for those with 3 or more), though Yuri Milner and SV Angel offer every Y Combinator company a $150,000 convertible note investment. This reflects co-founder Paul Graham's theory that between free software, dynamic languages, the web, and Moore's Law, the cost of founding an information technology startup has greatly decreased. Wired has called Y Combinator a "boot camp for startups" and "the most prestigious program for budding digital entrepreneurs". The firm is named after a construct in the theory of functional programming called the "Y
    9.33
    3 votes
    31
    Symantec Corporation

    Symantec Corporation

    Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is an American global computer security software corporation headquartered in Mountain View, California. It is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 stock market index. Founded in 1982 by Gary Hendrix with a National Science Foundation grant, Symantec was originally focused on artificial intelligence-related projects, including a database program. Hendrix hired several Stanford University natural language processing researchers as the company's first employees, among them Barry Greenstein (professional poker player and developer of the word processor component within Q&A). In 1984 it became clear that the advanced natural language and database system that Symantec had developed could not be ported from DEC minicomputers to the PC. This left Symantec without a product, but with expertise in natural language database query systems and technology. As a result, later in 1984 Symantec was acquired by another, smaller software startup company, C&E Software, founded by Denis Coleman and Gordon Eubanks and headed by Eubanks. C&E Software was in the process of developing an integrated file management and word processing program. The merged
    8.00
    4 votes
    32
    Esther Dyson

    Esther Dyson

    Esther Dyson (born 14 July 1951) is a former journalist and Wall Street technology analyst who is a leading angel investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and commentator focused on breakthrough innovation in healthcare, government transparency, digital technology, biotechnology, and space. Dyson is currently focusing her career on preemptive healthcare and continues to invest in health technology. On 7 October 2008, Space Adventures announced that Dyson had paid to train as a back-up spaceflight participant for Charles Simonyi's trip to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 mission which took place in 2009. Esther Dyson's father is the physicist Freeman Dyson; her mother is mathematician Verena Huber-Dyson; and her brother is digital technology historian George Dyson. In childhood she received, for alliterative purposes only, the nickname "Dodo" (pronounced dough-dough); there does not appear to be, however, significant use of this nickname beyond her primary school experience. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, she joined Forbes as a fact-checker and quickly rose to reporter. In 1977, she joined New Court Securities as "the research
    6.80
    5 votes
    33
    TELUS

    TELUS

    Telus (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a national telecommunications company in Canada that provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services including internet access, voice, entertainment, video, and satellite television. The company is based in Burnaby, British Columbia, part of Greater Vancouver. Telus' wireless division, Telus Mobility, offers CDMA 2000, IDEN, and HSPA+-based mobile phone networks. Telus is a member of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association. Telus Communications (Alberta) was created in 1990 by the government of Alberta as a holding company in order to facilitate the privatization of a crown corporation, the Alberta Government Telephones Commission (AGT). In 1995, it acquired Edmonton Telephones Corporation (Ed Tel) from the City of Edmonton making Telus the owner of all telephone service in the province. In 1996, Telus was introduced to the public as the consumer brand, replacing AGT and EdTel. In 1998, Telus (Alberta) and BCTel announced a proposed merger. In 1999, Telus Corporation was created by the merger of Telus (Alberta) and BCTel. While Telus was the surviving company, it moved its headquarters to Vancouver. As a result of the
    9.00
    3 votes
    34
    Li Ka Shing

    Li Ka Shing

    Sir Ka-shing Li, GBM, KBE, JP (born 13 June 1928 in Chaozhou, China) is a Hong Kong business magnate and philanthropist. He is the richest person of Asian descent in the world and the ninth richest person in the world with an estimated wealth of US $25.5 billion as of 2012. Presently, he is the chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings; through them, he is the world's largest operator of container terminals and the world's largest health and beauty retailer. Considered one of the most powerful figures in Asia, Li was named "Asia's Most Powerful Man, Li Ka-Ching" by Asiaweek in 2001. His companies make up 15% of the market cap of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Forbes Magazine and the Forbes family honoured Li Ka-shing with the first ever "Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award" on 5 September 2006, in Singapore. In spite of his wealth, Li has cultivated a reputation for leading a no-frills lifestyle, and is known to wear simple black dress shoes and an inexpensive Seiko wristwatch, which is at odds with the house he owns in one of Hong Kong's most expensive precincts, Deep Water Bay in Hong Kong Island. Li is also regarded as one of Asia's most
    7.75
    4 votes
    35
    Stuart Lombard

    Stuart Lombard

    Prior to joining J.L. Albright Venture Partners, Lombard was Co-CEO of Isolation Systems Ltd., an award-winning manufacturer of Virtual Private Network solutions. Within 18 months of joining Isolation Systems, Lombard successfully launched Isolation Systems' VPN products, developed distribution channels and engineered the sale of Isolation Systems to Shiva Corporation. Prior to Isolation Systems, Lombard co-founded InfoRamp Inc., an Internet Service Provider in June 1994. He built InfoRamp into Toronto's largest and best-known Internet Service Provider through a dedication to quality, customer service, profitability and strong technical operations. InfoRamp was sold to iSTAR Internet in September, 1995.
    7.75
    4 votes
    36
    Rob Burgess

    Rob Burgess

    Rob Burgess is a Canadian businessman in the computing industry. Burgess graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1979. He worked extensively in the field of high-performance computer graphics, spending years in key executive posts at Silicon Graphics, and as CEO of Alias Research. From 1996, Rob Burgess was CEO of Macromedia until 2005. He also served as Board Chairman 1998-2005 a position he held when the company was acquired by Adobe Systems for $3.4 billion in a transaction which closed on December 5, 2005. Under Burgess' tenure, he led the company's transformation from a CD-ROM based multimedia company to a prominent market position in web authoring and development solutions. While he was chairman and CEO, the vector animation product Flash become a pervasive multimedia platform, available on 98% of browsers worldwide. Rob Burgess is currently sits on the Board of Directors of Real Matters Inc., - a Canadian Technology Company that focuses on real estate data and valuations.
    6.60
    5 votes
    37
    Mohr Davidow Ventures

    Mohr Davidow Ventures

    MDV invests in entrepreneurs creating businesses that address significant challenges and opportunities associated with Driving the Digital World, Personalizing Medicine and Powering the Planet. For nearly 25 years MDV has partnered with entrepreneurs and taken a hands-on approach to architect and help build successful companies. MDV's team and the firm's extended network of industry experts bring years of real-world experience to accelerate each company's time to market and optimize its long-term success. The firm has $1.4 billion under management.

    Among the many MDV funded companies that have gone public or been acquired are: Actuate; Agile; Auspex; Broadbase (KANA); Brocade; Epigram (BRCM); FormFactor; Freshwater Software (MERQ); Ipsilon Networks (NOK); Kalpana (CSCO); Numerical Technologies (SNPS); ONI Systems (CIEN); Pivotal Technologies (BRCM); Rambus; Vantive; Vitesse; and Zip2 (AltaVista).

    5.67
    6 votes
    38
    Bank of Scotland

    Bank of Scotland

    The Bank of Scotland plc (Scottish Gaelic: Banca na h-Alba, Scots: Bank o Scotland) is a commercial and clearing bank based in Edinburgh, Scotland. With a history dating to the 17th century, it is the second oldest surviving bank (the Bank of England having been established one year before) in what is now the United Kingdom, and is the only commercial institution created by the Parliament of Scotland to remain in existence. It was also the first bank in Europe to print its own banknotes; it continues to print its own sterling banknotes under legal arrangements which allow some UK banks to issue currency. On 17 September 2007, The Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland became Bank of Scotland plc, as part of the HBOS Group Reorganisation Act 2006. Since 19 January 2009, the Bank of Scotland has formed a key part of the Lloyds Banking Group, following the acquisition of HBOS by Lloyds TSB Group. The Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland was established by an Act of the Parliament of Scotland on 17 July 1695, the Act for erecting a Bank in Scotland, opening for business in February 1696. Although established soon after the Bank of England (1694), the Bank of Scotland was
    7.50
    4 votes
    39
    Foundation Capital

    Foundation Capital

    Founded in 1995, Foundation Capital is a venture capital firm committed to supporting entrepreneurs and their companies, targeting innovative opportunities in telecommunications and networking; Internet infrastructure; and enterprise software and on demand services. Foundation Capital funds total more than $1.7 billion. For more information, visit www.foundationcapital.com.
    7.50
    4 votes
    40
    Sigma Partners

    Sigma Partners

    Sigma Partners is a major venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and Boston. Sigma Partners invests in early-stage information technology companies (semiconductor, software and hardware). The firm was founded in 1984 by J. Burgess Jamieson and C. Bradford Jeffries. The Sigma Partners team includes Bob Davoli and Peter Solvik. Notable investments have included Atria Software, Cascade Communications, Chipcom, Electronic Arts, EqualLogic, GeoTel Communications, Internet Security Systems, WordStream, Phoenix Technologies, PSINet, Replay Solutions, Vermeer Technologies, Vignette, Virtusa, and YouSendIt. .
    7.50
    4 votes
    41
    Tim Connors

    Tim Connors

    Tim Connors joined USVP in June 2001. He focuses on early stage investments in the IT sector. Prior to USVP, Tim was a Partner at Sequoia Capital. Tim's operating experience spans seven years in engineering, marketing, manufacturing and sales roles at successful high-growth start-ups like C-Cube Microsystems and large companies like Tandem Computers.

    Tim is currently a Director of 4info.net, Adify.com, Guidewire Software, M-Factor.com, Right90.com, and Yoomba.com. Tim conceived of and co-founded Spoke.com. Previously, Tim was a Director of Redline Communications(LSE: REDL), ClickShift.com (acquired by WebTrends), StorePerform (acquired by Red Prairie) and SupplierMarket.com (acquired by Ariba). Tim serves on the Board of Advisors of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame.

    Tim received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
    8.67
    3 votes
    42
    Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers

    Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) is a venture capital firm located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley. The Wall Street Journal has called it one of the "largest and most established" venture capital firms in the world. The New York Times has called it "one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital providers," and said that it is "one of Silicon Valley's most prominent venture capital firms." Reuters news service has called KPCB "one of the most successful venture capital firms in the world." KPCB was known as one of the more progressive venture capital firms in Silicon Valley when it came to hiring women, with 12 female partners out of 49 partners total. However in May 2012, partner Ellen Pao sued the firm for gender discrimination, which KPCB has vigorously denied. The case is ongoing. KPCB specializes in investments in incubation and early stage companies. Since its founding in 1972, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has backed entrepreneurs in more than 500 ventures including AOL, Amazon.com, Citrix, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Sun, Symantec, Verisign, WebMD and Zynga. More than 150 of the
    10.00
    2 votes
    43
    Union Square Ventures

    Union Square Ventures

    Union Square Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City. We invest in young companies that use information technology in innovative ways to create high growth business opportunities in the Media, Marketing, Financial Services, Telecommunications, and Healthcare industries. Our venture capital firm was conceived as a place where a small number of very experienced investment professionals, working collaboratively from a single office, could build a portfolio of promising startup companies and then put our experience and our networks to work to help those companies build valuable businesses. Over the past 17 years, we have been directly involved in the development of 40 companies and have, through our prior firms, participated in the launch of over 120 companies. That experience has convinced us that we can deliver the highest returns to our investors by doing the work of venture capital ourselves, from sourcing investments, through due diligence and supporting our portfolio companies, to ultimately exiting the investments. For an entrepreneur looking for venture capital, this means that you will be dealing with a principal of the firm from day one. If we chose to invest our time in your business, you can be sure that we are serious about investing our capital as well. As a portfolio company, you will be supported by a partner who has been directly involved with your company since the initial investment consideration. We will, as a result, be able to quickly identify opportunities to contribute to the development of your company whether you need to round out your management team, connect with a potential customer, or find a strategic partner. Our ongoing, direct involvement will also enable you to react quickly to financing, acquisition, or exit opportunities.
    10.00
    2 votes
    44
    IAC/InterActiveCorp

    IAC/InterActiveCorp

    InterActiveCorp (legal name: IAC/InterActiveCorp) is an American internet company with over 50 brands across 40 countries headquartered in New York City. The Chairman and Senior Executive is Barry Diller, who was previously head of Paramount Pictures, Fox Broadcasting and USA Broadcasting. IAC was incorporated in 1986 under the name Silver King Broadcasting Company as a subsidiary of Home Shopping Network. In 1992, Silver King was spun-off to Home Shopping Network shareholders as a separately traded public company. The company has undergone several name changes. February 1998: HSN, Inc. was renamed USA Networks, Inc. May 2002: USA Networks, Inc. was renamed USA Interactive June 2003: USA Interactive was renamed InterActiveCorp July 2004: InterActiveCorp was renamed IAC/InterActiveCorp In August 2008, IAC spun off several of its businesses, including: Tree.com (NASDAQ: TREE), the Home Shopping Network, Ticketmaster, and Interval Leisure Group (NASDAQ: IILG). In February 2011, IAC acquired the free-to-contact dating site, OkCupid, for $50 million. In April 2011, IAC extended the deal with Google to hand over all search advertising on Ask.com and other IAC search products to the
    6.40
    5 votes
    45
    Dave Winer

    Dave Winer

    Dave Winer (born May 2, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer in New York City. Winer is noted for his contributions to outliners, scripting, content management, and web services, as well as blogging and podcasting. He is the founder of the software companies Living Videotext and Userland Software, a former contributing editor for the Web magazine HotWired, the author of the Scripting News weblog, a former research fellow at Harvard Law School, and current visiting scholar at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Winer was born on May 2, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Eve Winer, Ph.D., a school psychologist, and Leon Winer, Ph.D., a former professor of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business who died October 3, 2009. Winer is also the grandnephew of German novelist Arno Schmidt and a relative of Hedy Lamarr. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1972. Winer received a BA in Mathematics from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1976. In 1978 he received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1979 Dave Winer became an employee of
    7.25
    4 votes
    46
    Draper Fisher Jurvetson

    Draper Fisher Jurvetson

    Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) is a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California with affiliate offices in more than 30 cities around the world and over $7 billion in capital commitments. The firm has funded well-known technology companies including Baidu, Hotmail (acquired by Microsoft), Overture (acquired by Yahoo), Skype (acquired by Microsoft) and Glam Media. Other notable investments include Tesla Motors, SugarCRM, Box.net, Interwoven, BrightSource Energy, SpaceX, Meebo, Cafemom and SolarCity among others. DFJ was founded in 1985 by Timothy C. Draper as Draper Associates. Draper and John H.N. Fisher left Alex. Brown & Sons, where they were officemates. The firm's current name is attributed to Draper and Fisher as well as co-founder and managing director Steve Jurvetson. DFJ maintains a loosely affiliated network of semi-independent venture capital firms in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
    7.25
    4 votes
    47
    ESPN

    ESPN

    ESPN is an American global cable television network focusing on sports-related programming including live and recorded event telecasts, sports talk shows, and other original programming. Its name derives from Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. Founded by Bill Rasmussen, his son Scott Rasmussen and Aetna insurance agent Ed Eagan, it launched on September 7, 1979, under the direction of Chet Simmons, the network's President and CEO (and later the United States Football League's first commissioner). The Getty Oil Company provided funding to begin the new venture via executive Stuart Evey. John Skipper is ESPN's current president, a position he has held since January 1, 2012. ESPN's signature telecast, SportsCenter, debuted with the network and aired its 50,000th episode on September 13, 2012. ESPN broadcasts primarily from its studios in Bristol, Connecticut. The network also operates offices in Miami; New York City; Seattle; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles office, from which the late-night edition of SportsCenter is now broadcast, opened at L.A. Live in early 2009. While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, it has not been free
    7.25
    4 votes
    48
    GSR Ventures

    GSR Ventures

    GSR Ventures is a venture capital fund that invests primarily in early stage technology companies with substantial operations in China. China has some of the world's largest and fastest growing technology markets. We strongly believe that with large and homogeneous technology markets, talented entrepreneurs and the emergence of disruptive technology, the next generation of global leaders in technology will emerge form China. We seek investment opportunities that have very large market opportunities, strong management teams and disruptive intellectual property, business models or market positions that will give them a competitive advantage to successfully compete in China and the global market. We are willing to invest in early stage companies with talented entrepreneurs to help build great technology companies such as Intel, Broadcom, Google and HuaWei. Our team brings together a unique combination of strong operating experience in China, extensive international investment experience, and deep networks in China and Silicon Valley. Our primary focus areas include semiconductor, Internet, wireless, and new media. GSR currently has about $300 million under management. We also have an affiliation with Mayfield Fund, and manage Mayfield China together with Mayfield. We have representative offices in Beijing and Silicon Valley. GSR is an engaged partner ready to provide guidance and resources to take your company to the next level.
    7.25
    4 votes
    49
    Winston Fu

    Winston Fu

    Winston Fu is a General Partner at U.S. Venture Partners, and he enjoys helping entrepreneurs build teams that are passionate, fun-loving and fanatical about their pursuit to build great companies. Winston serves on the boards of Active-Semi International, CiraNova, Ponte Solutions, Princeton Lightwave, Superprotonic, and Teknovus. During the past decade, Winston also served on the boards of Alchemy (acquired by AMD in 2002), Brion Technologies (acquired by ASML in 2007), Clear Shape Technologies (acquired by Cadence in 2007) and New Focus (NUFO made its initial public offering in 2000 and was subsequently acquired by Bookham in 2004). Winston joined USVP as an associate in 1997, following his selection as a Kauffman Fellow in Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship, and he became a General Partner in 2000. Prior to joining USVP, Winston served in technical and marketing roles at Vixel Corporation, which made its initial public offering in 1999 (NASDAQ: VIXL) and was subsequently acquired by Emulex (ELX) in 2003. As director of product marketing, he was responsible for developing new applications for the VCSEL device product line at Vixel. Prior to helping launch Vixel, Winston researched and developed technologies in the areas of semiconductors, lasers and superconductors at Stanford University, Sandia National Labs and MIT. Winston earned a bachelor's degree in Physics from MIT, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, where he was an Austin Scholar.
    7.25
    4 votes
    50
    New Enterprise Associates

    New Enterprise Associates

    New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is a global investment firm focused on venture capital and growth equity investments. With approximately $11 billion in committed capital, NEA is among the largest venture firms. The firm invests in three broad industry sectors: information technology, health care, and energy technology, with investment professionals allocated to each industry. NEA invests in companies in various stages of development. NEA employs more than 40 investment professionals. The firm is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with offices in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. as well as Bangalore, Mumbai, Beijing and Shanghai. Since its founding, NEA has invested in over 650 companies, of which more than 170 have gone public and more than 280 have been sold. Among the firm's most notable investments are 3com, CareerBuilder, Diapers.com, Juniper Networks, The Learning Company, Macromedia, Salesforce.com, SMIC, TiVo, Vonage and WebMD. NEA is also a notable investor in Groupon and Gilt Groupe. In 2010, NEA launched its thirteenth investment fund with $2.5 billion of investor capital. The firm was founded in 1978 by Richard C. (Dick) Kramlich, Chuck Newhall and Frank Bonsal.
    8.33
    3 votes
    51
    WPP Group

    WPP Group

    WPP plc (LSE: WPP, NASDAQ: WPPGY) is a British multinational advertising and public relations company with its main management office in London, United Kingdom, and its executive office in Dublin, Ireland. It is the world's largest advertising company by revenues, and employs around 162,000 people in 3,000 offices across 110 countries. It owns a number of advertising, public relations and market research networks, including Grey, Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, JWT, Ogilvy Group, TNS and Young & Rubicam. WPP has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on NASDAQ. Wire and Plastic Products plc was founded in 1971 as a manufacturer of wire shopping baskets. In 1985 Martin Sorrell, searching for a listed company through which to build a worldwide marketing services company, bought a controlling stake of just under 30% at a cost of $676,000. Sorrell had been the financial director for the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi from 1977 to 1985, managing its takeovers of companies in the US and the UK. The holding company was renamed WPP Group and in 1987 Sorrell became its chief executive. During 1986 WPP
    8.33
    3 votes
    52
    Miles R. Gilburne

    Miles R. Gilburne

    An accomplished senior executive, Miles Gilburne has more than twenty-five years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, venture capital, and technology law.  From 1994 to 1999, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of America Online (AOL), where he was responsible for strategic planning and major corporate acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances.  Prior to joining AOL, Mr. Gilburne was a founding partner of The Cole Gilburne Fund, an early stage venture capital fund, and a founding partner of technology and media law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  He is currently a managing member of ZG Ventures, LLC, a private investment firm.Mr. Gilburne holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Harvard University.  He serves on the boards of Pharmacyclics, Inc. and Revolution Health Group. He is also a member of the board of directors of Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Gilburne is a co-chairman of ePALS, a Washington, DC-based company that creates and distributes learning programs and services, as well as a suite of  collaborative technologies, designed specifically for K-12 school and home markets.
    6.00
    5 votes
    53
    Elon Musk

    Elon Musk

    Elon Musk (born 28 June 1971) is a South Africa-born American entrepreneur and inventor best known for founding SpaceX, and co-founding Tesla Motors and PayPal (initially known as X.com). While at those companies, he oversaw the construction of the first electric car of the modern era, the Tesla Roadster, a private rocket and spaceship successor to the Space Shuttle known as Falcon 9/Dragon, and the world's largest Internet payment system, PayPal. He is currently the CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SolarCity. Musk was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, the son of a Canadian mother, Maye (née Haldeman), and a South African father, Errol Musk. His mother's heritage include Pennsylvania Dutch; his maternal grandfather was from Minnesota, and had moved to Saskatchewan, where Musk's mother was born. His father is an engineer and his mother is an author, nutritionist and model, appearing on the cover of New York Magazine in 2011 and Time Magazine in 2010. Musk bought his first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program; by the age of 12 he sold his first commercial software for about $500, a space game called
    8.00
    3 votes
    54
    Mitsui & Co Venture Partners

    Mitsui & Co Venture Partners

    Mitsui & Co. Venture Partners (MCVP) is a provider of early stage venture capital for various types of U.S. technology firms with a special expertise in helping to build their businesses globally. Over the years, we have invested in break-through technologies in the communication, software, information series, life science, and medical device industries and accelerated their growth. Located in New York, Silicon Valley and Tokyo, MCVP currently manages over $280 million in capital.
    8.00
    3 votes
    55
    Research In Motion

    Research In Motion

    Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (TSX: RIM, NASDAQ: RIMM) is a Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry smartphone and tablet. RIM is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was founded by Mike Lazaridis, who served as its co-CEO along with Jim Balsillie until January 22, 2012 when RIM announced that both have stepped down and the new CEO will be Thorsten Heins. The company is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in the USA in addition to the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada. Prior to the manufacture of the BlackBerry, RIM worked with RAM Mobile Data and Ericsson to turn the Ericsson-developed Mobitex wireless data network into a two-way paging and wireless e-mail network. Pivotal in this development was the release of the Inter@ctive pager 950, which started shipping in August 1998. About the size of a bar of soap, this device competed against the SkyTel two-way paging network developed by Motorola. RIM's early development was financed by Canadian institutional and venture capital investors in 1995 through a private placement in the privately held company. Working Ventures Canadian Fund Inc. led the first venture
    8.00
    3 votes
    56
    ABN AMRO

    ABN AMRO

    ABN AMRO Bank N.V. is a Dutch state-owned bank with headquarters in Amsterdam. It was re-established, in its current form, in 2009 following the acquisition and break-up of the original ABN AMRO by a banking consortium consisting of Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Santander Group and Fortis. Following the collapse of Fortis, the acquirer of the Dutch business, it was nationalized by the Dutch government along with Fortis Bank Nederland. The bank is a product of a long history of mergers and acquisitions that date back to 1765. In 1991 Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN) and AMRO Bank (itself the result of a merger of the Amsterdamsche Bank and the Rotterdamsche Bank in the 1960s) agreed to merge to create the original ABN AMRO. By 2007 ABN AMRO was the second-largest bank in the Netherlands and the eighth-largest in Europe by assets. At that time the magazine The Banker and Fortune Global 500 placed it 15th in the list of world’s biggest banks and it had operations in 63 countries, with over 110,000 employees. In October 2007 the bank was acquired, in what was at that time the biggest bank takeover in history, by a consortium made up of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Fortis and Banco
    6.75
    4 votes
    57
    Cheung Kong Holdings

    Cheung Kong Holdings

    Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited (Cheung Kong Holdings) SEHK: 0001, OTC Pink: CHEUY is the flagship of the Cheung Kong Group, headquartered in Hong Kong, and one of Hong Kong's leading multi-national conglomerates. The Chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings is Li Ka Shing (李嘉誠), while his elder son, Victor Li, is Managing Director and Deputy Chairman. Cheung Kong Holdings is one of the largest developers of residential, office, retail, industrial and hotel properties in Hong Kong. With its long history of property development expertise and residential estates, Cheung Kong Holdings has built many of Hong Kong's most notable landmark buildings and complexes. Li Ka Shing founded Cheung Kong Industries in 1950s as a plastics manufacturer. Under his leadership, the company grew rapidly and eventually evolved into a property investment company. "Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited" from the 1970s. In Hong Kong alone, the Group has nine companies. Cheung Kong Holdings has been listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1972. It is a property development and strategic investment company, with substantial interests in life sciences and other businesses. It is one of the largest developers in Hong Kong
    6.75
    4 votes
    58
    Humana

    Humana

    Humana Inc. is an American managed health care company that markets and administers health insurance. With a customer base of over 11.1 million in the United States, the company is the largest (by revenues) Fortune 100 company headquartered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and has a market cap of over US $13 billion, $36.5 billion in revenue, and over 40,000 employees worldwide. Humana markets its health insurance services in all 50 U.S. states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and has international business interests in Western Europe and Asia. The company was founded by David A. Jones, Sr. and Wendell Cherry as a nursing home company in 1961. Then known as Extendicare, the company became the largest nursing home company in the United States. Extendicare later divested the nursing home chain and moved into purchasing hospitals in 1972, becoming the world's largest hospital company in the 1980s. The corporate name was changed to Humana Inc. in 1974. Humana experienced tremendous growth in the years that followed, both organically and through the takeover of American Medicorp Inc. in 1978, which doubled the company's size. During the mid-1970s, the company used a fast-track construction
    6.75
    4 votes
    59
    Sierra Ventures

    Sierra Ventures

    Sierra Ventures is a private venture capital firm focusing its investments in Information Technology companies. Our current investments include companies based in the United States, Canada, China and India. We work with entrepreneurs and management teams to originate and build new companies into large, profitable businesses.

    Sierra Ventures manages nine venture capital partnerships, which together have more than $1.5 billion of committed capital.

    Our Limited Partners include established financial institutions, university endowments, and pension funds. They also include prominent individual investors, most of whom are founders, chief executive officers, or board members of major publicly traded technology companies.

    The Managing Directors that oversee Sierra Ventures have diverse and complementary backgrounds and skills with extensive management, technical, and venture capital investing experience. We have all served in executive capacities during our careers with successful private and public companies in the software, telecommunications, and internet related industries.
    6.75
    4 votes
    60
    Yasuda Enterprise Development

    Yasuda Enterprise Development

    One of the most experienced VC firms in Japan.Achieved hundreds of exit through almost 40 years history. Leveraging Yasuda's network among Japanese corporate, actively investing in global technology start-ups including material, cleantech, biotech as well as conventional technology ventures.
    6.75
    4 votes
    61
    Apax Partners

    Apax Partners

    Apax Partners LLP is a global private equity and venture capital firm, headquartered in London. The company also operates out of eight other offices in New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Tel-Aviv, Madrid, Stockholm, Milan and Munich. The firm, including its various predecessors, have raised approximately $35 billion (USD) dating back to 1969. Apax Partners is one of the oldest and largest private equity firms operating on an international basis, ranked the seventh largest private equity firm globally. Apax invests exclusively in certain business sectors including: telecommunications, information technology, retail and consumer products, media, healthcare and financial and business services. As of the end of 2007, Apax had invested in approximately 340 companies in all stages of development. Apax raises capital for its investment funds through institutional investors including corporate and public pension funds, university and college endowments, foundations and fund of funds. One of the firm's co-founders, Alan Patricof, was an early investor in Apple Computer and America Online (AOL). Apax Partners Worldwide is the product of the combination of three firms: In 1969, Alan Patricof
    9.00
    2 votes
    62
    Chris Rust

    Chris Rust

    Chris joined USVP as a Managing Member in 2004. He focuses on early stage investments primarily in the IT sector. Prior to USVP, Chris held the position of CEO of Mahi Networks (2001-2004); Partner at Sequoia Capital (1998-2002); Senior Director of PLM at Carrier Access Corporation (1997, CACS); Director of Marketing of Comcore (1996, acq by National); Principal Network Architect and founding member of Time Warner Roadrunner (1995-1996, on loan from US WEST); Broadband Network Architect US WEST (1992-1996); and Member of Technical Staff at MITRE (1988-1992). He started working as an electrical engineer designing microwave FDM radio equipment for Nokia in Helsinki Finland (1987).

    Chris is currently a Director of Akros Silicon (Power-over-Ethernet ICs), Dilithium Networks (transcoding gateways), StrataLight (40G optical transport), Veriwave (WLAN test gear), and Zannel (stealth). He also serves on the VC Advisory Board for the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA), and is a member of the communications and networking societies of the IEEE.

    Previously Chris was a Founding Director or active early stage investor in Abrizio (acq by PMCS), Afara WebSystems (acq by SUN), Avanex (AVNX), Commerce5 (acq by DRIV), LVL7 Systems (acq by BRCM), Mahi Networks (acq by Meriton), Mellanox (MLNX), MEMX (out-of-business), Nexsi (acq by JNPR), SwitchOn Networks (acq by PMCS), Santur (private), Telera (acq by ALA), Turin Networks (private), and VxTel (acq by INTC). He has been a Director of the Telecommuncations Industry Association (TIA), was a founding member of the Cable Labs MCNS DOCSIS cable modem standards body, and has been a contributor to the ADSL and ATM forums.

    Chris earned a BSEE (87) and MSEE (89) from the University of Lowell, an MS Telecommunications Engineering (92) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MS Engineering Management (04) from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Chris taught graduate classes in computer networking and communications theory as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado for five years while he lived in Boulder, Colorado. He currently holds issued patents for a multi-service home gateway he invented as a design engineer at US WEST.

    9.00
    2 votes
    63
    Motorola

    Motorola

    Motorola, Inc. ( /moʊtɵˈroʊlə/) was an American multinational telecommunications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois. After having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, the company was divided into two independent public companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on January 4, 2011. Motorola Solutions is generally considered to be the direct successor to Motorola, Inc., as the reorganization was structured with Motorola Mobility being spun off. Motorola designed and sold wireless network infrastructure equipment such as cellular transmission base stations and signal amplifiers. Motorola's home and broadcast network products included set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and network equipment used to enable video broadcasting, computer telephony, and high-definition television. Its business and government customers consisted mainly of wireless voice and broadband systems (used to build private networks), and, public safety communications systems like Astro and Dimetra. These businesses (except for set-top boxes and cable modems) are now part of Motorola Solutions. Motorola's wireless telephone handset division was a pioneer in cellular telephones. Known as the Personal
    9.00
    2 votes
    64
    David Mahoney

    David Mahoney

    David Mahoney was appointed to Symantec's board of directors in April 2003. He previously served as co-CEO of McKesson HBOC, Inc. and as CEO of iMcKesson LLC from July 1999 to February 2001. Mahoney joined McKesson in 1990 as vice president for Strategic Planning, and was responsible for planning and corporate development. He had overall responsibility for McKesson's strategic relations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, was responsible for the establishment of the Pharmaceutical Partners Group at McKesson, and the launch of a new generics program. Prior to joining McKesson, Mahoney was a principal with McKinsey & Company from 1981 to 1990. He serves on the board of directors of Corcept Therapeutics, Inc., Tercica, Inc., KQED, Live Oak School, SFMOMA, and Mercy Corps.He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's of business administration from Harvard University.
    7.67
    3 votes
    65
    Jawed Karim

    Jawed Karim

    Jawed Karim (born in 1979, East Germany) is a Bengali-German American technologist and co-founder of the popular video sharing website YouTube. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-fraud system, were also designed and implemented by Karim. Karim was born in East Germany, but crossed the Berlin Wall and grew up in West Germany. He moved to the United States with his family in 1992, two years after German reunification. He graduated from Central High School in Minnesota and he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He left campus prior to graduating to become an early employee at PayPal, but continued his coursework, earning his Bachelor of Science in computer science in 2004. While working at PayPal, he met Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. The three later founded the YouTube video sharing website in 2005. YouTube's first video, Me at the zoo, was uploaded by Karim on April 23, 2005. After co-founding the company and developing the YouTube concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Karim enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University while acting as an advisor to YouTube. When YouTube was acquired by
    7.67
    3 votes
    66
    LGT

    LGT

    LGT Group is the wealth and asset management group of the princely House of Liechtenstein. LGT, originally known as The Liechtenstein Global Trust, is the largest family-owned private wealth and asset manager in Europe, wholly owned by the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation. LGT is headquartered in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, with approximately 1,950 employees in 31 offices around the globe, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. LGT, operates through several divisions: (Info can be found on the official website) The German tax authorities commenced numerous audits and prosecutions for tax fraud in the tax haven Liechtenstein based on information on a CD acquired by the German secret service Bundesnachrichtendienst. The CD, containing large amounts of information on accounts held by German citizens and other nationals with the bank was allegedly obtained for a sum of € 5 million from a former employee or contractor of the bank. Information was also forwarded to many other European states and Australia, leading to successful investigations there. Rating: Standard & Poor's / Moody's (2011/2012)
    7.67
    3 votes
    67
    Microsoft

    Microsoft

    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies. Microsoft was established to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. The company's 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date. As of 2012, Microsoft is market dominant in both the PC operating system and office suite markets (the latter with Microsoft
    7.67
    3 votes
    68
    Oracle Corporation

    Oracle Corporation

    Oracle Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation that specializes in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products – particularly database management systems. Headquartered at 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, Redwood City, California, United States and employing approximately 113,644 people worldwide as of 30 June 2012 (2012 -06-30), it has enlarged its share of the software market through organic growth and through a number of high-profile acquisitions. Oracle is the third-largest software maker by revenue, after Microsoft and IBM. The company also builds tools for database development and systems of middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning software (ERP), customer relationship management software (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) software. Larry Ellison, a co-founder of Oracle Corporation, has served as Oracle's CEO throughout its history. He also served as the Chairman of the Board until his replacement by Jeffrey O. Henley in 2004. On August 22, 2008, the Associated Press ranked Ellison as the top-paid chief executive in the world. Ellison took inspiration from the 1970 paper written by
    7.67
    3 votes
    69
    SAC Capital Partners

    SAC Capital Partners

    SAC Capital Advisors (SAC Capital Partners, SAC Capital Management) is a $14 billion dollar group of hedge funds founded by Steven A. Cohen in 1992. The firm employs approximately 800 people across its offices located in Stamford, Connecticut and New York City with international satellite offices. In 2010, the SEC opened an investigation into insider trading at SAC. Forbes listed SAC founder Steven Cohen's estimated net worth to be $8.0 billion as of 2008. SAC began as a trading-oriented firm, focused on trading liquid, large cap stocks. Over the years, they have branched out into fundamental and quantitative strategies. The group manages $14 billion in assets across four independent portfolios, each with distinct mandates. Although larger multistrategy funds exist, in absolute terms SAC's long-short strategies and capital flow make it an influential price-setting hedge fund in equities. The company has branched out into alternative investment strategies including private equity and emerging markets through expansion. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine, SAC Capital Advisors routinely accounts for as much as 3% of the New York Stock Exchange's average daily trading, plus
    7.67
    3 votes
    70
    Sergey Brin

    Sergey Brin

    Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Сергей Михайлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is a Soviet-born American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google, one of the most profitable Internet companies. As of 2012, his personal wealth is estimated to be $20.3 billion. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company. Brin immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union at the age of six. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he moved to Stanford University to acquire a Ph.D. in computer science. There he met Larry Page, with whom he later became friends. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin's data mining system to build a superior search engine. The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage. The Economist magazine referred to Brin as an "Enlightenment Man", and someone who believes that "knowledge is always good, and certainly always better than ignorance", a philosophy
    7.67
    3 votes
    71
    Venrock Associates

    Venrock Associates

    Venrock, a compound of "Venture" and "Rockefeller", is a pioneering venture capital firm formed in 1969 to build upon the successful investing activities of the Rockefeller family that began in the late 1930s. It has offices in Palo Alto, California, New York City, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Israel. The venture capitalist Laurance S. Rockefeller (1910–2004), one of the first in this field, was the fourth of the six children of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.. In January, 1946 he formed Rockefeller Brothers, Inc., one of the first postwar venture-capital operations, starting with a capitalization of $1.5 million. There were six partners in all, the five famed brothers and their sister, Abby. In August, 1969, the firm became known as Venrock. It is among a small number of top tier organizations that have achieved consistently superior performance. Over the years Laurance became well known as an investor of risk capital in young enterprises whose future was based on scientific and technological developments. His investment interests included the fields of aviation, aerospace, electronics, high temperature physics, composite materials, optics, lasers, data processing, thermionics and
    7.67
    3 votes
    72
    Conexant

    Conexant

    Conexant Systems, Inc. is an American semiconductor company, formerly the semiconductor division of Rockwell International. Currently it's privately owned by Golden Gate Capital, an equity firm headquartered in San Francisco. Conexant was launched as an independent entity in January 1999 after Rockwell International Corp. spun off its Rockwell Semiconductor business to shareowners. Since its inception, Conexant has spun off several standalone businesses to create new companies including Jazz Semiconductor (March 2002 - private), Skyworks Solutions (June 2002 - public), Mindspeed Technologies (June 2003 - public). Recent divestitures include selling its Broadband Access business to Ikanos Communications in August 2009 and its Broadband Media Processing business to NXP Semiconductors in August 2008. In Feb, 2011, private investment firm Golden Gate Capital acquired Conexant Systems for $2.40 per share. In its former avatar, Conexant used to offer semiconductor solutions for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications. Conexant,as many of semiconductor companies develops solutions for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications, which
    10.00
    1 votes
    73
    DEA Capital

    DEA Capital

    DEA Capital is a listed private equity investment company mainly focused on the share acquisition of private or public companies with high value creation potential and on the limited partnership investments in private equity highly diversified “funds of funds” and “Co-Investment funds”. DeA Capital invests worldwide acquiring majority or minority stakes in partnership with some of the most prominent private investors, with the management of the companies, or alone.
    10.00
    1 votes
    74
    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban

    Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958) is an American business magnate. He is the owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV. He is also a "shark" investor on the television series Shark Tank. In 2011, Cuban wrote an e-book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, in which he chronicles his life experiences in business and sports. Cuban was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, in a Jewish working-class family. The surname "Cuban" was shortened from "Chabenisky" when his Russian grandparents landed on Ellis Island. He is the son of Shirley and Norton Cuban, who was an automobile upholsterer. Cuban's first step into the business world occurred at age 12, when he sold garbage bags to pay for a pair of expensive basketball shoes. While in school, he held a variety of jobs, including bartender, disco dancing instructor, and party promoter. He paid for college by collecting and selling stamps, and once gained about $1,100 from starting a chain letter. Rather than attending high school for his senior year, Cuban enrolled as a full time
    10.00
    1 votes
    75
    Omidyar Network

    Omidyar Network

    Omidyar Network is an investment firm established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam. To date, Omidyar Network has committed more than $290 million to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple investment areas, including microfinance, property rights, government transparency and social media. Composed of a 501(c)(3) and a Limited Liability Company (LLC), Omidyar Network is structured to work across the social, business, and government sectors. Like a traditional foundation, it makes grants through its 501(c)(3) entity; through its LLC, it invests in for-profit entities. Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife, Pam, established Omidyar Network based on the belief that every person has the potential to make a difference. The organization's headquarters are in Redwood City, CA. Omidyar Network also has employees in the UK, based in London, and in Mumbai, India, including Stephen King, the former head of the BBC World Trust. The managing partner of Omidyar Network is Matt Bannick, the former general manager of eBay International. Stephen King, ex-BBC World
    10.00
    1 votes
    76
    Paul Matteucci

    Paul Matteucci

    Paul's passion is for creating jobs for people and their families. Small businesses are by far the major source of job creation in the U.S. and, increasingly, worldwide. His strengths include organization operations and team-building and market strategy.

    Prior to USVP, Paul was CEO of HearMe, taking that company public in 1998. His two decades of operations experience include eight years with Adaptec, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the SCSI host adapter division. Paul served as a Resident Entrepreneur for Institutional Venture Partners in 1995 and was an advisor to Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures in the 1990s. Paul received an M.B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins and a B.A. from the University of the Pacific. He is currently on the boards of Homestead, Intransa, LimeLife, Piczo, PodTech, Trovix, W5 and Winster, and is a board observer on LV Sensors.



    10.00
    1 votes
    77
    Paul Thelen

    Paul Thelen

    Paul Thelen is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Big Fish Games. He has an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Thelen has more than 20 years experience working in technology. Big Fish Games is the largest portal for downloadable games in the world, distributing in excess of 1.5 million games per day. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1985, Thelen started his career as a Systems Engineer with the Seattle Marketing and Sales office of IBM. After four years at IBM, Thelen left to join a small wholesale food distribution mainframe software developer to start a systems integration division for the 12 person company. While at Stanford University, Thelen focused his studies on technology and marketing and then entered the field of strategic business consulting for Mercer Management Consulting. At Mercer, Thelen worked on developing targeted customer marketing solutions and customer database mining programs for several companies including First Interstate Bank (acquired by Wells Fargo) and Sprint Telecommunications. Acting on his desire to get back into the trenches with a
    10.00
    1 votes
    78
    Sutter Hill Ventures

    Sutter Hill Ventures

    Sutter Hill Ventures has financed technology-based start-ups and assisted entrepreneurs in building market-leading companies since 1964. Through our decades of experience, we have developed strong industry networks, considerable operating and venture capital experience, and an understanding of the challenges that early-stage and high-growth companies face. We offer expertise in developing business strategy and partnerships, building management teams, and financing companies in both public and private markets. We are experienced operating executives who love building companies. Our approach is straightforward. We have a collegial and uncomplicated operating style that is direct and results-driven. We work as a team to respond quickly to new investment proposals and to our portfolio companies' needs. Once we invest in a company, we bring to bear our time, expertise, and extensive industry networks to help these companies succeed. Building companies is our top priority and our favorite occupation. We have structured Sutter Hill to allow us to invest in a focused portfolio of early-stage companies and build value for the long-term. We're always available to our CEOs and founders as advisors and mentors ready with practical and strategic advice from our own venture capital and operating experiences. We don't insist on winning every argument, but we will always tell you what we think. We also have a network of executives, advisors, and support infrastructure to help our portfolio get going in the right direction quickly. As former line managers ourselves, we know the vision, energy and commitment that building a successful company requires. We strive to build partnerships with entrepreneurs that combine dedicated support from Sutter Hill with trust that the teams we back can make good decisions and execute on the details. Our limited partners have committed long-term support to our evergreen fund which allows us to make long-term commitments to our companies. In addition, a significant portion of every dollar we invest is our own money, and each one of us participates in every investment. This direct investment reinforces each partner's commitment to every company in our portfolio and ensures that we bring every available resource to bear in helping our companies succeed.
    10.00
    1 votes
    79
    VeriSign

    VeriSign

    Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is an American company based in Reston, Virginia that operates a diverse array of network infrastructure, including two of the Internet's thirteen root nameservers, the authoritative registry for the .com, .net, and .name generic top-level domains and the .cc and .tv country-code top-level domains, and the back-end systems for the .jobs, and .edu top-level domains. Verisign also offers a range of security services, including managed DNS, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation and cyber-threat reporting. In 2010, Verisign sold its authentication business unit – which included SSL (secure socket layer), PKI (public key infrastructure), Verisign Trust Seal, and Verisign Identity Protection (VIP) services – to Symantec for $1.28 billion. The deal capped a multi-year effort by Verisign to narrow its focus to its core infrastructure and security business units. Verisign's former CFO Brian Robins announced in August 2010 that the company would move from its original domicile of Mountain View, California to Dulles in Northern Virginia by 2011 due to 95% of the company's business being on the East Coast. Verisign was founded in 1995 as a spin-off of
    10.00
    1 votes
    80
    Accel Partners

    Accel Partners

    Accel Partners is a venture capital firm that has been dedicated for over 25 years to supporting entrepreneurs who possess the unique insight to define new categories and build world-class technology companies. These entrepreneurs have led fundamental industry transformations rather than followed predefined market trends. Accel deeply shares our entrepreneur's passion for fundamental uniqueness and their courage to be first.

    This emphasis on leadership has engendered category defining companies that have reshaped their industries and in many cases created entirely new sectors. Accel-backed companies have sparked many of the most significant revolutions in technology businesses, such as: Veritas Software, RealNetworks, UUNet, Macromedia, PictureTel, Foundry Networks, Walmart.com, and many others.
    6.50
    4 votes
    81
    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

    The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (French: Banque Canadienne Impériale de Commerce, commonly CIBC in either official language) is one of Canada's chartered banks, fifth largest by deposits. The bank is headquartered at Commerce Court in Toronto, Ontario. CIBC's Institution Number (or bank number) is 010, and its SWIFT code is CIBCCATT. The bank's two strategic business units, CIBC World Markets and CIBC Retail Markets, also have international operations in the United States, the Caribbean, Asia and the United Kingdom. Globally, CIBC serves more than eleven million clients, and has over 40,000 employees. The company ranks at number 172 on the Forbes Global 2000 listing. CIBC was named the strongest bank in Canada and North America, and the 3rd strongest bank in the world, by Bloomberg Markets magazine, in May 2012. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as it is known today, came into being in 1961. The bank was formed through the merger of the Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada. At the time, they were two of Canada's largest banks. The Canadian Bank of Commerce opened for business on May 15, 1867 in Toronto and was founded by the Honourable William
    6.50
    4 votes
    82
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is an American multinational banking corporation of securities, investments and retail. It is the largest bank in the United States by assets. It is a major provider of financial services, with assets of $2 trillion and according to Forbes magazine is the world's second largest public company based on a composite ranking. The hedge fund unit of JPMorgan Chase is one of the largest hedge funds in the United States. It was formed in 2000, when Chase Manhattan Corporation merged with J.P. Morgan & Co. The J.P. Morgan brand is used by the investment banking as well as the asset management, private banking, private wealth management and treasury & securities services divisions. Fiduciary activity within private banking and private wealth management is done under the aegis of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.—the actual trustee. The Chase brand is used for credit card services in the United States and Canada, the bank's retail banking activities in the United States, and commercial banking. The corporate headquarters are in 270 Park Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan, New York City, New York, and the retail and commercial bank is headquartered in Chase Tower, Chicago
    6.50
    4 votes
    83
    Lance Armstrong

    Lance Armstrong

    Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson; September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after having survived testicular cancer. He is also the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support. He last rode for UCI ProTeam Team RadioShack, a team he helped found. In October 1996 he was diagnosed as having testicular cancer with a tumor that had metastasized to his brain and lungs. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and extensive chemotherapy, and his prognosis was originally poor. He went on to win the Tour de France each year from 1999 to 2005, and is the only person to win seven times having broken the previous record of five wins shared by Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx, and Jacques Anquetil. In 1999, he was named the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. In 2000 he won the Prince of Asturias Award in Sports. In 2002, Sports Illustrated magazine named him Sportsman of the Year. He was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the years 2002–2005. He received ESPN's ESPY Award for Best Male
    6.50
    4 votes
    84
    Enterprise Partners

    Enterprise Partners

    Enterprise Partners is a venture capital firm with over $1.1 billion in capital under management. It was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in La Jolla California. Enterprise focuses on seed, early stage and promising later stage companies across a broad spectrum of technologies and the life sciences. The firm is currently investing its sixth fund. Among their portfolio companies is Muze, a B2B provider of media information and digital media content management technology for retail concerns and other businesses.
    8.50
    2 votes
    85
    Honda Motor Company, Ltd

    Honda Motor Company, Ltd

    Honda Motor Company, Ltd. (本田技研工業株式会社, Honda Giken Kōgyō KK, IPA: [honꜜda] ( listen);  /ˈhɒndə/) (TYO: 7267) is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. Honda surpassed Nissan in 2001 to become the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer. As of August 2008, Honda surpassed Chrysler as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. Honda was the seventh largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen AG, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, and Nissan in 2010. Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to release a dedicated luxury brand, Acura, in 1986. Aside from their core automobile and motorcycle businesses, Honda also manufactures garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft and power generators, amongst others. Since 1986, Honda has been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and
    8.50
    2 votes
    86
    Mark Amin

    Mark Amin

    Mark Amin is an Iranian-American motion picture producer and distributor. He formed Vidmark Entertainment in the early 1980s which handled mainly video releases, and was a pioneer in home video entertainment. In 1985, Amin changed the name of Vidmark to Trimark Holdings Inc. This company eventually formed home video divisions, as well as Trimark Pictures, Amin's own independent theatrical motion picture production and distribution company. As Chairman and CEO of Trimark Pictures, Amin's company specialized in producing and distributing genre films including Demonwarp (1988) starring Academy Award winning actor, George Kennedy, which was the first film executive produced by Amin, Warlock (1988) starring Julian Sands in the title role, which followed with a successful 1993 sequel, Warlock: The Armageddon (1993). Other noteworthy films that Amin distributed under his Trimark banner to great success included Leprechaun (1993), which spawned five sequels; The Dentist (1996), which became a surprise hit on HBO, Eve's Bayou (1996) starring Samuel L. Jackson and Frida (2002), which was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two. In 2000 Trimark Pictures merged with Lionsgate
    8.50
    2 votes
    87
    OCA Venture Partners

    OCA Venture Partners

    OCA Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology, financial services, for-profit education and technology-enabled services. OCA Ventures believes that venture capital investing is successful when a strong partnership is forged with the entrepreneurs in which it invests. This active partnership approach is how OCA Ventures manages financial and operational risk.

    OCA Ventures is backed by the entrepreneurs who founded and built O'Connor & Associates, the derivatives trading firm that was acquired by Swiss Bank (subsequently UBS). OCA Ventures is based in Chicago and has investments throughout the United States.
    8.50
    2 votes
    88
    Redpoint

    Redpoint

    Redpoint Ventures was formed in 1999 with partners from Brentwood Venture Capital and Institutional Venture Partners, two firms that have been successfully investing in technology since the early days of venture capital. This gives the company a deep bench of experienced partners with success in building companies throughout the technology industry. The partners all have established track records—from early investments in industry pioneers like TiVo, NetFlix, Ask Jeeves, Foundry Networks and Juniper Networks to exciting new companies such as MySpace, Calix, MobiTV, BigBand Networks, Fortinet, Right Media and HomeAway. With a critical mass of partners in each area of focus, Redpoint brings the full weight of the partnership to every endeavor. This collective experience provides the partners with keen judgment on how to get things done right and insight into where things might go wrong.Redpoint was founded with a single vision;   Partner with exceptional entrepreneurs to help build companies that define industries and shape the future.  Redpoint brings more than just capital. It has 100 collective years of experience and over $2 billion under management—including 34 IPOs and 54 upside acquisitions.Redpoint partners with entrepreneurs every step of the way, bringing deep market knowledge and contacts as well as operational expertise. The company strives to be the entrepreneur's closest and most loyal ally by being hands on and doing whatever it takes to succeed.    Redpoint provides our companies with access to an expansive network of business leaders and seasoned executives. Entrepreneurs leverage these relationships to find new team members, forge strategic partnerships and identify customers.Redpoint partners have spent years developing domain and market expertise. This knowledge enables them to have a meaningful impact on companies that are tackling entirely new markets or redefining established ones. This knowledge also allows each partner to continually sharpen their point of view on where markets are heading. 
    8.50
    2 votes
    89
    Worldview Technology Partners

    Worldview Technology Partners

    Worldview Technology Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in and building leading U.S. technology companies. Our comprehensive, industry-leading business development services help our portfolio companies succeed in U.S. and international markets.

    With a 12-year track record of successful technology investing and close to $1.4 billion under management, the Worldview team—now on our fourth fund—has both the experience and the resources to invest in a broad range of information technology markets, including communications, semiconductors, enterprise infrastructure and software.

    We’re proven.
    Our team has earned a reputation for investing in winning companies. These successes include AFC, Ciena, Corvis, Cyras, DigitalThink, MMC, NVIDIA, Redstone, Silicon Spice, Simplex Solutions, Tellium, Tivoli and WFI. Our partners’ investments have led to 25 IPOs and more than ten successful acquisitions.

    We offer insight and expertise.
    Worldview’s partners bring diverse insights gained by years of experience as successful entrepreneurs, technology investors and executives in both start-ups and established firms. Our focused, long-term investment strategy in communications, semiconductor, enterprise infrastructure and software companies has helped us build deep technology and industry expertise.

    We add value at all stages.
    We work side-by-side with company management through all stages of a portfolio company’s growth. Because of our team approach and extensive business development efforts, Worldview typically devotes more people to helping build a company than any other venture capital firm. This close connection provides us with deeper insight into a portfolio company’s business and enables us to be more effective at:
    • providing strategic guidance at the board level
    • recruiting senior management
    • gathering and analyzing customer feedback
    • providing a range of business development services

    We open doors to global markets.
    Worldview’s dedicated business development teams in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Asia actively help a portfolio company build a global pipeline of partners and customers. We:

    • build international operations
    • introduce portfolio companies to key decision makers
    • help build channel partnerships
    • faciliate customer and strategic relationships

    This directly impacts a portfolio company’s bottom line by enabling them to efficiently generate global revenues faster than they would have otherwise.

    We’re connected.
    Our portfolio companies can call upon our global network of industry leaders and entrepreneurs for guidance, contacts, and a rich source of potential partners and customers.

    8.50
    2 votes
    90
    Macrovision

    Macrovision

    Rovi Corporation is a United States-based company that provides guidance technology, entertainment data, copy protection, industry standard networking and media management technology for digital entertainment devices and services. Its customers include consumer electronics manufacturers, cable television and satellite television operators, movie studios and online entertainment portals and content distributors. Rovi was known as Macrovision Solutions Corporation (Macrovision) until it changed its name in July 2009. Rovi was established under the name Macrovision Corporation in 1983. The 1984 film The Cotton Club was the first video to be encoded with Macrovision technology when it was released in 1985. By the end of the 1980s, most major Hollywood studios were utilizing their services. The technology was extended to DVD players and other consumer electronic recording and playback devices such as digital cable and satellite set-top boxes, digital video recorders, and personal media players. Macrovision subsequently introduced products and services for facilitating access control and secure distribution of other forms of digital media, including music, video games, Web text and
    7.33
    3 votes
    91
    Packet Design

    Packet Design

    Packet Design, Inc., develops and markets network solutions that leverage the distributed intelligence of the Internet Protocol (IP) to enhance the reliability, efficiency and predictability of IP networks. Our unique IP routing and traffic analysis solutions enable unprecedented visibility, analysis and diagnosis of an enterprise or service provider’s IP network, improving network availability and performance while reducing operating costs and delivering a strong ROI.
    7.33
    3 votes
    92
    Time Warner

    Time Warner

    Time Warner Inc. (formerly AOL Time Warner) is an American multinational media corporation headquartered in the Time Warner Center in New York City. As of mid-2010, it was the world's second largest media and entertainment conglomerate in terms of revenue (behind Disney), as well as the world's largest media conglomerate. Two formerly separate companies, Warner Communications, Inc. and Time Inc. (along with the assets of a third company, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.), form the current Time Warner, with major operations in film, television and publishing. Among its subsidiaries are New Line Cinema, Time Inc., HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, The CW Television Network, TheWB.com, Warner Bros., Kids' WB, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, CNN, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and Castle Rock Entertainment. The company previously had telecommunications assets through Time Warner Cable and AOL, but in 2009 they were spun off from Time Warner into independent companies. In 1972, Kinney National Company spun off its non-entertainment assets due to a financial scandal over its parking operations and renamed itself Warner Communications Inc. It was the
    7.33
    3 votes
    93
    Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

    Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

    Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbaŋko βilˈβao βiθˈkaʝa arxenˈtaɾja], or BBVA, is a multinational Spanish banking group. It was formed in 1999 from the merger of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and Argentaria, both of which in turn had previously amalgamated three important banks in Spain, namely Banco de Bilbao, Banco de Vizcaya, Banco Exterior de España and the state-owned Caja Postal de Ahorros, with other minor entities. BBVA is the second largest bank in Spain. The bank has recently focused on overseas expansion, and now operates in 40 countries. Like many other Spanish companies, it enjoys a dominant position in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. It also has a strong presence in southern European countries, especially Portugal and Italy, and has expanded into the United States and in Asia. BBVA’s story began in 1857 when the Spanish Board of Trade sponsored the creation of Banco de Bilbao as a currency-issuing and discount bank. Until the 1890s it was practically the only bank in the Basque Country. In the second half of the 19th century Banco de Bilbao played a leading role in operations involving infrastructure projects and development of the
    6.25
    4 votes
    94
    Brad Feld

    Brad Feld

    Brad Feld is currently a Managing Director at Foundry Group, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on the information technology sector. He is also a Managing Director at Mobius Venture Capital.

    Prior to Mobius, Brad founded Feld Technologies, which was sold to AmeriData Technologies in 1993, where he became Chief Technology Officer. Brad currently serves on the boards of a number of private companies, including ePartners, FeedBurner, Gold Systems, Judy's Book, NewsGator, Rally Software, and StillSecure. In addition, he is on the board of The National Center for Women & Information Technology, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and The Colorado Conservation Trust. Brad has previously been a member of the board of directors of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and founded the Boston and Colorado chapters. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Brad loves to read, is an avid marathoner, believes computers are his friend, is happily married to an amazing person, has two gigantic golden retrievers (Denali and Kenai), and tries to enjoy himself every day as he subscribes to the "you only get one chance" view of life.
    6.25
    4 votes
    95
    Mark Surfas

    Mark Surfas

    Mark Surfas founded GameSpy Industries, a network of computer and video game Web sites and online video game-related services. He was the majority owner, CEO and Chairman of the board until its acquisition by Great Hill Partners and IGN Entertainment in March 2004. Mark is now an investor and board member of numerous technology startups, as well as President and co-founder of California Stem Cell. Marks' early interest in online communications led to authoring "Running a Perfect Website with Windows", and "Intranet HTML", both on the Que imprint of MacMillan. Both books were used as college text books at scattered universities across the U.S.
    6.25
    4 votes
    96
    SDL Capital

    SDL Capital

    The strategy for SDL Ventures is to focus on early stage investments offering clear technical differentiation and a strong founder team. A majority of SDL Ventures' investments have involved optical technology. Additional investments have also been made in the medical, alternative energy and Internet-related industries. Since its inception, SDL Ventures has been involved with over twenty financings in fourteen companies. SDL Ventures is the lead investor for half of these companies. In mid-2005, one of these companies, Photonic Power, accomplished a successful exit via an acquisition.
    6.25
    4 votes
    97
    Dado Banatao

    Dado Banatao

    Peter (born May 23, 1946, Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines), popularly known by his nickname Dado, is a Filipino entrepreneur and engineer working in the high-tech industry. A three-time start-up veteran, he co-founded Mostron (motherboards), Chips and Technologies (PC chip sets, eventually acquired by Intel), and S3 Graphics (originally 2D graphics chips, later formed a joint venture with VIA Technologies). On April 4, 2009, he received an honoris causa in Doctor of Technology in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the computer industry conferred by the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology after speaking at the 39th Commencement Exercises in Iligan City, Philippines.
    7.00
    3 votes
    98
    General American Transportation Corporation

    General American Transportation Corporation

    GATX Corporation (NYSE: GMT) is an equipment finance company based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1898, GATX's primary activities consist of railcar operating leasing in North America and Europe. In addition, GATX leases locomotives in North America, and also has significant investments in industrial equipment and marine assets, including ownership of the American Steamship Company, which operates on the Great Lakes. The CEO/Chairman is Brian A. Kenney. GATX is one of several major North American rail operating lessors, and measured by fleet size, ranks as number two in this market behind GE Rail Services. Other major North American rail operating lessors include CIT, First Union, Union Tank Car Company, Trinity Industries Leasing, ARL, and Helm Financial. GATX derives its name from its primary reporting mark for its North American railcars, "GATX". The mark itself was derived from GATX's prior corporate name, "General American Transportation". Since all non-railroad owners of railcars must append an "X" to the end of their mark, GAT became GATX. GATX mainly applies the GATX mark to tank cars, although the mark has been used in other examples such as with hoppers; GATX's primary
    7.00
    3 votes
    99
    Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners

    Greylock's strategy is to partner with management in building companies that have the potential to become industry leaders. We prefer to build around an outstanding entrepreneurial leader or team with a powerful technology and market vision. We tend to focus on capital-efficient businesses where high barriers to entry can be constructed, and we work closely with the start-up team to build the organization.

    Other key aspects to our approach include:

    A Focus on Early-Stage/First Outside-Capital Investments
    • Leveraging our company-building expertise, operational experience, and domain knowledge.
    • Committing significant resources and time to help make our companies successful.

    A Values-Based Philosophy
    • Seeking partnership built around integrity, honesty, and teamwork
    • Maintaining our belief in the entrepreneur as "Star" and Greylock as "Invited Guest"
    • Seeking to be a long-term partner

    A Focus on High-Value Sectors and Creating Significant, Long Lasting Companies
    • Consumer technology and Internet
    • Enterprise information technology
    • Communications
    • Select other outstanding opportunities

    Across our investments, one thing that remains constant: Our entrepreneurs deserve and get the credit, while we are a key resource to help build their company. We are company builders who partner closely with our entrepreneurs and put in the time and hard work that is needed to create world-class companies.
    7.00
    3 votes
    100
    James Currier

    James Currier

    James Currier is the Founder and President of Tickle, Inc. James graduated from Princeton in 1990. He worked for GTE New Ventures in Hollywood until 1992, funding broadband service startups in the entertainment industry. He then worked at STAR TV in Hong Kong. Beginning in 1994, he was an associate at Battery Ventures funding early stage software and communications companies. He received his MBA from Harvard in 1999, graduating with distinction.
    7.00
    3 votes
    101
    Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant

    Naval Ravikant is the chairman of Vast.com and previously founded Genoa Corporation (acquired by Finisar) and Epinions (which went public as part of Shopping.com). Previously, he was a venture partner at August Capital and led investments in Scintera, Neopath, Technorati, Microdisplay, DeviceScape, and Mimosa. Startups Naval has helped and advised in areas ranging from founding to product design to fundraising include iPivot (sold to Intel), Intrinsic Graphics, Andale, XFire (sold to Viacom), HedgeStreet, Engage, Photo.net, LoyaltyLab, Jaman, Hive7, Dulance (sold to Google), and Bix (sold to Yahoo!). Naval currently manages a small fund focused on early-stage social media investments and co-authors Venturehacks.com.
    7.00
    3 votes
    102
    NCD Investors

    NCD Investors

    Northgate Capital was formed in the late 1990's with one goal: to provide institutional and family investors with superior identification of and unsurpassed global access to a very select group of alternative investment opportunities. Today, with a strong and growing group of top institutional and family investors, and a global footprint with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, Northgate is delivering on this aspiration.
    7.00
    3 votes
    103
    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, United States, that designs, manufactures, and sells networking equipment. The stock was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average on June 8, 2009, and is also included in the S&P 500 Index, the Russell 1000 Index, NASDAQ 100 Index and the Russell 1000 Growth Stock Index. Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner, a married couple who worked as computer operations staff members at Stanford University, later joined by Richard Troiano, founded Cisco Systems in 1984. Lerner briefly moved on to direct computer services at Schlumberger, but returned full-time to Cisco in 1987. The name "Cisco" was derived from the city name, San Francisco, which is why the company's engineers insisted on using the lower case "cisco" in the early days. For Cisco's first product, Bosack adapted multiple-protocol router software originally written some years before by William Yeager, another Stanford employee who later joined Sun Microsystems. The company's first CEO was Bill Graves, who held the position from 1987 to 1988. In 1988, John Morgridge was appointed CEO. On February 16, 1990, Cisco Systems went public
    6.00
    4 votes
    104
    Cox Communications

    Cox Communications

    Cox Communications (also known as Cox Cable and formerly Cox Broadcasting Corporation and Dimension Cable Services) is a privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television, telecommunications and wireless services in the United States. It is the third-largest cable television provider in the United States, serving more than 6.2 million customers, including 2.9 million digital cable subscribers, 3.5 million Internet subscribers, and almost 3.2 million digital telephone subscribers, making it the seventh-largest telephone carrier in the country. Cox is headquartered at 1400 Lake Hearn Drive in Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S., in the Atlanta metro area. One of its marketing trademarks is a fictional animated "spokesman" character named Digital Max, used from 2005 through 2008. The phasing out of Digital Max in 2008 was followed by the introduction of the current Cox mascots, the "Digeez," little digital helpmates featured in many of Cox Communications brand commercials. The new little helpers, dressed in all white with blue goggles and hands, closely resemble the main character from the 1982 arcade game, "Dig Dug". Cox Enterprises expanded into the cable
    8.00
    2 votes
    105
    Fidelity Ventures

    Fidelity Ventures

    Fidelity Ventures is the venture capital arm of Fidelity Investments. Based in Boston, Massachusetts and London, Fidelity Ventures invests in emerging technology companies in North America and Europe. Their focus is on the go-to-market stage, where companies have products and early customer traction. Fidelity Ventures manages $1.5B in assets. The former U.S. team of Fidelity Ventures has established Volition Capital in Boston, MA. The Fidelity Ventures operation based in London is now called Fidelity Growth Partners Europe. The managing partner of Fidelity Ventures is Rob Ketterson.
    8.00
    2 votes
    106
    NESTA

    NESTA

    The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is an independent endowment in the United Kingdom established by an Act of Parliament in 1998. The company acts through a combination of practical programmes, early stage investment, research and policy, and the formation of partnerships to foster innovation and deliver radical new ideas. Funded by a £250 million endowment from the UK National Lottery, NESTA uses the interest from that endowment to fund and support its projects. On 14 October 2010 the Government announced that it will transfer NESTA's status from an executive non-departmental public body to a charitable body. NESTA's work to tackle social and economic issues in the UK at no cost to the taxpayer will continue. NESTA currently operates in three areas: NESTA's Policy and Research team publishes a wide range of research papers designed for policy makers. Most recently it contributed to James Dyson's Ingenious Britain report, and published a series of research papers—The Vital 6 Percent, Attacking the Recession, and Mass Localism—that influenced all of the three major party manifestos in the UK general election in 2010. The company also has a venture
    8.00
    2 votes
    107
    CBS

    CBS

    CBS Broadcasting Inc. (CBS) is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network, and continues to operate a radio network and a portfolio of large market television and radio stations. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. It is the second largest broadcaster in the world behind the BBC. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of the company's logo. It has also been called the "Tiffany Network," which alludes to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of its founder William S. Paley. It can also refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc., a collection of 16 radio stations that was bought by William S. Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States and then one of the big three American broadcast television networks. In 1974, CBS dropped its
    9.00
    1 votes
    108
    Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson

    Fred Wilson (born August 20, 1961) is a New York-based venture capitalist and blogger. Due to his successful investment track record and community involvement, he is recognized as a leading voice of the venture capital finance community. Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm with investments in Web 2.0 companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga and 10gen. In 1996, Wilson co-founded Flatiron Partners with his partner Jerry Colonna. Flatiron, named after the Flatiron District, became a successful, primarily follow-on investment fund in the New York City area, with investments in notable Dot-com bubble successes and failures including Alacra, comScore Networks, Yoyodyne, Geocities, Kozmo.com, New York Times Digital, PlanetOut, Return Path, Scout electromedia, Standard Media International, Starmedia, and VitaminShoppe.com. The firm's 1996 fund capitalized at $150 million with two investors: SOFTBANK Technology Ventures and Chase Capital Partners, the private-equity arm of Chase Manhattan Corp. The firm later raised another fund capitalized at $500 million with Chase Capital Partners as the sole active LP. In 2001, Wilson
    9.00
    1 votes
    109
    Granite Ventures

    Granite Ventures

    Granite Ventures has been helping early-stage technology companies build solid foundations for success since 1992. We focus our investments on two sectors where our partners have deep domain expertise, broad industry knowledge, and significant investment experience: Communications and Components and Software.

    Granite has managed over $1 billion in venture capital and has invested in more than 90 private companies. We partner with promising and successful entrepreneurs to create businesses that have a competitive edge and help them achieve category leadership.

    Our team has been involved with some of the most dynamic and successful companies in the technology world. We have founded companies, held senior executive positions inside notable corporations, bought and sold companies, and guided our investments through significant milestones including Initial Public Offerings. In short, we understand what entrepreneurs are experiencing because we have been there. We know what it takes to build a viable business that can survive in the public markets because weâve done that. And we help companies map out their future ö whether itâs going public or getting acquired. An investment from Granite provides access to our collective expertise.

    Granite's team of investment professionals has a history of backing leading companies, including: Digimarc (NASDAQ:DMRC), DigitalThink (acquired by Convergys Systems), InfoGear (acquired by Cisco), Internap (AMEX:IIP), NetBoost (acquired by Intel), Nexabit (acquired by Lucent), Siebel Systems (NASDAQ:SEBL), Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR), SnapTrack (acquired by QUALCOMM), Tumbleweed Communications (NASDAQ:TMWD) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN).

    9.00
    1 votes
    110
    Hyperion Solutions

    Hyperion Solutions

    Hyperion Solutions Corporation was a business performance management software company, located in Santa Clara, California, USA, that was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2007. Many of its products were targeted at the business intelligence (BI) and business performance management markets, and as of 2012 are still actively developed and sold by Oracle as Oracle Hyperion products. Hyperion Solutions was formed from the merger of Hyperion Software (formerly IMRS) and Arbor Software in 1998. Oracle Corporation announced on March 1, 2007 that it had agreed to purchase Hyperion Solutions Corporation for $3.3 billion in cash. The transaction was completed on April 18, 2007 and Hyperion now operates as a subsidiary of Oracle. Vendors in the business intelligence space are often categorized into: Well-known BI market surveys and analyses include: Hyperion software products include:
    9.00
    1 votes
    111
    Jon Feltheimer

    Jon Feltheimer

    Jon Feltheimer (born 2 September 1951 in Brooklyn, New York) is the Chief Executive Officer of Lions Gate Entertainment and has held that position since 2000. Feltheimer's has led Lionsgate to grow into the leading Canadian independent filmed entertainment studio. Feltheimer received a BA in economics with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. Jon has 4 children. He also has many nephews who live in the outskirts of L.A.
    9.00
    1 votes
    112
    Josh Kopelman

    Josh Kopelman

    Joshua Kopelman is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist. Kopelman is best known as the founder of Half.com, a fixed price marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of used books, movies and music products. In 2000, Kopelman sold Half.com to EBay for US $350 million. Kopelman was born in Great Neck, New York. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992, during his sophomore year, Josh co-founded Infonautics Corporation – an Internet information company. In 1996, Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Kopelman left Infonautics in 1999 to found Half.com. After selling Half.com to eBay, Kopelman remained with eBay for three years. In 2001 Josh and his wife created the Kopelman Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on angel philanthropy to provide “start-up” grants to social entrepreneurs. In 2002 the Kopelman Foundation funded a project to digitize and host the complete text of the Jewish Encyclopedia online. In 2005, together with Adnan Aziz and Jay Minkoff, Kopelman founded First Flavor, a taste marketing company. He is now on the board of directors for First Flavor. Kopelman is currently Managing
    9.00
    1 votes
    113
    Kevin Hartz

    Kevin Hartz

    Kevin Hartz is currently CEO of EventBrite Corporation, a service for event holders and attendees. Kevin was previously Co-Founder and CEO of Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company providing money transfer services to over 30 countries worldwide. Kevin began his career as a product manager at Silicon Graphics (SGI) and later co-founded ConnectGroup, a start-up providing high-speed Internet access to the hotel industry. ConnectGroup was acquired by Lodgenet (NASDAQ: LNET) in 1998. Kevin then joined Outlook Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing on seed and early stage technology companies. Outlook Ventures is a $140 million San Francisco-based fund whose seed investments included Overture and DotBank, both acquired by Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO). Mr. Hartz holds a BA and BS from Stanford University, as well as an MA from Oxford University (University College). He has been an active early stage investor and advisor to startups including PayPal (NASDAQ: EBAY) and Friendster.

    9.00
    1 votes
    114
    Robert Glaser

    Robert Glaser

    Rob Glaser (born January 16, 1962) is the founder of RealNetworks (1994) which produces RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer, and Helix, among other products and services. Before founding RealNetworks, he had become a millionaire by working for Microsoft for ten years. Glaser, while Chief Executive of RealNetworks, clashed repeatedly with Tony Fadell, widely known as the Godfather of the iPhone and iPod, who then left the company after 5 weeks and went on to founding the products for Apple. Glaser is a graduate of Yale University with an MA degree in Economics and a BS degree in Computer Science. On June 16, 2004, Glaser received the Music Visionary Award, along with EMI Vice Chairman David Munns, from the Music for Youth Foundation, and the United Jewish Appeal. Glaser was the 22nd largest individual donor to 527 groups in the 2004 US election, donating over $2.2 million to pro-Democratic organizations. He was the leading creditor to Air America Radio, loaning at least $9.8 million according to its bankruptcy filing. Since June 2010, Glaser has been a partner at global venture firm, Accel Partners, focusing on digital media technology, social media, and mobile service investments.
    9.00
    1 votes
    115
    Steve Krausz

    Steve Krausz

    Steve has been involved with USVP's investments in Checkpoint Software, Harmonic Lightwaves and Stratacom. He serves on the boards of Asempra, Force 10 Networks, Imperva, Kasenna, Megapath, MontaVista, National Banana, Occam Networks, Sierra Monolithics, Synfora, Vontu, Xirrus and Xponent. Steve has led the firm's investments in Accelerated Networks, Applied Digital Access, Elantec, MicroLinear, Occam Networks, and Xylan. The father of two, Steve serves on the board of Woodside Priory School and is a former executive board member of the National Venture Capital Association. An avid skier, Steve enjoys travel with his family. When time permits, his reading interests include world history, especially the Middle East and Asia. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
    9.00
    1 votes
    116
    University of South Carolina

    University of South Carolina

    The University of South Carolina (also referred to as USC, SC, or Carolina) is a public, co-educational research university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, with 7 surrounding satellite campuses. Its historic campus covers over 359 acres (145 ha) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The University has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its research and engagement, has received a Top-10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report for being "most promising and innovative," and for decades has received annual recognition for its prestigious undergraduate and graduate International Business programs. It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside of Scotland, and the largest collection of Ernest Hemingway collection in the world. Founded in 1801, USC is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and offers more than 350 programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from fourteen degree-granting colleges and schools to an enrollment of approximately 45,251 students, 30,967 on the main Columbia campus. USC also has several thousand
    9.00
    1 votes
    117
    Wachovia

    Wachovia

    Wachovia (former NYSE ticker symbol WB) was a diversified financial services company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before its acquisition by Wells Fargo in 2008, Wachovia was the fourth-largest bank holding company in the United States based on total assets. Wachovia provided a broad range of banking, asset management, wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services. At its height, it was one of the largest providers of financial services in the United States, operating financial centers in 21 states and Washington, D.C., with locations from Connecticut to Florida and west to California. Wachovia provided global services through more than 40 offices around the world. The purchase of Wachovia by Wells Fargo and Company was completed on December 31, 2008. Wells Fargo acquired Wachovia after a government-forced sale to avoid a failure of Wachovia. Starting in 2009, the Wachovia brand was absorbed into the Wells Fargo brand in a process that lasted three years. On October 15, 2011, the Wachovia brand was retired when the last bank branches in North Carolina were converted to Wells Fargo. The company was organized into four divisions: General Bank
    9.00
    1 votes
    118
    Bandel L. Carano

    Bandel L. Carano

    Bandel L. Carano joined Oak as a General Partner in 1985. Bandel has invested in companies with emphasis on design automation (Centric Software, Interconnectix, Parametric, Synopsys and Tensilica); telecommunications (2Wire, Airspan, Avici, CommVerge, CoreTek, Endwave, FiberTower, General Bandwidth, Metawave, NeoPhotonics, Netopia, PictureTel, Polycom, PulsePoint, Qtera, ReliOn, Sentient Networks, Tegic, Trapeze, Wellfleet and WFI); software (Entropic, firstRain, Illustra/Informix, Sybase, Tele Atlas and Visto); and advanced semiconductors (Actel, Airgo, CommQuest, Kenet, Level 5, NemeriX, Newport Media, nLight, Plastic Logic, Resonext, SMIC, Solarflare, Stretch, Synaptics and Virata). Prior to Oak, Bandel worked with Morgan Stanley's Venture Capital Group. He was responsible for advising Morgan Stanley on high-tech new business development, as well as sponsoring venture investments. Bandel received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund
    6.67
    3 votes
    119
    Chevron Corporation

    Chevron Corporation

    Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is an American multinational energy corporation headquartered in San Ramon, California, United States and active in more than 180 countries. It is engaged in every aspect of the oil, gas, and geothermal energy industries, including exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation. Chevron is one of the world's six "supermajor" oil companies. For the past five years, Chevron has been continuously ranked as one of America's five largest corporations by Fortune 500 and it is currently ranked in eight place. In 2011 it was named the 16th largest public company in the world by Forbes Global 2000. Chevron is one of the largest corporations in the world by revenue. Chevron traditionally traces its roots to an oil discovery in Pico Canyon (now the Pico Canyon Oilfield) north of Los Angeles. The discovery led to the formation, in 1879, of the Pacific Coast Oil Company (also known as "Coast Oil"), the oldest predecessor of Chevron Corporation. In 1895, Coast Oil initiated its enduring marine history when it launched California's first steel tanker, the George Loomis, which could ship 6,500
    6.67
    3 votes
    120
    IBM

    IBM

    International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. The company was founded in 1911 as the Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) through a merger of three companies: the Tabulating Machine Company, the International Time Recording Company, and the Computing Scale Company. CTR adopted the name International Business Machines in 1924, using a name previously designated to CTR's subsidiary in Canada and later South America. Its distinctive culture and product branding has given it the nickname Big Blue. In 2012, Fortune ranked IBM the #2 largest U.S. firm in terms of number of employees (433,362), the #4 largest in terms of market capitalization, the #9 most profitable, and the #19 largest firm in terms of revenue. Globally, the company was ranked the #31 largest in terms of revenue by Forbes for 2011. Other rankings for 2011/2012 include #1 company for leaders (Fortune), #1 green
    6.67
    3 votes
    121
    Mark Jung

    Mark Jung

    Mark Jung is VUDU's Chief Executive Officer. Having spent 20 years as a leader in the technology industry and the last several years as a force in the convergence of media and technology, Mark is uniquely skilled to guide VUDU's rapid expansion.  As CEO, Mark oversees the definition and implementation of the company's strategic and operational goals. Prior to joining VUDU, Mark was the co-founder and CEO of IGN Entertainment, a leading Internet media and services company for video gaming and other forms of digital entertainment. Mark led IGN, founded in 1999, from a small start-up to an entertainment powerhouse with millions of users and a strong subscription business. In October 2005, Mark led IGN's sale to News Corp., the parent company of Fox Interactive Media. Subsequent to the acquisition, Mark served as Chief Operating Officer of Fox Interactive Media where he was responsible for all of its Internet properties including MySpace, IGN Entertainment, FoxSports.com, AmericanIdol.com, and Scout Media.

    Mark holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a B.S from Princeton
    6.67
    3 votes
    122
    Matrix Partners

    Matrix Partners

    Matrix Partners is a US based private equity investment firm focusing on venture capital investments. The firm invests in seed and early stage companies in the United States and India, particularly in the software, communications, semiconductors, data storage, Internet or wireless sectors. The firm has offices in Waltham, Massachusetts, Palo Alto, California, Mumbai, India and Beijing, China. Matrix Partners is not connected with Matrix Private Equity Partners LLP or Matrix Securities, which are part of Matrix Group, a UK financial services business based in London. Tracing its roots to 1977, Matrix was an active player in the development of the venture capital industry in the 1980s. The firm's direct predecessor, Hellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977 to 1982), was founded by Paul J. Ferri and Warren Hellman, founder of San Francisco based private equity firm, Hellman & Friedman. Among the firm's notable investments, Matrix Partners was an early stage investor in Apple Inc., Arrowpoint Communications, Digium, JBoss, JustFab, PSINet, SanDisk, Silverstream Software, TheLadders.com, Sonus Networks, Tivoli Software, Tollbridge Technologies, VERITAS Software, Vermeer Technologies
    6.67
    3 votes
    123
    Bill Bowes

    Bill Bowes

    Founding partner Bill Bowes has seen a lot of change since USVP's inception in 1981 - in the venture community, in the Valley, in the world. But some important things remain the same; namely, the passion of entrepreneurs: "It's the entrepreneurs that keep this business new and fresh, every day," says Bill.

    Bill was the founding shareholder of Amgen and was its first Chairman and Treasurer. Prior to founding USVP, he'd already had success as a venture capitalist with companies like Cetus, Raychem (where he served on the board from 1961 until the late 1970s), and Dymo Industries. Bill had previously been Senior Vice President and Director of Blyth Eastman Dillon & Company, where he worked from 1953 to 1978 and was a consultant to Blyth Eastman Paine Webber from 1978 to 1980.

    At USVP, Bill led the firm's investments in Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Applied Biosystems, Devices for Vascular Intervention, Glycomed, Sun Microsystems and Ventritex. Currently Bill is on the board of Xoma Corporation.

    Today Bill devotes much of his time to education and medical research. He is on the executive committee of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and recently retired as Board Chairman of The Exploratorium, San Francisco's exemplary interactive museum of the sciences. He also serves on the Board of the Asian Art Museum, Grace Cathedral and the Hoover Institution.

    Having focused his investment career largely in the medical industry, Bill remains involved through some of his nonprofit work. He is on the Board of Directors of the UCSF Foundation and was Chairman of the Mission Bay Capital Campaign. He serves on the Advisory Committees of Bio-X, the Institute for Systems Biology, QB3 and Harvard Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics - each dedicated to furthering interdisciplinary medical research. He is on the visiting committee at the Harvard Business School.

    Bill holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, an M.B.A. from Harvard University and served in the U.S. Army infantry in the South Pacific and Japan during and after World War II.
    7.50
    2 votes
    124
    Intel Capital

    Intel Capital

    Investing in innovative companies is our mission. Intel Capital is a global commitment aimed at investing and supporting profitable enterprises that will drive internet growth, enable new usage models, and advance industry standards. We build companies using our worldwide customer base, technological knowledge, extensive access to capital, and the power of the Intel brand. While financial return is imperative, our greater mission is to spur innovation and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive.
    7.50
    2 votes
    125
    Intel Corporation

    Intel Corporation

    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue. It is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers. Intel Corporation, founded on July 18, 1968, is a portmanteau of Integrated Electronics (the fact that "intel" is the term for intelligence information was also quite suitable). Intel also makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing. Founded by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore and widely associated with the executive leadership and vision of Andrew Grove, Intel combines advanced chip design capability with a leading-edge manufacturing capability. Though Intel was originally known primarily to engineers and technologists, its "Intel Inside" advertising campaign of the 1990s made it and its Pentium processor household names. Intel was an early developer of SRAM and DRAM memory chips, and
    7.50
    2 votes
    126
    Mobius Venture Capital

    Mobius Venture Capital

    Welcome to Mobius Venture Capital

    Mobius Venture Capital is an early-stage venture capital fund comprised of seasoned veterans and entrepreneurs from leading technology companies, who bring not only deep domain expertise, but also hands-on operating experience to the companies in our portfolio.

    Mobius Venture Capital began investing in 1996 -- early investments included Yahoo/Geocities, ELoan, Verisign, and E*Trade. The current fund, Mobius VI, has been invested in over sixty innovative technology companies. Companies in Mobius' current portfolio include Infinera, Danger, Ecast, FeedBurner, Impinj, LRN, Perfect Commerce, Perpetual Entertainment, Postini, Quova, Reactrix, SkyPilot Networks, Sling Media, Technorati and deCarta.

    We encourage you to learn more about our team and our portfolio on this site, and we welcome any questions or comments. Mobius Venture Capital has offices in Boulder, Colorado and Palo Alto, California.
    7.50
    2 votes
    127
    Phil Hellmuth

    Phil Hellmuth

    Phillip Jerome Hellmuth, Jr. (born July 16, 1964) is an American professional poker player who has captured a record 13 World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the Main Event of the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), and he is a member of the WSOP's Poker Hall of Fame. Hellmuth is also known for his temperamental, "poker brat" personality. Hellmuth was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison for three years before dropping out to play poker full time. He now lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife Katherine Sanborn (a psychiatrist at Stanford University) and their two sons Philip III and Nicholas. As of 2012, his total live tournament winnings exceed $17,400,000. He is ranked third on the All Time Money List, behind Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Ivey. As a poker player, Hellmuth is known for taking his seat in tournaments hours after they begin. In 1989, the 24-year-old Hellmuth became the youngest player to win the Main Event of the WSOP by defeating the two-time defending champion Johnny Chan in heads up play; his record has since been broken twice, by Peter
    7.50
    2 votes
    128
    Reid Hoffman

    Reid Hoffman

    Reid Garrett Hoffman (born August 5, 1967) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, a social network used primarily for business connections and job searching. Hoffman was born in Stanford, California, the son of Deanna Ruth Rutter and William Parker Hoffman, Jr., and grew up in Berkeley, California. His paternal great-great-great-grandfather was Presbyterian minister and Indiana University president pro tempore Theophilus Adam Wylie. He attended high school at The Putney School. He graduated from Stanford University in 1990 (where he won both a Marshall Scholarship and a Dinkelspiel Award) with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and Cognitive Science. He went on to earn an M.A. in philosophy from Oxford University in 1993. Hoffman says he saw academia as an opportunity to make an "impact", but later realized that an entrepreneurial career would provide him with a bigger platform. "When I graduated from Stanford my plan was to become a professor and public intellectual. That is not about quoting Kant. It's about holding up a lens to society and asking 'who are we?' and 'who should we be, as individuals and a society?'
    7.50
    2 votes
    129
    Softbank Capital

    Softbank Capital

    SoftBank Capital is a venture capital group in the United States, focusing on technology and telecom early stage businesses. The firm is established and led by four partners: Ron Fisher, Eric Hippeau, Steve Murray, and Michael Perlis. The company is a member of National Venture Capital Association. Notable investments include:
    7.50
    2 votes
    130
    Wellcome Trust

    Wellcome Trust

    The Wellcome Trust was established in 1936 as an independent charity funding research to improve human and animal health. It has an endowment of around £13.9 billion' Now in its 76th year, the aim of the Trust is to "achieve extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds", and in addition to funding biomedical research it supports the public understanding of science. The Trust has been described by the Financial Times as the United Kingdom's largest provider of non governmental funding for scientific research and one of the largest providers in the world. In the field of medical research, it is the world's second largest private funder after Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Trust was established to administer the fortune of the American-born pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome. Its income was derived from what was originally called Burroughs Wellcome, later renamed in the UK as the Wellcome Foundation Ltd. In 1986, the trust sold 25% of Wellcome plc stock to the public. Overseen by incoming Director of Finance Ian Macgregor, this marked the beginning of a period of financial growth that saw the Trust's value increase by almost £14bn in 14 years,
    7.50
    2 votes
    131
    Goldman Sachs

    Goldman Sachs

    The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) is an American multinational investment banking firm that engages in global investment banking, securities, investment management, and other financial services primarily with institutional clients. Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869 and is headquartered at 200 West Street in the Lower Manhattan area of New York City, with additional offices in international financial centers. The firm provides mergers and acquisitions advice, underwriting services, asset management, and prime brokerage to its clients, which include corporations, governments and individuals. The firm also engages in market making and private equity deals, and is a primary dealer in the United States Treasury security market. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious investment banks in the world, but has sparked a great deal of controversy over alleged improper practices, especially since the 2007–2012 global financial crisis. Former employees include Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson who served as United States Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively, as well as Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of Canada since 2008,
    5.50
    4 votes
    132
    Siemens Venture Capital

    Siemens Venture Capital

    Siemens Venture Capital (SVC) is the corporate venture organization for all Siemens' businesses worldwide. SVC plays a key role in the Siemens global network of innovation. The goal is to identify and fund investments in emerging and innovative technologies that will enhance the core business scope of Siemens. The investment focus is to augment the efforts of various Siemens business segments such as Information and Communications, Automation and Control, Medical Solutions, Transportation Systems and Power. To that end, SVC invests in the following technology growth areas:
    • Wireline and wireless communication
    • Industrial automation solutions
    • Healthcare solutions and medical diagnostics
    • Automotive and networked transportation systems
    • Energy management
    To date, SVC has invested some 500 million euros in more than 70 start-up companies and 30 venture capital funds mainly in the U.S., Europe and Israel. SVC is located in Germany (Munich) and in the U.S. (San José, CA and Boston, MA).
    5.50
    4 votes
    133
    AT&T

    AT&T

    AT&T Inc. (also stylized as ATT and at&t; NYSE: T, for "telephone") is an American multinational telecommunications corporation headquartered in Whitacre Tower, downtown Dallas, Texas. AT&T is the largest provider both of mobile telephony and of fixed telephony in the United States, and also provides broadband subscription television services. As of 2010, AT&T is the seventh largest company in the United States by total revenue, and the fourth largest non-oil company (behind Walmart, General Electric, and Bank of America). It is the third-largest company in Texas (the largest non-oil company, behind only ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, and also the largest Dallas company). As of 2011, AT&T is the 14th largest company in the world by market value, and the 9th largest non-oil company. It is also the 20th largest mobile telecom operator in the world, with over 100.7 million mobile customers. AT&T Inc. began its existence as Southwestern Bell Corporation, one of seven Regional Bell Operating Companies created in 1983 in the divestiture of parent company AT&T Corp. due to the United States v. AT&T antitrust lawsuit. (AT&T Corp. was founded 1885 as the American Telephone and Telegraph
    6.33
    3 votes
    134
    CSIC

    CSIC

    The Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Secretary of State for Research, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim. CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. Its research is driven by its centres and institutes, which are spread across all the autonomous regions. CSIC has 6% of all the staff dedicated to Research and Development in Spain, and they generate approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. It also manages a range of important facilities; the most complete and extensive network of specialist libraries, and also has joint research units. Its origins are found in the Junta para la Ampliación de Estudios
    6.33
    3 votes
    135
    Peter Thiel

    Peter Thiel

    Peter Andreas Thiel (German: [ˈpeːtɐ̯ anˈdʀeas tiːl]), born October 11, 1967, is a German-born American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. Thiel co-founded PayPal with Max Levchin and served as its CEO. He currently serves as president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with under $700 million in assets under management; a managing partner in The Founders Fund, a $275 million venture capital fund that he launched with Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005; and co-founder and investment committee chair of Mithril Capital Management. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, with a 10.2% stake acquired in 2004 for $500,000, and sits on the company's board of directors. Thiel was ranked #293 on the Forbes 400 in 2011, with a net worth of $1.5 billion as of March 2012. Thiel lives in San Francisco, California. Born to German parents in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, Thiel moved to America with his parents when he was a toddler, and was raised in Foster City, California. Thiel was a US-rated Chess Master and one of the highest ranked under-21 players in the country. Thiel studied 20th-century philosophy as an
    6.33
    3 votes
    136
    Phil Young

    Phil Young

    Prior to joining USVP in 1990, Phil spent four years with Concord Partners, Dillon Read's venture capital operation in Palo Alto. With a specialty in the medical device industry, Phil has watched the evolution of new methodologies, such as the emergence of minimally-invasive treatments, into increasingly diverse and pervasive applications.

    Like other USVP partners, Phil arrived with extensive operating experience. He was President and CEO of Oximetrix, a manufacturer of critical care instruments and disposables, where he spent eight years growing the privately-held venture-backed company from $1 million in revenues to nearly $50 million. Prior to Oximetrix, Phil spent six years at New Court Securities in venture capital and corporate finance, two years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., and six years on Admiral Rickover's project management staff at the Atomic Energy Commission.

    He has represented USVP on the boards of Aerogen, CardioThoracic Systems, CardioVascular Imaging Systems, CoCensys, Compugen, FemRx, Penederm, 3Dfx Interactive, Vical and Xoma-all of which became public companies, and on the boards of RelayHealth and St. Francis Medical Technologies which were acquired. Currently he sits on the boards of Zoran, a public company, and privately-held Aptus Endosystems, Bayhill Therapeutics, Claria, Dotomi, Synarc, Talima Therapeutics, and Timi3 Systems. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and as Chairman of the Board of eCornell, the university's online distance learning subsidiary.

    Phil earned a B.M.E. from Cornell University with High Distinction, an M.S. in Engineering Physics from George Washington University, and an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar.

    6.33
    3 votes
    137
    Presidio STX

    Presidio STX

    Presidio STX’s Investment Division, (formerly Presidio Venture Partners) funds companies that, through the development and application of unique technologies, provide new solutions to challenging problems and address emerging market trends. As a strategic investor, Presidio STX helps its portfolio companies establish global connections through the family of companies owned, operated and managed by Sumitomo Corporation. Presidio STX’s access to the Japanese and global IT markets extends beyond Sumitomo and its affiliates to the Global 1000 companies that are actively engaged with the Sumitomo Network.
    6.33
    3 votes
    138
    Trilogy Equity Partners

    Trilogy Equity Partners

    Trilogy Equity Partners was founded by successful veterans of the wireless industry, including the executive team that founded Western Wireless and Voicestream.  With more than 200 years combined operating experience across all disciplines, Trilogy’s partners have started early stage companies in emerging industries and have built enduring businesses across four continents.  Trilogy’s portfolio companies benefit from its operational expertise and its global network of relationships in addition to its financial investment.  Trilogy seeks out opportunities to partner with deeply innovative entrepreneurs who bring passion and expertise to the high-tech companies they are building, regardless of stage.
    6.33
    3 votes
    139
    3i

    3i

    3i Group plc (LSE: III) is a multinational private equity and venture capital company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has offices in 13 countries across the Americas, Asia and Europe and had total assets under management of £10.5 billion as at 31 March 2012. It is organised into three investment divisions: Private Equity, Infrastructure and Debt Management. 3i is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The company was formed in 1945, as the Industrial and Commercial Finance Corporation (ICFC), by the Bank of England and the major British banks to provide long term investment funding for small and medium-sized enterprises. Its foundation was inspired by the government, and resulted from the recognition in the 1930s, given new impetus in the postwar era, that smaller businesses faced a gap in available corporate finance due to banks being unwilling to provide long-term capital and the companies being too small to raise capital from the public markets. During the 1950s and 1960s, and particularly after 1959 when the shareholder banks allowed it to raise external funds, ICFC expanded to become the largest provider of growth capital
    8.00
    1 votes
    140
    Alan Kaganov

    Alan Kaganov

    Alan Kaganov has been a partner at USVP since 1996, specializing in health care and utilizing his 25 years of experience in the medical device industry. His focus is on early-stage investments in the areas of medical technology, novel drug-device combinations, drug delivery systems and biopharmaceuticals.

    Alan earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, where he won the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004. He also serves on its Board of Visitors. He has a Sc.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from New York University. He has 15 U.S. patents in his name.

    Prior to USVP, Alan was Vice President of New Business Development at Boston Scientific. During his tenure, the company completed a record number of investments and business alliances and became a market leader in interventional cardiology, radiology and endoscopy. Before that, he was CEO of EP Technologies, turning it into the recognized leader in catheter-based electrophysiology, Vice President of Technology and Business Development at the Baxter Corporation, and Research & Development Director of the Medical Device Division of Wyeth.

    He currently serves on the boards of A-Med Systems, Aptus Endosystems, Atricure, Cryovascular, Sanarus Medical, St. Francis Medical and Timi3 Systems.

    8.00
    1 votes
    141
    Bain Capital

    Bain Capital

    Bain Capital is an American alternative asset management and financial services company based in Boston, Massachusetts. It specializes in private equity, venture capital, credit and public market investments. Bain invests across a broad range of industry sectors and geographic regions. As of early 2012, the firm managed approximately $66 billion of investor capital across its various investment platforms. The firm was founded in 1984 by partners from the consulting firm Bain & Company. Since inception it has invested in or acquired hundreds of companies including AMC Entertainment, Aspen Education Group, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel Communications, Domino's Pizza, DoubleClick, Dunkin' Donuts, D&M Holdings, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sealy, The Sports Authority, Staples, Toys "R" Us, Warner Music Group and The Weather Channel. As of the end of 2011, Bain Capital had approximately 400 professionals, most with previous experience in consulting, operations or finance. Bain is headquartered at the John Hancock Tower in Boston, Massachusetts with additional offices in New York City, Chicago, Palo Alto, London, Luxembourg,
    8.00
    1 votes
    142
    DAG Ventures

    DAG Ventures

    DAG Ventures is a venture capital partnership investing in and helping outstanding entrepreneurs create leading, long-term companies across a range of markets. With roots from the 1980’s in cable TV, infrastructure, media, and wireless industries, the partnership today is privileged to work with world-class entrepreneurs as they build tomorrow’s leaders in the information technology, energy, and life science sectors. DAG Ventures invests in companies with proven technology, from the prototype stage onward.

    8.00
    1 votes
    143
    Frank J. Caufield, Jr.

    Frank J. Caufield, Jr.

    Frank J. Caufield (born 1939) is best known as a co-founder of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, based in Menlo Park, California. From 1973 to 1978, Caufield was a General Partner and Manager of Oak Grove Ventures, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California. He is a past president of both the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and the National Venture Capital Association. Caufield served on the boards of Quantum Corporation, Caremark Inc., AOL Inc., Megabios, VeriFone Inc., Wyse Technology, Quickturn Corporation and Time Warner. He is a director of The U.S. Russia Investment Fund, Refugees International, is a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as Chairman of the Child Abuse Prevention Society of San Francisco. Caufield graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1962 and completed an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
    8.00
    1 votes
    144
    Marc Andreessen

    Marc Andreessen

    Marc Lowell Andreessen ( /ænˈdriːsɨn/ an-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur, investor, software engineer, and multi-millionaire. He is best known as co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation; and as co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He founded and later sold the software company Opsware to Hewlett-Packard. Andreessen is also a co-founder of Ning, a company that provides a platform for social networking websites. An innovator and creator, he is one of the few people who has pioneered a software category (Web browsers) used by more than a billion people and established several billion-dollar companies. He sits on the board of directors of Facebook, eBay, and HP, among others. A frequent keynote speaker and guest at Silicon Valley conferences, Andreessen is one of only six inductees in the World Wide Web Hall of Fame announced at the first international conference on the World Wide Web in 1994. Andreessen was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and raised in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, the son of Patricia and Lowell Andreessen, who worked for a seed
    8.00
    1 votes
    145
    TeleSoft Partners

    TeleSoft Partners

    TeleSoft Partners itself is a bootstrapped company that was founded in 1996. Since then, TeleSoft Partners has raised $625+ million in private capital and SBIC leverage commitments. TeleSoft has recruited a strong team of investment professionals; developed a network of industry executives and corporate partners in the US & Europe; and built a high quality portfolio of communication and information technology companies.

    Company TeleSoft Partners Founded 1996 Employees 20 Locations Silicon Valley Portfolio Companies ~61* Capital Commitments $625+ million Acquisitions 23* IPOs 9*

    We invest in four key industry segments. Our focus is fundamentally to help entrepreneurs benefit from our knowledge, contacts and expertise -- to help you Make it Happen.
    • We focus on next generation systems, software, services, and component companies
    • We invest $1-15 million per company (initial and follow-on investments)
    • Our investment mix is approximately one-third early stage, one-third development & expansion stage, and one-third late stage
    • We concentrate on 25 to 30 investments per fund
    • We typically lead or co-lead
    * Investments in Omnipoint, Bombay Cellular and OSI were led by Arjun Gupta at the Chatterjee Group/George Soros, prior to founding TeleSoft.
    5.25
    4 votes
    146
    Alloy Ventures

    Alloy Ventures

    Profile and Mission Alloy Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm. Over the decades of our history, our limited partners have entrusted us with over $1 billion in capital. We are currently investing out of our 5th fund a $368 million limited partnership raised in June 2005.Each year we invest in a small number of entrepreneurial ideas and young companies. We strive to achieve long-term relationships with our entrepreneurs and executives – with the objective of building several successful companies together. This goal requires mutual commitment, respect and trust – values that we try to earn and build-upon every day. Investment approachIt’s never too early to approach Alloy Ventures. We have invested as little as $50K to help an entrepreneur develop an idea or write a business plan. However, we typically make initial investments in the range of $1-5 million and reserve additional capital for subsequent financing rounds. We support our companies through each phase of development and actively assist our CEO’s and entrepreneurs in raising follow-on rounds of financing from our extensive network of venture-capital, private-equity, and corporate investors. Investment philosophy The people of Alloy Ventures are problem solvers and opportunity creators. When your growth rate accelerates, a product release date slips, or a competitor threatens, you need partners who will roll up their sleeves and help. We believe that actively involved, industry-savvy investment partners are an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs. We use our experience and connections to help you set strategy, hire key employees, optimize business development opportunities, raise additional capital, and avoid common (and uncommon) mistakes in all phases of your company's growth. Ethics Some of Alloy's partners have been in the venture capital business for more than 25 years — from a time when the industry was smaller, deals were made on a handshake, and you were only as good as your word. We still operate that way. Our values are simple. We minimize politics and egos, treat people fairly, follow through on commitments, and work to solve problems quickly. We expect the same from our entrepreneurs and executives.
    7.00
    2 votes
    147
    Angeleno Group

    Angeleno Group

    Angeleno Group ("AG") is a California-based private equity firm focused on high growth investments in the energy sector. AG makes investments broadly across the energy industry to support innovative, well-managed, rapidly growing companies. Areas of particular interest include:

    • Renewables
    e.g. Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Ocean Energy, Waste-to-Energy, Biofuels/Ethanol • Energy Intelligence & Controls
    e.g. Energy Efficiency & Demand Management, Building Automation, Automated Metering, Energy & Environmental IT • Transmission & Distribution
    e.g. Substation Automation, High Capacity Cabling, Smart Grid IT • Environmental Technologies
    e.g. Emissions Reduction, Clean Coal, Waste, Water, Air • Energy Storage
    e.g. Advanced Batteries, Flywheels, Supercapacitors • Advanced Materials & Components
    e.g. Catalysts, Composites, Variable Drives & Motors • Fuel Technologies
    e.g. E&P, Hydrogen, Coal/Gas-to-Liquids, natural gas, Additives • Clean Power Generation
    e.g. Fuel Cells, Non-Renewable Distributed Generation, Nuclear, Gasification/IGCC • Power Electronics
    e.g. Inverters, Rectifiers, Uninterruptible Power Systems • Advanced Transportation
    e.g. Dual Fuel Engines, Clean Vehicles Angeleno Group believes that a series of fundamental changes in the energy and environmental industries are generating significant private equity opportunities. These changes revolve around three major themes: (1) the need for energy independence, (2) the requirements of a stable and reliable energy infrastructure, and (3) imperatives relating to environmental sustainability. Taken as a whole, these themes affect the entire sector value chain -- from the extraction of natural resources and the conversion of fuels into electricity to the distribution of energy and the way in which power is ultimately consumed. In each case, innovative products and services are emerging as potential solutions to global energy and environmental challenges.

    Investors in AG funds include leading endowments and foundations, nationally recognized family offices and former CEO's and board members of some of the country's most prominent energy companies.
    7.00
    2 votes
    148
    Bay Partners

    Bay Partners

    Bay Partners is a venture capital firm based in Cupertino, California. Founded by John Freidenrich in 1976, it has funded over 200 information technology and healthcare businesses. Partners include Atul Kapadia, Neil Sadaranganey, Bob Williams, Chris Noble, Eric Chin, Richard Gorman, Sandesh Patnam, and Neal Dempsey.
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    2 votes
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    Dietmar Hopp

    Dietmar Hopp

    Dietmar Hopp (born 26 April 1940 in Heidelberg, Germany) is a German software entrepreneur. He was one of the founders of SAP AG in 1972 with other former IBM employees Hans Werner Hector, Klaus Tschira, Claus Wellenreuther and Hasso Plattner. At one point he was the 698th richest person in the world (according to Forbes Magazine). Dietmar Hopp was the CEO of SAP AG from 1988 until 1998, Chairman of its supervisory board from 1998 until 2003 and member of the board from 2003 until 2005. He kept about 10% of the company's shares after leaving the board. After Hopp left in 2005, the street on which the SAP AG headquarters are located was renamed from Neurottstraße to Dietmar-Hopp-Allee, in honor of Mr. Hopp. In 2006, Hopp transferred 70% of his wealth (about €4 billion) to a charitable foundation, Dietmar-Hopp-Stiftung, creating one of the largest foundations in Europe. The foundation supports sports, medicine, education and social programs. Recently, Hopp is also notable as the chief financial backer of the German football club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. When Hopp, who had played in the club's youth setup, started supporting the club in 2000, Hoffenheim were playing in the fifth division
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    150
    Google

    Google

    Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is an American multinational corporation which provides Internet-related products and services, including internet search, cloud computing, software and advertising technologies. Advertising revenues from AdWords generate almost all of the company's profits. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while both attended Stanford University. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company's stake. Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" and the company's unofficial slogan is "Don't be evil". In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California. Rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company's core web search engine. The company offers online productivity software including email, an office suite, and social networking. Google's products extend to the desktop as well, with applications for web
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    151
    Institutional Venture Partners

    Institutional Venture Partners

    IVP is the premier later-stage venture capital firm for leading U.S. technology companies. Founded in 1980, IVP has more than $2.2 billion of committed capital and is one of the top performing firms in the venture capital industry. 
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    152
    Investcorp

    Investcorp

    Investcorp is a manager of alternative investment products, serving high-net-worth private and institutional clients. Its principal client base is in the six countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council, but it also has institutional clients in North America and Europe. Its three offices (New York, Bahrain and London) work together to identify investment opportunities and place investments. Investcorp offers investments to its clients in three business classes: corporate investment, real estate and hedge funds. Founded in 1982, it has arranged investments with a combined value of approximately $44 billion. Unlike most private equity firms, it typically places the equity of companies and real estate properties it acquires directly with investors, i.e. on a deal-by-deal basis, rather than through a fund structure. In addition, the firm has raised a number of funds, including a Gulf Opportunity Fund investing in the MENA region, and a number of technology funds. From its roots in corporate and real estate investment, Investcorp diversified in 1997 into hedge funds, in order to provide clients with a broader range of alternative investments. Non-Gulf investors, mainly in the US, now
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    153
    Legg Mason, Inc.

    Legg Mason, Inc.

    Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE: LM) is an American-based global investment management firm with a focus on asset management. The company’s business is divided in two divisions: Americas and International. Legg Mason offers products in equities and fixed income, as well as domestic and international liquidity management and alternative investments (via a funds-of-hedge-funds manager). Founded in 1899 as a brokerage firm in Baltimore, Maryland, Legg Mason has since become the 18th largest asset manager in the world, serving individual and institutional investors on five continents. As of June 30, 2012, Legg Mason's assets under management aggregated to $632 billion . Legg Mason operates using a multi-manager business model : each of the company’s subsidiaries, which form a diverse group of asset managers, specializes in a segment of the asset management industry and operates with investment autonomy. Legg Mason provides global distribution and invests in growth through core strategic services including capital allocation for product development, investing in our existing affiliates and making new acquisitions. Legg Mason’s roots can be traced to the founding of two brokerage firms: the
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    154
    Merrill Lynch

    Merrill Lynch

    Merrill Lynch is the wealth management division of Bank of America. With over 15,000 financial advisors and $2.2 trillion in client assets, it is the world's largest brokerage. Formerly known as Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., prior to 2009 the firm was publicly owned and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MER. Merrill agreed to a purchase by Bank of America on September 14, 2008, at the height of the 2008 Financial Crisis. It ceased to exist as a separate entity in January 2009. Merrill Lynch is headquartered in New York City, and occupies the entire 34 stories of the Four World Financial Center building in Manhattan. The company was founded on January 6, 1914, when Charles E. Merrill opened his Charles E. Merrill & Co. for business at 7 Wall Street in New York City. A few months later, Merrill's friend, Edmund C. Lynch, joined him, and in 1915 the name was officially changed to Merrill, Lynch & Co. At that time, the firm's name included a comma between Merrill and Lynch. In 1916, Winthrop H. Smith joined the firm. In its early history, Merrill, Lynch & Co. made several successful investments. In 1921, the company purchased Pathé Exchange, which later became
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    2 votes
    155
    Millennium Technology Ventures

    Millennium Technology Ventures

    Millennium Technology Ventures, L.P. (MTV), is a New York-based venture capital fund that has been making investments in innovative technology companies since 2000. MTV's process of investing capital draws from the venture capitalist's vision, an informed view of the future of technology markets, and value-added company-building skills. The current emphasis in MTV's investment strategy is on later-stage investments.

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    156
    Ray Ozzie

    Ray Ozzie

    Raymond "Ray" Ozzie (born November 20, 1955) is an American software industry entrepreneur who held the positions of Chief Technical Officer and Chief Software Architect at Microsoft between 2005 and 2010. Before Microsoft, he was best known for his role in creating Lotus Notes. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois, later moving to Park Ridge, Illinois and graduating from Maine South High School in 1973 where he learned to program on a GE-400 mainframe and did technical work on school theater productions. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science in 1979 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked on the PLATO system, and began his working career at Data General Corporation where he worked for Jonathan Sachs. After leaving Data General, Ozzie worked at Software Arts for Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, the creators of VisiCalc, on that product and TK Solver. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited by Sachs and Mitch Kapor to work for Lotus Development to develop what became Lotus Symphony. Ozzie left Lotus Development in 1984 and founded Iris Associates to create the product later sold by Lotus as Lotus Notes, based in part on his experiences using the
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    157
    Stanford University

    Stanford University

    The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto. It is situated in the northwestern Silicon Valley, approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Jose and 37 miles (60 km) southeast of San Francisco. Leland Stanford, Governor and Senator of California and leading railroad tycoon, and his wife Jane Lathrop Stanford founded the university in 1891 in honor of their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid two months before his 16th birthday. The university was established as a coeducational and nondenominational institution. Tuition was free until the 1930s. The university struggled financially after the senior Stanford's 1893 death and after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would become known as Silicon Valley. By 1970, Stanford was home to a linear accelerator, and was one of the original four ARPANET nodes (precursor to
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    158
    Steamboat Ventures

    Steamboat Ventures

    Inspired by the bold entrepreneurial spirit of Walt Disney, Steamboat Ventures is named after the famous Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie. Theatrically released in New York in 1928, Steamboat Willie was the screen debut of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. It was also the first animated cartoon to use synchronized sound - a great innovation at the time.
    Our mission at Steamboat Ventures is to help young companies successfully face the challenges of becoming leaders in their markets. We invest in early- to mid-stage, technology-focused companies that are pursuing opportunities in emerging media and entertainment markets. Although the fund is primarily focused on technology investments, we also consider venture investments in other areas of broad strategic importance to The Walt Disney Company.
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    159
    Advanced Technology Ventures

    Advanced Technology Ventures

    Our History    
    Founded in 1979, Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV) is a bi-coastal venture capital firm with more than $1.4 billion in capital under management. We work closely with entrepreneurial teams in several technology markets, including communications, infrastructure, software and services, consumer technology, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and emerging technologies, to build emerging-growth business ventures into market leaders. With more than 25 years of experience, ATV has a proven track record of success in helping to build strong, sustainable business enterprises.

    What Sets ATV Apart:
    • Extensive Operational Experience: Our experienced investment professionals have decades of first-hand experience launching successful businesses and growing private and public companies.

    • Intellectual Capital: ATV's global resources in industry, academia, government, financial, and venture capital guide our portfolio companies through their most critical stages of development. Our portfolio companies also benefit from access to ATV Technology Partners, world-renowned information technology and healthcare visionaries.

    • Successful Track Records: Over the years, ATV has a proven history in supporting over 30 companies from inception to IPO or acquisition, representing billions of dollars in market value. Examples include Accord Networks (Polycom), Actel, Annuncio Software (PeopleSoft), AppIQ (Hewlett-Packard), Berkeley Networks, Celebrate Express, Credence Systems, Critical Therapeutics, Cytyc, DataSage (Vignette), Docent, Eligix (BioTransplant), Epigram (Broadcom), HealthShare (WebMD), Novoste, Redline Networks (Juniper), Seagull Software, Striva (Informatica), Transwitch, Upshot (Siebel), Velogix (Keynote), VLSI Technology, and WebLine Communications (Cisco).
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    160
    Agilent Technologies

    Agilent Technologies

    Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A), or Agilent, is a global company that designs and manufactures electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments and equipment for measurement and evaluation. Agilent Technologies has a stock market capitalization of over 15 billion USD and the company's headquarters are in Santa Clara, California, in the Silicon Valley region. Many of Agilent's predecessor product lines were developed by Hewlett-Packard, the American computing company founded in 1939. In 1999, the product lines not directly connected with computers, storage, and imaging were grouped into a separate company (Agilent), the stock of which was offered to the public in an initial public offering. The Agilent IPO may have been the largest in the history of Silicon Valley at the time. The company thus created in 1999 was an $8 billion company with about 47,000 employees, manufacturing scientific instruments, semiconductors, optical networking devices, and electronic test equipment for telecom and wireless R&D and production. Agilent's major product lines include: Agilent Technologies has a robust research and development arm, Agilent Laboratories or Agilent Labs, with active research in
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    161
    Casey Tansey

    Casey Tansey

    Casey Tansey joined USVP as a general partner in April 2005. A veteran of the medical device industry, Casey brings over 25
    years of entrepreneurial, early-stage medical device and seasoned operating experience to USVP.Casey's passion is to strive for delivery of medical services with less trauma to the patient and improved quality of life. Innovations shaping this trend include minimally-invasive technologies. During his tenure as CEO and President of Epicor Medical from 2001 to 2004, Casey, along with a dedicated team, pioneered a minimally-invasive treatment for atrial fibrillation and transformed the company into a recognized market leader. He led Epicor's acquisition by St. Jude Medical at a valuation of more than $200 million. Prior to Epicor, Casey was CEO and President of Heartport, a public company that helped pioneer minimally-invasive cardiac surgery which is now a Johnson & Johnson company. Before that, he was with Baxter Edward's Cardiovascular Division for nearly ten years, holding various sales and marketing positions. During his tenure at Baxter, Casey was involved in launching innovative heart valve products that have grown to be the market leaders. Casey is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing humanitarian efforts in heart surgery worldwide through education and collaboration. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for CardioKinetix, Devax, Rosedale Medical, SentreHEART and Sinexus. Casey holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA. Casey has served on the boards of Epicor Medical and Heartport, Inc.
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    162
    David E. Liddle

    David E. Liddle

    When David E. Liddle joined USVP in 2000, he'd already had a long association with the firm. Having served for nearly 10 years on USVP's Technical Advisory Board, David left his post as president and CEO of business incubator Interval Research Corporation and was persuaded by long-time friends Irwin Federman and Phil Young to "just come in and look at a few deals."Prior to co-founding Interval with Paul Allen, David founded Metaphor which was acquired by IBM in 1991, which named him Vice President of Business development for IBM Personal Systems. David's extensive experience in research and development has focused largely on human-computer interactions and includes 10 years at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), from 1972 to 1982. He has been a director of Sybase, Broderbund Software, Borland International and Ticketmaster, and is currently on the board of the New York Times Company. His board involvement at USVP includes Axiom Microdevices, Caspian Networks, Gear6, Klocwork, MaxLinear, MaXXan, Optichron, PacketHop and T-RAM.
     
    David earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in EECS at the University of Toledo, where his dissertation focused on reconfigurable computing machines and theories of encryption, encoding and signal recovery. His contributions to human-computer interaction design earned him the distinction of Senior Fellow at the Royal College of Art. David served on the board of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose through 2004. He is on the boards of the Colleges of Engineering at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. An avid hiker, David and wife Ruthann Quindlen enjoy travel, especially to Italy and Spain, and Santa Fe, where he once chaired the board of the Santa Fe Institute, an organization that promotes the sciences.
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    3 votes
    163
    Draper Richards LP

    Draper Richards LP

    Draper Richards L.P. is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology companies. We fund entrepreneurs with the energy, vision, experience, and desire to build great companies. Since 1996, Draper Richards has been dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their maximum potential through contacts, advice, and support. We provide portfolio companies assistance in the areas of strategy, executive team recruiting, and raising capital. Draper Richards is now fully invested.
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    3 votes
    164
    Jonathan Root

    Jonathan Root

    As a physician, Jon Root evaluates investments in the medical field with a practitioner's eye. A common investment criteria when evaluating business opportunities in the biotechnology or medical devices fields is: does this solution meet, or begin to address, an unmet clinical need? Jon goes beyond that: is the innovation easily usable?

    Jon spent nine years in clinical practice before joining USVP in 1995 as a Ewing Marion Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. He became a general partner in 1997. Before USVP, Jon was on the faculty and clinical staff at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. There he was an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Neurology-Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit. He is board certified in neurology.

    Jon is on the boards of Altus Pharmaceuticals, Raven biotechnologies, OncoMed, Proteolix and Sequent Medical; he is active with USVP's investment in Ascenta.

    Jon holds an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.D. from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
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    165
    Maryland

    Maryland

    Maryland (/ˈmɛrɨlənd/) is a U.S. state located in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. Maryland was the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution, and has three occasionally used nicknames: the Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. Maryland is the 9th smallest state by area, but the 19th most populous and the 5th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state's most populated city is Baltimore and its capital Annapolis. It was named after Queen Henrietta Maria. Of the 50 states Maryland has the highest median household income, making it the wealthiest state in the nation. Maryland has an area of 12,406.68 square miles (32,133.2 km) and is comparable in overall area with the European country of Belgium (11,787 square miles (30,530 km)). It is the 42nd largest/9th smallest state, and is closest in size to Hawaii (10,930.98 square miles (28,311.1 km)), the next smallest state. The next largest state, Maryland's neighbor West Virginia, is almost twice the size of Maryland (24,229.76 square
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    166
    Sun Microsystems

    Sun Microsystems

    Sun Microsystems, Inc. was a company that sold computers, computer components, computer software, and information technology services. Sun was founded on February 24, 1982. At its height, Sun headquarters were in Santa Clara, California (part of Silicon Valley), on the former west campus of the Agnews Developmental Center. On January 27, 2010, Sun was acquired by Oracle Corporation for US$7.4 billion, based on an agreement signed on April 20, 2009. The following month, Sun Microsystems, Inc. was merged with Oracle USA, Inc. to become Oracle America, Inc. Sun products included computer servers and workstations built on its own RISC-based SPARC processor architecture as well as on x86 based AMD's Opteron and Intel's Xeon processors; storage systems; and a suite of software products including the Solaris operating system, developer tools, Web infrastructure software, and identity management applications. Other technologies include the Java platform, MySQL, and NFS. Sun was a proponent of open systems in general and Unix in particular, and a major contributor to open source software. Sun's main manufacturing facilities were located in Hillsboro, Oregon and Linlithgow, Scotland. The
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    VISA

    VISA

    Visa Inc. (pronunciation: /ˈviːzə/ or /viːsə/; NYSE: V) is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered on 595 Market Street, Financial District in San Francisco, California, United States, although much of the company's staff is based in Foster City, California. It facilitates electronic funds transfers throughout the world, most commonly through Visa-branded credit card and debit cards. Visa does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers; rather, Visa provides financial institutions with Visa-branded payment products that they then use to offer credit, debit, prepaid and cash-access programs to their customers. In 2008, according to The Nilson Report, Visa held a 38.3% market share of the credit card marketplace and 60.7% of the debit card marketplace in the United States. In 2009, Visa’s global network (known as VisaNet) processed 62 billion transactions with a total volume of $4.4 trillion. Visa has operations across Asia-Pacific, North America, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Middle East. Visa Europe is a separate membership entity that is an exclusive licensee
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    168
    Juniper Networks

    Juniper Networks

    Juniper Networks is an American manufacturer of networking equipment founded in 1996. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA. The company designs and sells high-performance Internet Protocol network products and services. Juniper's main products include T-series, M-series, E-series, MX-series, and J-series families of routers, EX-series Ethernet switches and SRX-series security products. Junos, Juniper's own network operating system, runs on most Juniper products. In 1995 Pradeep Sindhu, a principal scientist at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, returned from vacation with the idea to start a company to supply high-performance routers to support the quickly emerging Internet. Sindhu started the company in February 1996 with $200,000 in seed money from powerful venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the deal led by Vinod Khosla. He hired two other engineers, Bjorn Liencres from Sun Microsystems and Dennis Ferguson from MCI. For business expertise, Sindhu recruited Scott Kriens, co-founder of StrataCom. As a startup, Juniper received $6 Million in funding from AT&T and the Anschutz Corporation in 1997. It also received another $14 million from a variety
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    169
    Quanta Computers

    Quanta Computers

    Quanta Computer Incorporated (TWSE: 2382) (simplified Chinese: 广达电脑; traditional Chinese: 廣達電腦; pinyin: Guǎngdá Diànnǎo) is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of notebook computers and other electronic hardware. It is the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world. Its customers include Apple Inc., Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Alienware, Amazon.com, Casper, Cisco, Fujitsu, Gericom, Lenovo, LG, Maxdata, MPC, Research In Motion, Sharp Corporation, Siemens AG, Sony, Sun Microsystems, and Toshiba. It was founded by Barry Lam in 1988. Lam continues to head the company. With leading technology and strong R&D, Quanta has become a leader in hi-tech markets. Besides continuous high growth, high quality, and high value creation in notebook computers, Quanta has extended its businesses into enterprise network systems, home entertainment, mobile communication, automotive electronics, and digital home markets. QRDC, inaugurated in late 2005, is a symbol of Quanta's long-term deep-rooted investment in Taiwan. As an intelligent building, QRDC has three functions: R&D, humanity and art, as well as education and leisure activities. It includes laboratories, an art performance hall,
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    170
    Stewart Butterfield

    Stewart Butterfield

    Stewart Butterfield (born Daniel Stewart Butterfield in 1973) is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and businessman. He co-founded the photo sharing website Flickr and its parent company Ludicorp with then-wife Caterina Fake. In March 2005 Ludicorp was acquired by Yahoo!, where Butterfield continued as the General Manager of Flickr until he left Yahoo on July 12, 2008. In 2009 Butterfield founded gaming startup Tiny Speck, which launched its first project, Glitch, on September 27, 2011. In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek's Top 50 Leaders in the entrepreneur category. He was also named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In the same year, he appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine. Butterfield was educated at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where he specialized in the philosophy of biology, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind. In
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    William Randolph Hearst

    William Randolph Hearst

    William Randolph Hearst ( /ˈhərst/; April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper publisher who built the nation’s largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism. Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887, after taking control of The San Francisco Examiner from his father. Moving to New York City, he acquired The New York Journal and engaged in a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World which led to the creation of yellow journalism—sensationalized stories of dubious veracity. Acquiring more newspapers, Hearst created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak. He later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world. He was twice elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, and ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909, for Governor of New York in 1906, and for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1910. Nonetheless, through his newspapers and magazines, he exercised enormous political influence, and is sometimes blamed for pushing public opinion in the United States into a war with Spain in 1898. His
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    Gil Penchina

    Gil Penchina

    Gil Penchina is an American business manager. He was formerly the CEO of Wikia Inc., and the vice president and general manager, international at eBay. He is a 1997 alumnus the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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    173
    Grotech Capital

    Grotech Capital

    For over two decades, Grotech has forged investment partnerships with men and women who have high levels of competence, integrity and energy.  The majority of these partnerships are located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the  United States and selected other underserved regions of the U.S.  Our investments include companies in the early, emerging and later stages of their growth.  Grotech’s experience and track record allow us to structure transactions optimally  to meet our partners’ goals.                Our mission is to help our management partners build important and lasting enterprises by providing Grotech’s capital supported by our experience, strategic advice and relationships.                    When you work with Grotech, you get a partner, not just an investor.  The conventional wisdom in our industry is that one or two winning investments more than make up for the losers.  That is not what Grotech stands for.  We believe every Grotech investment deserves our best effort.  Sooner or later, every company encounters hurdles to be cleared–it’s never a question of if, only when.  We work with our management partners to solve the problems and help them make the hard decisions which build long-term value.                 Our management partners understand the value of our experience.  We welcome you to learn more about Grotech.
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    2 votes
    174
    Idealab

    Idealab

    Idealab (formerly known as idealab!) is a business incubator based in Pasadena, California. Idealab was founded by Bill Gross (not the same Bill Gross of PIMCO) in March 1996. Prior to Idealab, he founded GNP Loudspeakers (now GNP Audio Video), an audio equipment manufacturer; GNP Development Inc., acquired by Lotus Software; and Knowledge Adventure, an educational software company, later acquired by Cendant. Gross graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and Idealab has historically hired many alumni; Gross now sits on the Institute's board of trustees. The company leased the right to use the .tv domain, giving the island nation of Tuvalu enough money to join the United Nations in 2000. In December 2009, the company re-branded and introduced a new logo. Idealab has created, invested in, and spun off a variety of companies including:
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    2 votes
    175
    Mark Pincus

    Mark Pincus

    Mark Jonathan Pincus (February 13, 1966) is an Internet entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Zynga, which makes online social games. Pincus also founded Freeloader, Inc., Tribe Networks, and Support.com. Pincus currently serves as CEO of Zynga, which had 232 million monthly active users as of July 1, 2011. Zynga's top games include: CityVille, CastleVille, FarmVille, The Pioneer Trail, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, Empires & Allies, Indiana Jones Adventure World and Draw Something. In 2009, Pincus was named "CEO of the Year" in The Crunchies and in the same month of 2011 was named Founder of the Year for 2010, as well. Pincus was born in Chicago and raised in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. He is the son of Theodore Pincus, a business columnist and public relations adviser to CEOs and politicians, and an architect mother. He attended Francis W. Parker School from kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated in 1984. Pincus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Before he became an entrepreneur, Pincus worked in venture capital and financial services for six years.
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    176
    Phil Schlein

    Phil Schlein

    Phil has been advising entrepreneurs since he joined USVP in 1985. As President and CEO of Macy's California for 11 years, he has focused his investments in the retail sector—from pure retailing plays to the consumer Internet. For example, he guided USVP's investments in PetsMart and Fresh Choice. Phil serves on the boards of Auction Drop, Catalist, Sound ID, and Specialtys .

    Phil is a guest lecturer in graduate classrooms at Stanford and Santa Clara University. He has two children, four grandchildren, and a 300-year old elder he looks up to: Emily, a magnificent oak in the center of his Napa Valley property. He has a vineyard where he grows mostly Cabernets. Phil is on the boards of the California College of Art, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the diRosa Preserve, a project in the Napa Valley that is seeking to create a public museum to show Rene diRosa's private collection of California artists.

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    177
    Wakefield Group

    Wakefield Group

    Founded in 1988, Wakefield Group has provided growth capital to more than 40 companies, primarily in North Carolina. We manage more than $100 million of capital, operate offices in Charlotte and Research Triangle Park, NC, and are privately owned.
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    178
    Bain & Company

    Bain & Company

    Bain & Company is a global management consulting firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Bain has 48 offices in 31 countries and more than 5,500 employees. It is considered one of the most prestigious consulting firms in the world, ranks first on the Vault Consulting 50, and has been named the Best Firm to Work For by Consulting Magazine for nine consecutive years. Bain & Company was established in 1973 by a group of seven former partners and managers from the Boston Consulting Group headed by Bill Bain. The company was originally headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts on Militia Drive. By the end of the decade, the firm's headquarters were in Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston. Under Bain's direction, the firm implemented a number of unconventional practices in its early years. Notably, Bain & Co. would only work with one client per industry to avoid potential conflicts of interest. Partners did not carry business cards and clients were referred to by code names, further demonstrating its reputation for enforcing client confidentiality. The company preferred to win work by boardroom referrals rather than marketing itself, sometimes landing clients by offering
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    179
    Jared Polis

    Jared Polis

    Jared Schutz Polis (born May 12, 1975) is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Polis is the son of Stephen Schutz and Susan Polis Schutz. He attended the La Jolla Country Day School in San Diego, California and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Princeton University. Polis along with his parents founded bluemountainarts.com, an online greeting card website, which he sold to Excite@Home three years later in a deal worth $780 million. In 1998, he launched the online florist company ProFlowers that expanded to become Provide Commerce, Inc., acquired in 2006 by Liberty Media Corporation. In 2000, Polis founded the Jared Polis Foundation, whose mission is to "create opportunities for success by supporting educators, increasing access to technology, and strengthening our community." Its main programs are the annual "Teacher Recognition Awards"; the "Community Computer Connection" program, which refurbishes and donates more than 3,500 computers a year to schools and non-profit organizations; and the semi-annual "Jared Polis
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    1 votes
    180
    Joi Ito

    Joi Ito

    Joichi "Joi" Ito (伊藤 穰一, Itō Jōichi, born June 19, 1966) is a Japanese-American activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Director of the MIT Media Lab. Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. He maintains a blog, a wiki and an IRC channel. Ito is the Chairman of Creative Commons, on the Board of Trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, on the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company as well as of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and General Partner of Neoteny Labs. Ito was born in Kyoto, Japan. His family moved to Canada and then when Ito was about age 3 to a suburb of Detroit, Michigan in the United States where his father became a research scientist and his mother a secretary for Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., now Ovonics. Company founder Stanford R. Ovshinsky was impressed with Ito, whom he thought of almost as his son. Ovshinsky helped Ito develop his interests in technology and social movements, and at age 13 gave him work with scientists, saying, "He was not a child in the
    7.00
    1 votes
    181
    NBC

    NBC

    The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network," due to its stylized peacock logo, created originally for its color broadcasts. Formed in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), NBC was the first major broadcast network in the United States. In 1986, control of NBC passed to General Electric (GE), with GE's $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. GE had previously owned RCA and NBC until 1930, when it had been forced to sell the company as a result of antitrust charges. After the 1986 acquisition, the chief executive of NBC was Bob Wright, until he retired, giving his job to Jeff Zucker. The network is currently part of the media company NBCUniversal, which is a joint venture of Comcast and General Electric since 2011 (and before that, jointly owned by GE and current Universal Music Group parent Vivendi). As a result of the merger, Zucker left NBC and was replaced by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has 10
    7.00
    1 votes
    182
    Ram Shriram

    Ram Shriram

    Kavitark Ram Shriram is a board member of Google and one of the first investors in Google. He earlier served as an officer of Amazon.com working for Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO. Shriram came to Amazon.com in August, 1998, when Amazon acquired Junglee, an online comparison shopping firm of which Shriram was president. Before Junglee and Amazon, Shriram was a member of the Netscape executive team, joining them in 1994, before they shipped products or posted revenue. Shriram holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Loyola College, Chennai of the University of Madras. He is a founding board member of Google and 247-inc.com. Shriram is also an investor in a global mobile Ad Network, InMobi, previously mKhoj. Shriram serves on the boards of StumbleUpon, Zazzle, Next Jump, Mevio and PaperlessPost.com, and also serves on the advisory board of Naukri.com, a classifieds site in India which has leading marketplaces in jobs, matrimony and real estate serving the Indian market. He owned 3.4 million shares of Google. As of September 2007, Shriram owned 1.7 million shares of Google. Shriram started Sherpalo , a venture capital firm that invests in promising new disruptive technologies, in January
    7.00
    1 votes
    183
    Vinod Khosla

    Vinod Khosla

    Vinod Khosla (Gurmukhi- ਵਿਨੋਦ ਖੋਸਲਾ) (born 28 January 1955) is an Indian-born American businessman and venture capitalist. Khosla was one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems, where he served as its first CEO and Chairman in the early 1980s. In 1986, he became a general partner of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he remained through the early 2000s. In 2004 Khosla formed his own firm, Khosla Ventures, which focused on venture investments in various technology sectors, most notably clean technology. He is a strong supporter of clean technology and said "If it doesn't scale, it doesn't matter. Most of what we talk about today—hybrid, biodiesel, ethanol, solar photovoltaics, geothermal—I believe are irrelevant to the scale of the problem." Khosla's father was an officer in the Indian Army and was posted at New Delhi, India. He read about the founding of Intel in Electronic Engineering Times at the age of fourteen and this inspired him to pursue technology as a career. Khosla went on to receive degrees from the IIT Delhi, India (Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University (Masters in Biomedical Engineering), and
    7.00
    1 votes
    184
    Harold L. Vogel

    Harold L. Vogel

    Harold L. Vogel is the author of Entertainment Industry Economics: A Guide for Financial Analysis (Sixth edition, 2004) and of the companion volume, Travel Industry Economics: A Guide for Financial Analysis (2001), both published by Cambridge University Press. He was ranked as top entertainment industry analyst for a record ten years by Institutional Investor magazine and was the senior entertainment industry analyst at Merrill Lynch for seventeen years. A chartered financial analyst (C.F.A.), Mr. Vogel served on the New York State Governor's Motion Picture and Television Advisory Board and as an adjunct professor of media economics at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. He is currently a venture capitalist and fund manager specializing in early stage investments in media and entertainment and aviation and is based in New York. He is also a corporate director of NearWare Networks and is on the advisory boards of Rightsline, TransMedia, and several other companies.
    5.33
    3 votes
    185
    Michael Arrington

    Michael Arrington

    J. Michael Arrington (born March 13, 1970, Orange, California, United States) is the American founder and former co-editor of TechCrunch, a blog covering the Silicon Valley technology start-up communities and the wider technology field in USA and elsewhere. Magazines such as Wired and Forbes have named Arrington one of the most powerful people on the Internet. In 2008, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. Wired also included him in a flowchart of "internet blowhards" citing his obsession with Web 2.0. Arrington grew up in Huntington Beach, California and Surrey, England, attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a major in economics. He went on to Stanford Law School and graduated in 1995. He practiced corporate and securities law at O’Melveny & Myers, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Arrington left the practice of law to join Real Names, which failed after raising $100M. Arrington was co-founder of Achex, an internet payments company, which was sold to First Data Corp for US$32 million and is now the back end of Western Union online. "I made enough to buy a Porsche. Not
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    3 votes
    186
    Michael Tanne

    Michael Tanne

    Michael has been involved with building search engines for a long time, starting at Verity where he directed product management. He started Wink in 2005, compelled by a belief that people could provide valuable input that would make search better. Prior to Wink, Michael was CEO of X-Degrees, and was a founder of AdForce (IPO 1999) which was ultimately sold to CMGI. Michael serves on the Board of Cloudmark, a leading provider of anti-spam solutions. He is a Founder and Board Member of Full Circle Fund, a Bay Area non-profit that engages emerging business leaders in philanthropy through grants and hands-on assistance to promising organizations. Michael holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Stanford University. Michael keeps the team motivated and cranking with his zeal for social search, and copious amounts of Red Bull and other highly caffeinated energy drinks.
    5.33
    3 votes
    187
    Apex Venture Partners

    Apex Venture Partners

    Apex Venture Partners, established in 1987, has five funds and more than $500 million under management. The firm has invested in over 110 technology companies.  Apex focuses on early stage investments in enterprise applications & services, IT infrastructure, and telecommunications. Apex's guiding investment philosophy is to provide exceptional returns for our investors and build significant value in our portfolio companies. Our central location in Chicago enables us to review opportunities throughout the United States and invest in companies having the greatest potential for value creation, regardless of geography.
    6.00
    2 votes
    188
    Cadence Design Systems

    Cadence Design Systems

    Cadence Design Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CDNS) is an electronic design automation (EDA) software and engineering services company, founded in 1988 by the merger of SDA Systems and ECAD, Inc. For years it had been the largest company in the EDA industry producing software for designing chips and printed circuit boards. Cadence's product offerings are targeted at various types of design and verification tasks which include: In addition to EDA software, Cadence provides contracted methodology and design services as well as silicon design IP, and has a program to make it easier for other EDA software to interoperate with the company's tools. As a large public company, Cadence has been involved in a number of legal disputes. Two in particular are notable: Cadence was involved in a long running (6 years) legal dispute with Avanti Corporation, in which Cadence claimed Avant! stole Cadence code, and Avant! denied it. According to Business Week "The Avant! case is probably the most dramatic tale of white-collar crime in the history of Silicon Valley". The Avant! executives eventually plead no contest and Cadence received several hundred million dollars in restitution. Avant! was then purchased
    6.00
    2 votes
    189
    Casper De Clercq

    Casper De Clercq

    A twenty-year veteran of the medical and life sciences industry, Casper de Clercq observes that innovation in the biotech sector runs in cycles. In the past five years, for instance, there has been extensive adoption of high throughput cell screening assays in the industry.

    Having joined USVP in 2004, Casper has extensive experience with device innovations in the cardiovascular arena, drug delivery and diagnostics. Given changing conditions in the drug development area, oncology and other therapeutics with an abbreviated regulatory path are of particular interest to Casper.

    Prior to 2004, Casper was heavily involved in several rounds of financing and the IPO process at Aerogen (AEGN), a specialty pharmaceutical company, where he served as Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Marketing. In 1999 he co-founded Epicor, which was acquired in 2004 by St. Jude Medical at a valuation of more than $200 million. Casper also held senior sales and marketing positions with Heartport (minimally invasive heart surgery) and Diagnostic Products Corporation (immunodiagnostics). At these companies, Casper worked closely with the scientific and engineering teams to define customer requirements and lead product commercialization.

    Early in his career Casper worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company, working in Boston, Johannesburg and London. Casper holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth and an M.B.A. and M.A. in Biology/Immunology from Stanford University.

    6.00
    2 votes
    190
    Flagship Ventures

    Flagship Ventures

    Flagship Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on creating, financing, and building innovative companies in the Life Science and Technology sectors. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Flagship Ventures was founded in 1999 and manages $700 million in capital. Prior to its founding, Flagship's principals were involved as founders or investors in over 100 firms including: Adolor, AltaVista, Anesta, Antigenics, Aspect Medical, Astral Point, Celera Genomics, ChemGenics Pharmaceuticals, Color Kinetics, Chantry Networks, Cytyc, DataSage, Exact Sciences, IDEXX, PerSeptive Biosystems, Somatogen, Telecorp PCS and TripAdvisor.

    The Flagship investment team consists of 10 professionals and is led by co-founders Noubar Afeyan and Ed Kania. Complementing our internal team is our extensive network of academic and industrial advisors who are actively engaged in evaluating and helping develop our new ventures. Extending over a period of 20 years, our entrepreneurship and investment experience comes from founding over 30 successful new ventures while funding and building over 100 more.

    To maximize the returns to our investors, we combine our experience, our passion for innovation, our focus on value creation and our commitment to the success of each company's leadership team.
    6.00
    2 votes
    191
    Kevin Compton

    Kevin Compton

    Kevin Compton joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1990. Since joining KPCB, Kevin's investments have focused on enterprise software and the telecommunications industry. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies, Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) and VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN).

    Kevin also serves on several private company boards, including KnowNow, Intersperse, Kodiak Networks, and XenSource.

    Other investments he has led for the partnership include Audible, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL), Cable Services Group (NASDAQ:CSGS), Global Village (NASDAQ:GVIL), Mobile Telecommunications Corporation (SkyTel) (NASDAQ:MTEL), ONI Systems (NASDAQ:ONIS), Volterra (NASDAQ:VLTR), and Active Software, acquired by WebMethods (NASDAQ:WEBM).

    Prior to joining KPCB, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Network Systems Team at Businessland (now Siemens). While in this role, the company's sales increased from under $70 million to over $1.4 billion, and the company was recognized as the number one supplier in worldwide Local Area Networks for three straight years.
    6.00
    2 votes
    192
    Kevin P. Ryan

    Kevin P. Ryan

    Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. In 2007, Kevin along with a founding team created Gilt Groupe as an invitation-only site for coveted women's apparel and accessories. Today, Gilt Groupe has expanded to include business lines in home décor (Gilt Home); kids & baby (Gilt Kids); men's apparel and gear (Gilt MAN); artisanal food and wines (Gilt Taste); an online retail store for men's apparel and accessories (Park & Bond); vacation travel (Jetsetter); local U.S. services and experiences (Gilt City), and has founded the leading flash-sale site in Japan (Gilt Japan). Kevin is one of the leading Internet entrepreneurs in the United States having founded several New York-based businesses, including Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, and 10gen/MongoDB, and helped build DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as president and later as CEO. He fostered DoubleClick's growth from a 20-person startup to a global leader with over 1,500 employees. Ryan built DoubleClick into a multi-billion dollar global industry leader. Under his direction, DoubleClick was awarded the title of "New
    6.00
    2 votes
    193
    Lehman Brothers

    Lehman Brothers

    Lightfoot Capital Partners is an investment partnership dealing in energy-related investments. It is a limited partnership based in New York City.
    6.00
    2 votes
    194
    Niklas Zennström

    Niklas Zennström

    Niklas Zennström (born 16 February 1966) is a Swedish entrepreneur best known for founding several high-profile online ventures with Janus Friis including Skype and Kazaa. More recently he founded the investment group Atomico and has become a significant figurehead for entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Zennström started his professional career in 1993 at the European telecom operator Tele2. He went on to serve in various business development roles including launching and being responsible for European Internet Service Provider business get2net and as CEO of the everyday.com portal. In 2001 Zennström and Friis co-founded Kazaa, the peer-to-peer file sharing application. Niklas served as CEO and the program became the world's most downloaded Internet software in 2003. After lawsuits were filed by members of the music and motion picture industry in the USA, Kazaa was sold to Sharman Networks. Zennström then founded and served as CEO at Joltid, a software company developing and marketing peer-to-peer solutions and traffic optimization technologies. Zennström also co-founded Altnet, the world's first secure peer-to-peer network promoting commercial content to consumers integrating
    6.00
    2 votes
    195
    Ted Leonsis

    Ted Leonsis

    Theodore John Leonsis (born January 8, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Internet pioneer, sports team owner, venture capital investor, filmmaker, author and philanthropist. His early new media company, Redgate Communications was acquired by America Online in 1994, and Leonsis became a senior AOL executive for the next 13 years. He is the majority owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals, the NBA's Washington Wizards, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. He serves as Founder and Chairman of SnagFilms, vice chairman of Groupon and on the board of American Express and other companies. Leonsis has produced documentary films such as the Peabody and the Emmy Award-winning Nanking and is the author of The Business of Happiness. Leonsis was born to Greek American parents in Brooklyn, and spent his early years there. His parents worked as a waiter and a secretary. After skipping 8th grade, Leonsis attended Brooklyn Technical High School but before graduation, his family moved back to their hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1973 and Georgetown University in 1977. After graduation, Leonsis moved back to his parents'
    6.00
    2 votes
    196
    Highland Capital Partners

    Highland Capital Partners

    Highland Capital Partners is a venture capital firm that focuses on investments in seed, early, and growth stage companies in the communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare, and information technology sectors. The firm's partners include: Peter Bell, Sean Dalton, Bob Davis, Laurence Garrett, Bob Higgins, Paul Maeder, Andy Miller, Fergal Mullen, Corey Mulloy, Dan Nova, Chuan Thor, and Kuantai Yeh. Founded in 1988, the company has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Menlo Park, California, USA; Geneva, Switzerland; London, UK and Shanghai, China. Led by Thomas G. Stemberg, the Highland Consumer Fund was formed by Highland in 2006 to invest in consumer-facing enterprises that are in need of capital for growth and expansion. The firm finished fundraising in 2007 with over $300 million of investor commitments, exceeding its $250 million target. Highland is typically the first institutional investor in the companies they back. From inception in 1988 through the middle of 2009, the firm has raised eight venture capital funds with aggregate investor commitments of approximately $3 billion: The company has invested some $2.5 billion in more than 200 companies since its
    5.00
    3 votes
    197
    Leapfrog Ventures

    Leapfrog Ventures

    Why do we call ourselves Leapfrog?
    The answer is simple. We believe that the most successful company in any industry gains a disproportionately higher return for its shareholders. Our mission is to help our portfolio companies Leapfrog their competitors and achieve industry-leading levels of competitive and market performance as quickly as possible.

    What does it take to Leapfrog the competition?
    Success isn't easy. Opportunity, skill, resources, relationships, commitment, and execution are all needed to succeed. We know. We are all experienced operating executives of technology companies as well as successful venture investors. We can recognize the patterns that signal opportunities or risks in a small, high growth company. We have the resources and relationships to help entrepreneurs create the key alliances that will allow them to achieve victory early and convincingly.

    We know what entrepreneurs need to succeed.
    Every entrepreneur wants an investor who can help build the business. What does this mean? Certainly it is about advice and experience. These are the intangibles. Then there are the tangibles - the introductions to key customers and strategic partners, the access to distribution channels, the assistance in attracting and recruiting key executives - these are the immediate advantages that help Leapfrog the competition. We have built an extensive network of relationships which can be called upon to accelerate the success of our portfolio companies.

    Leapfrogging takes teamwork.
    When you work with us, you work with all of us, not just a single partner. All the partners work closely with all our companies to ensure that all of our collective resources are being matched to the immediate needs of our portfolio companies.

    Leapfrog is selective.
    This level of commitment and involvement has an impact. We can only focus on a select number of companies; therefore, we have high standards and high expectations. Frankly, we are biased towards entrepreneurs who share this commitment to excellence.

    5.00
    3 votes
    198
    Warburg Pincus

    Warburg Pincus

    Warburg Pincus, LLC is a global private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe, Brazil, China and India. It has been a private equity investor since 1966. The firm currently has approximately $30 billion in assets under management and invests in a range of sectors including consumer, industrial and services (CIS), energy, financial services, health care, technology, media and telecommunication TMT and real estate. Warburg Pincus is a growth investor and its active portfolio of more than 125 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus has raised 13 private equity funds which have invested more than $40 billion in over 650 companies in more than 30 countries. Warburg Pincus also has a long history as a leading investor in the information and communication technology sectors, including investments in Avaya, BEA Systems, Bharti Tele-Ventures, Cassatt, Harbour Networks, NeuStar, Systinet, Telcordia and VERITAS Software. The firm traces its history to 1939, when Eric Warburg of the Warburg banking family founded a company under the name E.M. Warburg & Co. Its first address was 52 William Street, New York, the Kuhn Loeb building.
    5.00
    3 votes
    199
    Azure Capital Partners

    Azure Capital Partners

    Azure Capital Partners is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in the information technology industry. The firm was founded in 2000, and works using an investment research approach to venture capital investing. In 2009, Azure Capital appeared in the Red Herring magazine's list of top 100 global venture capitals; and in October 2008, the company sold Bill Me Later to eBay for $945 million. Other exits include TopTier, VMware, World Wide Packets, and VAPPS. Azure’s portfolio includes BlogHer, BroadLight, Calix, Cooking.com, Coraid, Cyan Optics, Education.com, ezRez Software, Fonality, K2 (SourceCode), Knowledge Adventure, Medsphere, NeoNova, Phanfare, PSS Systems, Rooftop Comedy, SilkRoad technology, SlideRocket, TravelMuse, TripIt and Zend Technologies.
    5.50
    2 votes
    200
    Arati Prabhakar

    Arati Prabhakar

    Arati Prabhakar joined U.S. Venture Partners in 2001 after 15 years of working with world-class engineers and scientists across many fields to brew new technologies. At USVP, her focus is fabless semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing opportunities. She serves on the boards of Arradiance, Kilopass, Kleer, Leadis Technology (NASDAQ: LDIS), Lightspeed Logic, Pivotal Systems, and SiBeam.

    Arati was a program manager and then director of the Microelectronics Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 1986 to 1993. At DARPA, she supported R&D in company and university labs in semiconductor manufacturing, imaging, optoelectronics and nanoelectronics. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Arati Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led the 3,000 person staff until 1997. Arati then joined Raychem as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. She was subsequently Vice President and then President of Interval Research Corporation. Arati began her career as a Congressional fellow at the Office of Technology Assessment.

    Arati serves on advisory committees for Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, and UC Santa Barbara. She is a member of the Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) board of the National Research Council. Arati received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. She received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Arati is a Fellow of the IEEE.
    6.00
    1 votes
    201
    Battery Ventures L.P

    Battery Ventures L.P

    Founded in 1983, Battery Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in technology companies at all stages of growth, from seed to later stage and tech buyouts. Battery leverages its people, expertise, and capital to actively guide companies to category dominance. The firm has invested in over 180 companies worldwide across information technology industries. From its offices in Wellesley, MA and Menlo Park, CA the partnership manages over $2 billion in committed capital, including its new fund of $450 million.
    6.00
    1 votes
    202
    Keith Rabois

    Keith Rabois

    Keith Rabois is currently the General Manager of Square. Keith was formerly Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Slide, where he was responsible for Slide’s corporate strategy and partnerships. Prior to Slide, Keith served as Vice President of Business & Corporate Development at LinkedIn. Earlier in his career, Keith served as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Policy for PayPal, and is said to be the only person who owns equity in every VC-financed consumer Internet company founded by former PayPal employees. He currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp, Xoom, Vendio, and FanIQ. He was an early investor in YouTube and LinkedIn, and is a limited partner at Sequoia Capital. Keith also practiced at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell.
    6.00
    1 votes
    203
    Sage Capital Partners

    Sage Capital Partners

    The Sage Group, LLC acquired Mercury Partners Fund - III, L.P. in September 2003 and changed its name to Sage Capital Partners, L.P. Sage Capital Partners, L.P. (“SCP”) is now the private equity arm of The Sage Group, LLC (“Sage”), a leading Los Angeles-based merchant bank.

    SCP has total committed capital in excess of $55 million. Investors in SCP include financiers, top executives, and founders of successful companies representing a broad spectrum of industries. SCP and its portfolio companies benefit from this experience, as well as the breadth and depth of resources at Sage.

    SCP actively pursues investment opportunities across several industry sectors. In general, SCP focuses on companies with revenues between $20 and $150 million, and that require equity capital to:

    • Finance management buyouts, strategic acquisitions, recapitalizations, or growth;
    • Acquire non-strategic divisions or subsidiaries of larger companies;
    • Provide liquidity to asset-based borrowers;
    • Fund sound businesses constrained by estate, tax, health, or other liquidity issues; and
    • Complete complementary acquisitions for current portfolio companies.

    SCP has a proven track record of successfully investing in small and mid-sized companies. SCP’s investment professionals have decades of experience investing in a wide variety of industries, including business services, consumer products, and manufacturing companies.

    SCP seeks companies with experienced management teams, well-defined business segments, strong market positions, and significant potential for long-term growth. SCP does not directly manage the companies in which it invests, but rather, works closely with management to develop and execute strategic plans, identify and negotiate acquisitions, finance continued growth, and increase shareholder value.

    6.00
    1 votes
    204
    Sharp Corporation

    Sharp Corporation

    Sharp Corporation (シャープ株式会社, Shāpu Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese multinational corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products. Headquartered in Abeno-ku, Osaka, Japan, Sharp employed around 55,580 people worldwide as of June 2011. The company was founded in September 1912 and takes its name from one of its founder's first inventions, the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil, which was invented by Tokuji Hayakawa (早川 徳次) in 1915. Since then it has developed into one of the leading electronics companies in the world. Sharp Corporation is the fourth-largest television manufacturer in the world, after Samsung, LG and Sony. Sharp acquired a controlling stake in Pioneer Corporation in 2007. On 25 June 2009, Sharp and Pioneer agreed to form a joint venture comprising their optical businesses, called "Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Corporation". In 1912, Tokuji Hayakawa (早川 徳次) founded a metal workshop in Tokyo. The first of his many inventions was a snap buckle named 'Tokubijo'. Another of his major inventions was the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil in 1915, from which the Sharp Corporation took its name. After the pencil business was destroyed by the 1923 Great Kantō
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    1 votes
    205
    Sony

    Sony

    Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Gaisha) (TYO: 6758, NYSE: SNE), commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It ranked 87th on the 2012 list of Fortune Global 500. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its four operating segments – Electronics (including video games, network services and medical business), Motion pictures, Music and Financial Services. These make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal business operations include Sony Corporation (Sony Electronics in the U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Mobile Communications (formerly Sony Ericsson), and Sony Financial. Sony is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders and third-largest television manufacturer in the world, after Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. The Sony Group (ソニー・グループ, Sonī Gurūpu) is a
    6.00
    1 votes
    206
    Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN), known as TI, is an American global company that designs and makes semiconductors based in Dallas, Texas, United States, It sells to electronics designers and manufacturers globally. TI is the third largest manufacturer of semiconductors worldwide after Intel and Samsung, the second largest supplier of chips for cellular handsets after Qualcomm, and the largest producer of digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog semiconductors, among a wide range of other semiconductor products, including calculators, microcontrollers and multi-core processors. Texas Instruments is among the Top 20 Semiconductor producing companies in the world. Texas Instruments was founded in 1951. It emerged after a reorganization of Geophysical Service. This company manufactured equipment for use in the seismic industry as well as defense electronics. TI researched infrared technology in the late 1950s and later made transistors, including the world's first workable silicon transistor, radar systems, guidance and control systems for both missiles and bombs. In 1954, Texas Instruments designed and manufactured the first transistor radio and Jack Kilby invented the
    6.00
    1 votes
    207
    Hearst Corporation

    Hearst Corporation

    The Hearst Corporation is an American mass media group based in the Hearst Tower, Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. Founded by William Randolph Hearst as an owner of newspapers, the company's holdings now include a wide variety of media. The Hearst family is involved in the ownership and management of the company. Hearst is one of the largest diversified communications companies in the world. Its major interests include 15 daily and 38 weekly newspapers, and more than 300 magazines around the world, including Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations through Hearst Television Inc. which reach a combined 18% of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including A+E Networks, and ESPN Inc.; as well as business publishing, Internet businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution and real estate. Under William Randolph Hearst's will, a common board of thirteen trustees (its composition fixed at five family members and eight outsiders) administers the Hearst Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and the trust that owns (and selects the 18-member board of) the Hearst
    5.00
    2 votes
    208
    ITOCHU

    ITOCHU

    Itochu Corporation (伊藤忠商事株式会社, Itōchū Shōji Kabushiki-gaisha), until 1992 "C. Itoh" in English, is a Japanese general trading concern based in Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka and Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo. It has a common origin with Marubeni Corporation. Itochu is a Fortune 500 company. Initially founded as a kimono retail store in 1858 by Chūbei Itō, C. Itoh & Co. Ltd., gradually evolved from pure buying and selling to manufacturing, supplying, exporting, and investments. After various mergers and acquisitions, it was incorporated in 1918 and again in 1949. From the early 1970s C. Itoh & Co., was a major supplier of synthetic yarn (polyester) to India's Reliance Industries Limited. Over the years, the close collaboration between both companies culminated in the co-promotion of a world-scale Polypropylene Project with a capacity of 250,000 tonnes per annum at a total project cost of Rs. 525 Crores, at Hazira in the State of Gujarat. With a $50 million for a 15 percent stake, it was at that point, the largest investment in India by a Japanese firm. On October 1, 1992, C. Itoh & Co. Ltd. changed its name to Itochu Corporation which is a direct transliteration of its Japanese name. Itochu now
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    2 votes
    209
    Martin Roscheisen

    Martin Roscheisen

    R. Martin Roscheisen is an Austrian-American technology entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. Martin Roscheisen was born and raised in Munich, Germany, as an Austrian citizen. Attending Feodor Lynen high school near Munich, he graduated valedictorian in 1987. While still a teenager, he spent a year at the legendary Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Silicon Valley. He subsequently studied computer science and electrical engineering at Munich Technical University, graduating at the top of his class. In 1992, he moved to California to earn a doctorate in engineering at Stanford University (with fellow students in Terry Winograd's group of the same year including Sergey Brin and Larry Page.) Roscheisen was among the first generation of entrepreneurs in the late 1990s pursuing opportunities in the commercial Internet; and starting in 2000 he was one of the first entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to focus on green energy technology: - In 1995, Roscheisen co-founded FindLaw, which became the most widely used Internet legal site, for the first time making U.S. case law including all Supreme Court decisions accessible to the public. FindLaw is now a business unit of Thomson's West
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    Rajeev Motwani

    Rajeev Motwani

    Rajeev Motwani is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Berkeley in 1988. His research has spanned a diverse set of areas in computer science, including databases and data mining, web search and information retrieval, robotics, computational drug design, and theoretical computer science. He has written two books - Randomized Algorithms published by Cambridge University Press in 1995, and an undergraduate textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 2001. Motwani has received the Godel Prize, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Arthur Sloan Research Fellowship, the National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Bergmann Memorial Award from the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and an IBM Faculty Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and serves on the editorial boards of SIAM Journal on Computing, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. Motwani serves on various industry boards and advisory boards, including Adeosoft, Agitar, Centrata, Coral8, DotEdu Ventures, Flarion, Google, Green Border, Jareva, Jumpstartup Ventures, Meru Networks, Mimosa Systems, Revenue Science, Sanera, Vhayu, and Xambala. He is a charter member of TIE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) and on the board of BASES (Business Association of Stanford Engineering Students).
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    August Capital

    August Capital

    August Capital was founded in August of 1995 by David Marquardt and John Johnston, both formerly of Technology Venture Investors (TVI). The firm currently has over $1.3 billion under management and focuses on investing in early stage technology companies. Early stage investments of the firm's partners include Microsoft, Adaptec, Compaq, Sun Microsystems, Seagate, Intuit, Sybase, Visio, Actel and ViewLogic. In addition, members of the August team have been founders of numerous companies including Wired Digital, MMC Networks, Cobalt Networks and Transmeta. Together, the partners bring over 60 years of investment experience and their investments have created in excess of $400 billion dollars in equity value. August takes a relatively unique approach, even within the early-stage venture community, by focusing on long-term deep technology bets driven by visionary entrepreneurs. Every venture capital firm makes tradeoffs when it establishes its investing priorities. Our priorities include Great entrepreneurs
    Although recruiting a good management team is often a prerequisite for long-term success, the firm's approach is to first and foremost work with visionary, passionate entrepreneurs who can drive the company and its products. Deep Technology
    Identifying the right product and market are essential components of any business plan. However, August specifically looks for companies that have deep technology and a sustainable advantage. We do not use consultants for our due diligence and attempt to understand our companies' products and technologies thoroughly. Long-Term, Large Bets
    Great companies are not created overnight, and much of the early years are spent sowing the right seeds in culture, strategy, and technology. The majority of the wealth created by our partners' investments is created after the companies go public. Due to the early-stage, hands-on focus, the partners make relatively few investments, and serve on an average of five boards each.
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    Caterina Fake

    Caterina Fake

    Caterina Fake is an American businesswoman. She is best known for co-founding the websites Flickr and Hunch. Fake was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to an American father, and a Filipina mother who is a naturalized citizen. Fake graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, attended Smith College, and graduated from Vassar College in 1991. In the 1990s, Fake was Art Director at Salon.com, and heavily involved in the development of online community, social software and personal publishing. In 1997, she took a job managing the community forums of Netscape. In the summer of 2002, Fake co-founded Ludicorp in Vancouver with Stewart Butterfield. The company developed a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Game Neverending. The game did not launch but Fake and Butterfield started a new product called Flickr that became one of the world's most popular photosharing websites. Flickr was then acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. Flickr became part of a vanguard of so-called Web 2.0 sites, integrating features such as social networking, community open APIs, tagging, and algorithms that surfaced the most popular content. After the acquisition, Fake took a job at Yahoo!, where she ran the
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    Columbia Capital

    Columbia Capital

    Sector Focused. Engaged in Your Industry. Columbia Capital is a premier venture capital franchise in wireless, broadband, media, and enterprise information technology investing. Since our formation in 1989, we have taken a sector-focused approach to investing, and have funded over 120 companies in our core markets. Our sector focus allows us to regularly identify disruptive emerging companies and to recognize and build value throughout a company’s lifecycle – from early stage investments, to large growth stage financings and special situations. A Proven Record. A Network of Value. Our most recent venture fund of $560 million, Columbia Capital Equity Partners IV, closed in 2005, brings our total dollars under management to over $2 billion. Columbia is comprised of a team of ten partners that has been investing together at the firm for over a decade. We bring the collective expertise of our team to bear to help our portfolio companies succeed-creating value through industry knowledge and access to the extensive network of business and technical relationships we've built over time. Active Leadership. Invested in Your Future. Columbia Capital invests for the long term to build great companies. We form close partnerships with our entrepreneurs and have earned a reputation for a disciplined and patient approach. We are partners with our entrepreneurs and we work hard on their behalf to create value. We are a team-oriented investor and leader in and out of the boardroom, proud to be the most active participant on a portfolio company's Board of Directors.
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    James H. Clark

    James H. Clark

    James H. Clark (born March 23, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO and Healtheon. His research work in computer graphics led to the development of systems for the fast rendering of three-dimensional computer images. Clark was born in Plainview, Texas and endured a difficult childhood. He dropped out of high school after being suspended, and spent four years in the Navy. Clark began taking night courses at Tulane University's University College where, despite his lack of a high school diploma, he was able to earn enough credits to be admitted to the University of New Orleans. There, Clark earned his Bachelor's and a Master's degrees in physics, followed by a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah in 1974. After completing his PhD, Clark worked at NYIT's Computer Graphics Lab, serving as an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1974 to 1978, and then as an associate professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University from 1979 to 1982. Clark's research work concerned
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    Joe Kraus

    Joe Kraus

    Joe Kraus is the founder of Excite, JotSpot, and DigitalConsumer.org, along with his long-time business partner Graham Spencer. Currently, Kraus is an Investment Partner on the Google Ventures team. A long time entrepreneur, Kraus has been involved with early-stage technology development and starting companies for more than twelve years. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in political science, he joined with five engineering friends to found the Internet company Excite, which would declare bankruptcy in 2001 . The original president of Excite, Kraus was deeply involved in product strategy, direction and vision as the company grew. He also held senior operational roles in business development, international development and content. After leaving Excite@Home in 2000, Kraus was a co-founder of Digitalconsumer.org, a non-profit consumer organization with more than 50,000 members dedicated to expanding consumers' fair-use rights to digital media. Kraus, along with other co-founder Graham Spencer, continues to work on these issues. In 2006, Kraus joined the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In addition to his non-profit focus, he has also
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    Credit Suisse

    Credit Suisse

    The Credit Suisse Group AG is a Swiss multinational financial services company headquartered in Zurich, with more than 250 branches in Switzerland and operations in more than 50 countries. Credit Suisse was founded by Alfred Escher in 1856 under the name Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA, English: Swiss Credit Institution). It was founded to fund railway development in Switzerland without influence from foreign investors. Many early attempts to get involved in agriculture, venture investments, commodities and international trade failed to make a profit, but the company played a substantial role in Switzerland's economic development by funding railroad and electricity development in the 1800s. Credit Suisse became a shareholder in a large number of financial services companies that it itself founded and setup management for. In the 1900s it created branches and deposit counters in response to the development of retail banking. Credit Suisse helped fund reconstruction efforts in both world wars and emerged from the credit crisis in a stronger position than most banks. In the 1970s and '80s Credit Suisse and First Boston formed Credit Suisse First Boston and several other First
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    Hewlett-Packard

    Hewlett-Packard

    Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) or HP is an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. It provides products, technologies, software, solutions and services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors. The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by William (Bill) Redington Hewlett and Dave Packard. HP is the world's leading PC manufacturer. It specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise, and industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers, and other imaging products. HP markets its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. HP also has strong services and consulting business around its products and
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    Mitchell Kapor

    Mitchell Kapor

    Mitchell David Kapor (born 1 November 1950) is the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3. He is also a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the first chair of the Mozilla Foundation. He has been involved in a number of other Internet-oriented organizations. Kapor was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended public schools on Long Island in Freeport, New York, where he graduated from high school in 1967. In 1966, he studied astronomy at the Summer Science Program. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1971 and studied psychology, linguistics and computer science as part of an interdisciplinary major in cybernetics. Kapor served as Music Director and Program Director at Yale's radio station WYBC-FM. During the 1970s, Kapor was employed as a radio disc jockey at WHCN-FM, a commercial progressive rock station based in Hartford, Connecticut. It was also in this period that he became interested in Transcendental Meditation, going on to teach it in Cambridge, Massachusetts (where he also worked as a low-level computer programmer) and Fairfield, Iowa. In 1978, he graduated with a master's degree in psychology from
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    Vanguard Ventures

    Vanguard Ventures

    Vanguard Ventures is a leading early stage venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs build pioneering technology and life science companies. Vanguard partners bring hands-on entrepreneurial experience to the firm, as well as executive and venture capital backgrounds.

    Each of our managing directors has unique expertise and interests, and, together with our network of affiliates, provides meaningful support and assistance to our portfolio companies.

    Over the last 25 years, Vanguard Ventures has invested in over 120 companies, 30 of which have had notable success, including public companies such as Advanced Fibre Communications, Cobalt Networks, Ciena, Endotherapeutics, Network Appliance, Digital Island and ZipRealty. With each of these companies, Vanguard invested in the first round of venture financing.

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    Oak Investment Partners

    Oak Investment Partners

    Oak Investment Partners is a private equity firm focusing on venture capital investments in companies developing communications systems, information technology, new Internet media, healthcare services and retail. The firm, founded in 1978, is based in Westport, Connecticut with offices is Minneapolis and Palo Alto, Califorina. Since inception, Oak had invested in more than 480 companies and had raised more than $8.4 billion in investor commitments across 12 private equity funds. In May 2006, Oak raised its 12th fund, at $2.56 billion reportedly the largest venture capital fund ever raised. Oak invests across a range of stages: funding startup companies, funding spinouts of existing divisions and assets, and providing growth capital to later-stage companies. Oak also selectively invests in public companies through PIPE investments. In December 2008, Oak invested 25 million dollars in the online media outlet Huffington Post. Other notable Oak investments include Dick's Sporting Goods, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Office Depot, Petsmart, Polycom, nLIGHT, Sandisk, and Seagate.
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    Amidzad

    Amidzad

    Amidzad is a seed and early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in emerging growth companies on the West Coast, with over 50 years of combined entrepreneurial experience in building profitable, global enterprises from the ground up and over 25 years of combined investing experience in successful information technology and life science companies. Over the years, Amidzad has assembled a world-class network of serial entrepreneurs, strategic investors, and industry leaders who actively assist portfolio companies as Entrepreneur Partners and Advisors.Amidzad has invested in companies like Danger, BIX, Songbird, Melodis, Freewebs, Agitar, Affinity Circles, Litescape and Picaboo.
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    Austin Ventures

    Austin Ventures

    For more than twenty years, Austin Ventures has successfully partnered with visionary entrepreneurs and startup executives to build category-defining technology companies. We focus on seed and rapid growth opportunities in:
    • Enterprise application, Internet, and infrastructure software
    • Datacenter and communications systems
    • Semiconductors and components
    Our venture capital team typically becomes involved early in a company’s development. The majority of our initial investments occur prior to product availability. Our investments range in size from $100,000 proof-of-concept projects to $20 million expansion capital rounds. We maintain a rigorous investment process and a commitment to work closely with our portfolio companies. We understand that promising companies need more than financial backing to succeed. As a partner, Austin Ventures provides emerging technology companies with a long-term investment approach, a proven ability to build value at the early stage, affiliate fund support, and access to an unparalleled network of executives, capital sources, and technology professionals.
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    Guy Kawasaki

    Guy Kawasaki

    Guy Kawasaki (born August 30, 1954) is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, bestselling author, and Apple Fellow. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. He is currently a Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, and has been involved in the rumor reporting site Truemors and the RSS aggregation Alltop. He is also a well-known blogger. Guy Kawasaki was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he attended the Iolani School. He cites his AP English teacher Harold Keables as a major influence, who taught him that “the key to writing is editing.” He graduated with B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1976. After attending Stanford, he went to law school at UC Davis, where he lasted one week before realizing that he hated law school. In 1977, he enrolled in the UCLA Anderson School of Management, from where he received his MBA. His first job was at a jewellery company, Nova Stylings; in regards to this, Kawasaki said “the jewelry business is a very, very tough business — tougher than the computer business... I learned a very valuable lesson: how to sell.” In 1983, Kawasaki got a job at Apple through his Stanford roommate,
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    Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

    Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

    Hummer Winblad Venture Partners was founded in 1989 as the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in software companies. Through our history, we’ve had the opportunity to invest in the pioneers and leaders of several generations of software applications, architectures, delivery methods and business models. We’ve helped entrepreneurs build companies in desktop software, embedded systems, client-server, distributed network computing, internet, and software as a service. Our earliest portfolio companies started shipping software on floppy disks and today we’re investors in pioneering companies in on-demand computing. We’ve seen everything from shrink-wrap licenses to enterprise-wide "big deals" to subscription pricing; from direct sales to highly-leveraged channel strategies. In other words, because software is all we do, we bring tremendous value to highly talented people who want to build great software companies. We hope our website tells you a lot about us, but please feel free to contact any of us directly.
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    Irwin Federman

    Irwin Federman

    Irwin joined USVP in 1990 as a general partner with significant investment experience: as CEO of Monolithic Memories, he led his firm's investments in successful startups such as Cypress Semiconductor, Xilinx and Altera. During his tenure as CEO from 1978 to 1987, Irwin spearheaded MMI's turnaround from virtual bankruptcy to a $250 million revenue organization. When MMI merged with Advanced Micro Devices, Irwin assumed the post of Vice Chairman of AMD. As former Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association and board member of the National Venture Capital Association, Irwin draws on the breadth of his experience to help entrepreneurs consider their options:Irwin was a founding or lead investor in Blue Martini, CheckPoint Software Technologies, Centillium Communications, Crescendo Communications, MMC Networks, NeoMagic, Netro, Nuance Communications, Quick Logic, SanDisk and TelCom Semiconductor. He has led USVP's investments in BeVocal, On24 and Mellanox, among many others.Irwin received a B.S. in Economics from Brooklyn College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Santa Clara University. A recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty, Irwin is involved with a number of community organizations in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Irwin and his wife enjoy ballet and opera and support the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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    Jeffrey P. Bezos

    Jeffrey P. Bezos

    Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos (/ˈbeɪzəs/; born January 12, 1964) is an American entrepreneur who played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Inc., an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and the model for Internet sales. Bezos was born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and Ted Jorgensen. His maternal ancestors were settlers who lived in Texas, and over the generations acquired a 25,000 acre (101 km or 39 miles) ranch in Cotulla. Bezos' maternal grandfather was a regional director of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque. He retired early to the ranch, where Bezos spent many summers as a youth, working with him. At an early age, Bezos displayed a striking mechanical aptitude – as a toddler, he tried dismantling his crib Bezos was born to a teenage mother in Albuquerque. Her marriage to his father lasted little more than a year. When Jeff was five, she remarried, this time to Miguel Bezos. Miguel was born in Cuba, migrated to the United States alone when he was fifteen years old,
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    Khosla Ventures

    Khosla Ventures

    Khosla Ventures offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital to entrepreneurs. The firm helps entrepreneurs extend the potential of their ideas in both traditional venture areas like the Internet, computing, mobile, and silicon technology arenas but also supports breakthrough scientific work in clean technology areas such as bio-refineries for energy and bioplastics, solar, battery and other environmentally friendly technologies. Vinod Khosla was formerly a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins and founder of Sun Microsystems. Vinod has been labeled the #1 VC by Forbes and Fortune recently labeled him as one the nation's most influential ethanol advocates, noting "there are venture capitalists, and there's Vinod Khosla." Vinod Khosla founded the firm in 2004 and was joined by partners David Weiden and Samir Kaul, as well as chief scientific officer Doug Cameron in 2006. Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, California.
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    McKesson

    McKesson

    McKesson Corporation is an American company distributing pharmaceuticals at a wholesale level and providing health information technology, medical supplies, and care management tools. The company had sales of $112 billion in 2011. McKesson is based in the United States and distributes health care systems, medical supplies and pharmaceutical products. Additionally, McKesson provides extensive network infrastructure for the health care industry; also, it was an early adopter of technologies like bar-code scanning for distribution, pharmacy robotics, and RFID tags. It is a Fortune Global 500 company, and the 14th largest company in the United States. Founded in New York City as Olcott & McKesson by Charles Olcott and John McKesson in 1833, the business began as an importer and wholesaler of botanical drugs. A third partner, Daniel Robbins joined the enterprise as it grew, and it was renamed McKesson & Robbins following Olcott's death in 1853. The company successfully emerged from one of the most notorious business/accounting scandals of the 20th century -- the McKesson & Robbins scandal, a watershed event that led to major changes in American auditing standards and securities
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    Robert Simon

    Robert Simon

    Robert joined Alta in 2000. Robert has 17 years experience working with and founding software development and Internet companies. Prior to joining Alta, Robert was a Venture Partner with Sierra Ventures, investing in data storage and enterprise software companies.

    In 1999, he founded and was President of DotBank.com, which was acquired by Yahoo! in February 2000. Before joining Sierra, Robert was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Navitel Communications. Prior to Navitel, Robert was the founder and President of Virgil Corporation, which developed and marketed software for retrieving financial information from the Internet and online services.

    From 1989 to 1992, Robert was a Director for Lotus Development Corporation at their Lotus West offices. Prior to that, he was the President and Founder of PS Publishing. Robert started his career in 1983 as General Manager and co-founder of T/Maker Graphics.

    Robert holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
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    Swisscom

    Swisscom

    Swisscom AG is a major telecommunications provider in Switzerland. Along with Swiss Post, it is a successor company to the former state-owned PTT. Its headquarters are located at Worblaufen near Bern. The Swiss Confederation owns 56.94 percent of Swisscom. The former state-owned PTT (Post, Telegraph, Telephone, founded 1852) was privatised in stages from 1988 onwards and became a public limited company with special legal status in October 1998. The Swiss Confederation currently holds 56.94% of the share capital. The Telecommunications Companies Act limits outside participation to 49.9% of the share capital. In its 5 April 2006 message, the Federal Council proposed to Parliament that Swisscom should be completely privatised and that the Swiss Confederation should sell its shares in stages . On 10 May 2006, the National Council declined to support the proposal. On 20 May 2006 the Advisory Committee of the Council of States advised the Council of States to endorse the proposal – but only so that it could be referred back to the Federal Council for revision. Swisscom announced its new visual identity on 14 December 2007. The previous sub-brands of Swisscom Fixnet, Swisscom Mobile and
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    Amazon.com

    Amazon.com

    Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is an American multinational electronic commerce company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the world's largest online retailer. The company also produces consumer electronics—notably the Amazon Kindle e-book reader and the Kindle Fire tablet computer—and is a major provider of cloud computing services. Amazon has separate retail websites for the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and China, with international shipping to certain other countries for some of its products. It is also expected to launch its websites in Poland, Brazil, Netherlands and Sweden. Jeff Bezos incorporated the company (as Cadabra) in July 1994, and the site went online as amazon.com in 1995. The company was renamed after the Amazon River, one of the largest rivers in the world, which in turn was named after the Amazons, the legendary nation of female warriors in Greek mythology. Amazon.com started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry. The company was founded in 1995,
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    Charles Moldow

    Charles Moldow

    Charles Moldow is a general partner at Foundation Capital. He joined Foundation on the heels of successfully building two companies from early start-up through greater than $100 million in sales. Most notably, Charles led Tellme Networks in raising one of the largest private financing rounds in the country post Internet bubble, adding $125 million in cash to the company balance sheet during tough market conditions in August, 2000. Prior to Tellme, Charles was a member of the founding team of Internet access provider @Home Network. In 1998, Charles assisted in the $7 billion acquisition of Excite Network. After the merger, Charles became General Manager of Matchlogic, the $80 million division focused on interactive advertising.
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    Geoffrey Baehr

    Geoffrey Baehr

    Geoff Baehr served on USVP's Technical Advisory Board before joining as a Partner in 2001. He left Sun Microsystems after 13 years and had not really considered going into venture capital. After getting to know the USVP team, he became excited about the opportunity to participate in a wide array of opportunities.

    He is formerly Sun's Chief Network Officer responsible for technical and strategic network directions. During his tenure Geoff developed advanced technical products and, with his team, obtained more than one dozen patents.

    Geoff was a founder of the ATM Forum and has served on numerous technical and advisory boards to both industry and government. He designed large networks for government clients for TRW Information Networks Division in the 1980s. At USVP, Geoff sits on the board of Vivato.

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    Globespan Capital Partners

    Globespan Capital Partners

    Why Globespan? Every member of the Globespan team views the success of our entrepreneurs and their companies as his or her number one priority. Throughout our history, we have shown that this approach generates superior returns for our limited partners. We get tremendous gratification from helping our entrepreneurs build world-class companies. Globespan offers exceptional access into domestic and global markets, superior counsel grounded in a broad perspective, and a team based, collaborative approach to company building.   Exceptional AccessGlobespan is a bi-coastal firm with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, Palo Alto, California and an office in Tokyo, Japan. Given our active presence in these technology hubs, our portfolio companies benefit from a complete market perspective and exceptional access to a wide network of prospective customers, staff, partners, and experts.

    To help our portfolio companies with their global market ambitions, we have a dedicated Asian Business Development team. With an office in Tokyo and an Asian business development specialist in each of our domestic offices, Globespan offers an infrastructure, network, and proven process for penetrating Asian markets -- distinct capabilities unmatched in the marketplace.   Experienced CounselGlobespan draws on more than 100 years of collective technology and operational experience from leading companies such as Akamai, Apple, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Mitsubishi and Oracle. Combined with our experience as founders or early team members of 11 technology start-ups, we understand what it takes to build world-class companies.

    We bring broad perspective to our portfolio companies from both inside and outside of our firm. For example, our CIO Advisory Board is a group of technology experts who offer us and our portfolio companies critical perspective from the vantage point of high level IT decision makers.   Collaborative ApproachEach of our portfolio companies benefits from the collective expertise and network of the entire Globespan team. Our dedication to a collaborative approach and our vested interest in each others’ success mean that our whole team is engaged to do everything they can to drive the success of each of our portfolio companies.

    Over the years, we have helped our companies with strategic planning and priority setting, senior management recruitment, access to vital partners, structuring of strategic alliances, evaluation of follow on financing, and eventual sale or public offering of a company.
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    Good Energies, Inc.

    Good Energies, Inc.

    Good Energies is a leading investor in the renewable energy industry and a member of COFRA Group, a privately owned group of companies. Good Energies is active in the interrelated business areas solar energy, wind energy, load management and green buildings. The company invests across all life cycles of a company and pursues a long-term investment approach. Good Energies is guided by the 3-P-principle (3-Ps): people-planet-profit; being an investment firm it also aims to accelerate energy transition and strives to alleviate poverty by improving access to affordable renewable energy. Good Energies operates globally and is headquartered in Zug/Switzerland. The current market capitalization of its portfolio is approximately three billion Euros.
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    Hutchison Whampoa

    Hutchison Whampoa

    Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL; Chinese: 和記黃埔有限公司; SEHK: 0013; OTC Pink: HUWHY) of Hong Kong is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. HWL is an international corporation with a diverse array of holdings which includes the world's biggest port and telecommunication operations in 14 countries and run under the 3 brand. Its business also includes retail, property development and infrastructure. It is 49.97% owned by the Cheung Kong Group. Hutchison Whampoa was originally two companies founded in 19th century, namely Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock, established in 1863 by British merchant John Duflon Hutchison, and Hutchison International in 1877. Hutchison International, under Colonel Sir Douglas Clague (1917–1981), gained controlling interest of Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock in the 1960s. In 1977, Hutchison acquired all stakes of Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock and became Hutchison Whampoa Limited. Although Hutchison had a portfolio of valuable real estate interests in docks and retail ventures, the company ran into trouble, and had to be rescued by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The bank took a 22% stake in the company, and
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    J. & W. Seligman & Co.

    J. & W. Seligman & Co.

    J. & W. Seligman & Co., founded in 1846, was a prominent U.S. investment bank c. 1860s–1920s until the divestiture of its investment banking arm in the aftermath of the Glass–Steagall Act. The firm was involved in the financing of several major U.S. railroads in the 1870s and the construction of the Panama Canal in the early 1900s. Seligman was also involved in the formation of Standard Oil and General Motors. Today, the firm operates an investment management business under the brand Seligman Investments. Seligman provides separately managed accounts and retirement services and also operates a series of mutual funds. The firm was founded by Joseph Seligman and his brother James Seligman in New York in 1846 as an importing house with their younger brothers, William, Jesse, Henry and Leopold also participating in the venture. Later, two other brothers, Abraham and Isaac would also join the firm. The brothers were all born in Baiersdorf, Germany to David Seligman and Fannie Steinhart. In 1850, William, Jesse, Henry and Leopold moved to San Francisco, California, where they set up store in 1851. After eight years, Jesse and William returned to New York and opened a dry goods store in
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    Larry Page

    Larry Page

    Lawrence "Larry" Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who, with Sergey Brin, is best known as the co-founder of Google. On April 4, 2011, he took on the role of chief executive officer of Google, replacing Eric Schmidt. As of 2012, his personal wealth is estimated to be $20.3 billion, ranking him #13 on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. He is the inventor of PageRank, which became the foundation of Google's search ranking algorithm. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company's stock. Larry Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan. His father, Carl Page, earned a Ph.D. in computer science in 1965 when the field was in its infancy, and is considered a "pioneer in computer science and artificial intelligence." Both he and Page's mother, Gloria, were computer science professors at Michigan State University. Page's mother is Jewish, but he was raised without religion. Page attended the Okemos Montessori School (now called Montessori Radmoor) in Okemos, Michigan from 1975 to 1979, and graduated from East Lansing High School in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of
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    Louis Monier

    Louis Monier

    Louis Monier (born March 21, 1956) was a founder of the Internet search engine AltaVista. After he left AltaVista, he worked at eBay and then at Google. He left Google in August 2007 to join Cuil, a search engine startup. He was Vice President of Products at Cuil. One month after the launch, he left Cuil, citing differences with the CEO. He also was the co-founder and CTO of Qwiki with Doug Imbruce. Qwiki won the TechCrunch Disrupt Award in 2010. Monier received a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Paris XI, France in 1980 and worked at Carnegie Mellon University, Xerox PARC, and DEC's Western Research Laboratory. Louis currently is the Chief Scientist of Proximic.
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    Menlo Ventures

    Menlo Ventures

    enlo Ventures provides long-term capital and management support to early-stage and emerging-growth companies. We are one of Silicon Valley's oldest venture capital partnerships, and have organized and managed nine venture funds since our inception in 1976. With over $3.9 billion under management, and a team with over one hundred years of collective experience in technology, marketing, sales and general management, we have the resources to support the most ambitious of projects. We are pleased to announce the formation of Menlo Ventures X, L.P, capitalized at $1,200,000,000. The fund will be invested in emerging growth companies of all stages within the technology sector. Menlo Ventures continues its commitment to being a long-term, active partner to visionary entrepreneurs.
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    Mitsubishi

    Mitsubishi

    The Mitsubishi Group (三菱グループ, Mitsubishi Gurūpu) (also known as the Mitsubishi Group of Companies or Mitsubishi Companies) is a Japanese multinational conglomerate comprising a range of autonomous businesses which share the Mitsubishi brand, trademark and legacy. The Mitsubishi group of companies form a loose entity, the Mitsubishi Keiretsu, which is often referenced in Japanese and US media and official reports; in general these companies all descend from the zaibatsu of the same name. The top 25 companies are also members of the Mitsubishi Kin'yōkai, or "Friday Club", and meet monthly. In addition the Mitsubishi.com Committee exists to facilitate communication and access of the Mitsubishi brand through a portal web site. The Mitsubishi company was first established as a shipping firm by Yatarō Iwasaki (1834–1885) in 1870. In 1873, its name was changed to Mitsubishi Shokai . The name Mitsubishi (三菱 consists of two parts: "mitsu" meaning "three" and "hishi" (which becomes "bishi" under rendaku) meaning "water caltrop" (also called "water chestnut"), and hence "rhombus", which is reflected in the company's famous logo. It is also translated as "three diamonds". Mitsubishi had been
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    NEC

    NEC

    NEC Corporation (日本電気株式会社, Nippon Denki Kabushiki Gaisha) is a Japanese multinational provider of information technology (IT) services and products, with its headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. NEC provides information technology (IT) and network solutions to business enterprises, communications services providers and to government agencies. The company was known as the Nippon Electric Company, Limited, before rebranding in 1983 as just NEC. Its NEC Semiconductors business unit was one of the worldwide top 20 semiconductor sales leaders before merging it with Renesas Electronics. NEC is a member of the Sumitomo Group. Kunihiko Iwadare and Takeshiro Maeda established Nippon Electric Limited Partnership on August 31, 1898 by using facilities that they had bought from Miyoshi Electrical Manufacturing Company. Iwadare was the representative partner. Maeda handled company sales. Western Electric, who had an interest in the Japanese phone market, was represented by Walter Tenney Carleton. Carleton was also responsible for the renovation of the Miyoshi facilities. It was agreed that the partnership would be reorganized as a joint-stock company when treaty would allow it. On July 17,
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    Orange SA

    Orange SA

    Orange is a French multinational telecommunications corporation and represents the flagship brand of the France Telecom group. It is a global provider for mobile phone, landline, Internet, mobile internet, and IP television services, with 226 million customers as of December 2011 and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies. The brand was created when Hutchison Whampoa acquired a controlling stake in Microtel Communications Ltd during the early-1990s and rebranded it Orange. It became a subsidiary of Mannesmann in 1999 and was acquired by France Telecom in 2000. The inception of Orange brand was in 1990 in United Kingdom with the formation of "Microtel Communications Ltd" - a consortium initially formed by Pactel Corporation (American), British Aerospace, Millicom and Matra (French); and later, to be wholly owned by BAe. In July 1991, the Hong Kong based conglomerate - Hutchison Whampoa through a stock swap deal with BAe, acquires a controlling stake of 65% in Microtel, who by then had won a license to develop a mobile network in United Kingdom. Subsequently, Hutchison renames Microtel
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    OVP Venture Partners

    OVP Venture Partners

    What we do We do what a lot of other VC firms do. We invest capital in new companies in growing markets—enterprise software, communications and network systems, digital biology, specialized electronic systems and business services. Our initial investment is typically about $1-5 million, and we usually partner with other venture capital firms. Why we're different First, we haven’t built up a large staff like most venture firms. We’re seven investing partners managing over $750 million, and we know that our financial success is tied directly to yours. So when you partner with us, you deal with experienced people who not only invest capital, but can help you make that money work. Second, we get it. We’re not starchy. We’re not stiff. We’re not bankers or accountants. We're in this business because we love it. We understand that to you it’s not an "investment opportunity." It’s your dream. So when we work with you it becomes our dream too.
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    Panasonic Venture Group

    Panasonic Venture Group

    The Venture Group of global consumer electronics leader Panasonic creates technology partnerships between private companies and research and development units of Panasonic. To promote strong strategic alliances, venture capital investments are made in companies that present a technology based advantage to Panasonic. The Venture Group is based in San Jose, California.
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    Pinnacle Ventures

    Pinnacle Ventures

    Pinnacle Ventures is a private venture capital fund focused on providing debt and equity financing to early-stage companies. We typically initiate our relationship with an investment in the form of a growth capital or an equipment loan. Over time, we also plan on investing additional debt and equity capital in our portfolio companies.

    Value of Venture Debt
    Pinnacle initiates a relationship with a startup as early as possible, typically with a venture debt loan and ideally shortly after it receives its first round of venture capital financing. Pinnacle provides these early-stage companies with an efficient form of financing that is materially less dilutive than straight equity. Pinnacle’s investments do not have any financial covenants or restrictions, giving the company true cash runway and maximum flexibility.

    The additional cash runway provided by our capital allows a startup the necessary time to achieve key additional milestones before its next financing. Achieving additional milestones will result in a higher valuation and a more successful next round of financing, thereby lowering ownership dilution for the current stakeholders. In certain cases, our capital also provides the resources for a startup to become cash flow positive.

    Broad Range of Products
    Pinnacle provides various types of capital, including growth capital loans, equipment loans, accounts receivable financing, subordinated debt, convertible debt, M&A financing and direct equity investments. By utilizing our financing products, investors, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders can optimize their financing strategy benefiting all constituents.

    We focus on investing in both technology and healthcare sectors. Our typical initial investment ranges from $500,000 to as much as $15 million. In conjunction with the initial investment, we also reserve for potential future investments and follow-on fundings in each individual portfolio company.

    Experienced Team
    The Pinnacle investment team has a variety of experience and a broad mix of skills, ranging from operating roles at startups and large technology firms to venture equity, technology lending and investment banking. With this mix of skills, Pinnacle takes a balanced approach to making its investments. We examine each opportunity based on a variety of factors and make clear investment decisions in a timely manner. This approach allows us to assist our portfolio companies throughout their various phases of growth. Our experience also enables us to leverage our extensive network and relationships in order to find the best opportunities and partner with the top firms and people.

    Creativity in Structuring and Responsiveness
    The Pinnacle investment team has direct experience in managing and financing startups and, therefore, understands their needs. Pinnacle works with early-stage companies to creatively structure financing packages in order to meet their near and long term goals. Pinnacle’s structures provide maximum flexibility and have no restrictive covenants.

    Our thoughtful approach saves a startup time during and after the transaction. We utilize a quick and easy documentation process during the transaction, and we continue helping the company on an ongoing and responsive basis thereafter.

    Focus on Adding Value to the Portfolio
    Pinnacle focuses on providing value above and beyond our capital. In concert with the management and venture investors’ contacts, Pinnacle uses its own network to aid the startup in its pursuit of operational needs such as critical services and introductions to beta customers and executive staff candidates. We also assist in providing valuable guidance with respect to a company’s financial requirements and strategies, including providing introductions to potential future investors. Additionally, Pinnacle has relationships with equipment providers, which include pre-negotiated discounts and support services.

    Long Term, Disciplined Mindset
    Pinnacle looks to invest in companies with a long term perspective. We plan on providing additional capital over time, whether debt or equity. Pinnacle also believes in working closely with the venture community and has formed strong relationships by making a number of investments alongside such firms as Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia and Benchmark, as well as numerous other venture equity funds. Our venture equity mindset aligns Pinnacle with our companies’ and co-investors’ goals, making us a true long term partner.
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    Polycom

    Polycom

    Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM) is a multinational corporation with approximately 3,200 employees worldwide and an annual revenue of approximately $1.2 billion in 2010. The company manufactures and sells telepresence and voice communications solutions. Polycom was co-founded in 1990 by Brian L Hinman and Jeffrey Rodman, who were colleagues at PictureTel Corp. when they decided to form Polycom. Polycom's development occurred both organically (by internal means), and by acquisition of other companies. Note : 1st June 2011 - HP and Polycom, announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Polycom will acquire the assets of HP's Visual Collaboration (HPVC) business, including the Halo Products and Managed Services business of HPVC. Polycom's first products to market were audio conferencing speakerphones. Soon after, the company added content sharing, video conferencing, and video network/bridging products to its portfolio. Polycom entered the video conferencing market in 1998. Polycom introduced the ViewStation product line which included models with embedded multipoint capabilities, content sharing capabilities, and support for the emerging H.323 IP network protocol. In
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    Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia Capital is an American venture capital firm located in Menlo Park, California, United States Sequoia's diverse portfolio includes companies in energy, financial, health care, mobile and technology sectors. The firm is known for the success of companies it has funded, some of which include Airbnb, Apple, Aruba Networks, Google, YouTube, PayPal, Instagram, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, NVIDIA, Navigenics, Cotendo, Atari, Ameritox, Kayak, Meebo, Admob, Zappos, Green Dot and LinkedIn. With its broad range of highly successful investments, Sequoia estimates that 19% of the NASDAQ’s value is made up of firms that they have invested in. Sequoia was founded by Don Valentine in 1972 in Menlo Park, CA and today has offices worldwide to support its international portfolio of companies. Current partners at the US office include Don Valentine, Roelof Botha, Bill Coughran, Jim Goetz, Michael Goguen, Aaref Hilaly, Warren Hogarth, Timothy Lee, Douglas Leone, Alfred Lin, Greg McAdoo, Michael Moritz, Luis Robles, Bryan Schreier, Michael Abramson, Jake Anderson, Mickey Arabel, Scott Carter, Todd Cozzens, Michael Dixon, Pat Grady, Eric Marcotulli, Matthew Miller, and David
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    SJF Ventures

    SJF Ventures

    JF Ventures is a venture capital partnership with offices in Durham, NC, and New York, NY.  Through its investment funds, the firm provides equity financings from $500K to $5MM, solo or in syndicates, to companies seeking expansion capital.

    SJF Ventures focuses on the cleantech, technology-enhanced services and premium consumer products sectors.  Representative investment areas include renewable energy and efficiency, organic and healthy consumer products, digital media and marketing services, electronics recycling, and outsourced business services.

    When assessing investment opportunities, SJF Ventures is highly selective in identifying teams, markets and business models that can achieve rapid sales, strong profitability, and premium exits.  In addition, SJF looks to partner with entrepreneurs who are committed to impacting the world positively through the businesses that they are creating.

    SJF Ventures’ partners assist portfolio companies in building the board and executive management team, refining strategic planning, exploring capitalization structures, pursuing growth mergers and acquisitions, and enhancing market presence. SJF Advisory Services, an allied non-profit organization, provides entrepreneurial, workforce and sustainability assistance services to SJF prospect and portfolio companies. SJF Advisory Services seeks out firms whose competitive strategy is built on workforce and environmental innovation. SJF seeks to rapidly diffuse those entrepreneurial strategies to help build a more sustainable economy.

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