Founded in 2004 by the highly respected “Super Angel” investor, Jeff Clavier, this large VC firm specializes in seed funding unique startups in the industries they prefer to work in. On average, they only make around 15 investments a year at around $850,000 each out of their $85M fund IV.
As you’d likely suspect, they’re quite selective in what companies they eventually invest in, but if you work in the ecommerce, mobile or tech space, it might be worth your while to contact Jeff and his team to set up a meeting. They’re investments include some very interesting startups including Mint, Kongregate, Brightroll, LiveRamp, Milo, Wildfire, Bleacher Report, Gnip, Fitbit, Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Poshmark, Hired, Postmates, Vungle, Shippo and Molekule – to name just a few.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $300 billion
Focus industries: Mobile, cloud, saas, consumer services, connected devices, marketplaces and healthcare IT.
U.S. based Social Capital is interested in solving the world’s problems through technology. They have a very long list of values they look for in the entrepreneurs they do business with, so make sure to read up on their expectations to determine if you’re the right fit.
They currently hold 169 investments over 105 companies and have been a part of 17 acquisitions to date. Social Capital’s investments include Verifly, Common Bond, Forge, FrontApp, Penny, Clover Health, Simplee, AirMap, Intercom, Slack, Bustle, Flow Laboratories, Captricity, Athos, Premise, Lumity, Greenhouse Software, Ezetap, and several others.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $1.2 billion
Focus industries: Consumer goods, enterprise software, healthcare, finance, gaming, educational apps, Internet.
Joel Cutler is among the list of founders heading up this billion dollar VC firm. They look for early stage companies they can fund and mentor to the highest level possible in the respective industries they operate in. They liken themselves to an accelerator/investor with a broad range of contacts available in their staff’s personal and professional networks that can help a startup achieve success.
The company boasts 7 IPOs and 62 acquisitions over the last 16 years and have 433 investments in 233 companies as of late 2016. Their portfolio includes several startups, along with many existing companies they’ve provided seed and early and late stage funding and/or debt financing deals to including: Gusto, Kayak, Stripe, Airbnb, HubSpot, DemandWare, Illumio, ClassPass, BBN, Bigcommerce, Bionx, Boxee, Brainly, Circle, Corvia Medical, CouchSurfing.com, Drift, Honest Company, Flightcar, Fundbox, Jet, and more totaling around 255 companies.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~3.6 billion
Focus industries: Enterprise, consumer, venture capital, mobile, web.
- Address: 564 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
- Phone: 650-618-5900
- Address: 434 Broadway, Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10013
- Phone: 212-775-4000
- Address: 20 University Road, Fourth Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138
- Phone: 617-234-7000
Greycroft is yet another big player in the investment space. They have a long list of ventures they’re willing to invest in, but are most interested in service technologies and service businesses.
The VC firm has 272 investments in 172 companies and have been a part of 40 acquisitions as of late 2016. They invest at all funding levels including private equity investments from the partners, and are big believers in building big relationships with the companies they give their money to. Huge media, tech and manufacturing connections make Greycroft a definite plus for seed-stage startups needing a much needed marketing boost to launch their products and services successfully. Notable investments made include: AppAnnie, Baublebar, Braintree, Buddy Media, CMG, Collective, Dasher, Extreme Reach, FriendBuy, 9Gag, Huffington Post, JW Player, Klout, 9Flats.com, Lithium, Maker Studios, Plain Vanilla, Pulse, 33Across, TheRealReal, Trunk Club and WideOrbit among others.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $800 billion
Focus industries: Cable service providers, media, Internet, mobile, connectivity products, consulting services, food products, household products, Internet retail, legal services, media and Information Services, Information Technology, restaurants, hotels and leisure, real estate services (B2C), recreational goods, specialty retail.
- Address: 1375 East 6 Street, Suite 1, Los Angeles, CA 90021
- Phone: (213) 896-7126
- Fax: (213) 402-2859
One of the truly international VC firms to make the list, Lightspeed Venture Partners are seeking to consistently take technology of all kinds to the next level. Lightspeed has offices on the ground in North America, China, India, and Israel.
They prefer to begin working with companies in the seed and early investment stages, building a strong relationship with day one and helping companies grow to their full potential. For the right candidate, they will consider later growth stage cash infusions and have made a few debt financing and convertible note deals too. To prove their loyalty, Lightspeed has over 481 investments in just 268 companies. With their current IPO count set at 11 and over 77 acquisitions to date. The firm has investments in a mixture of different industries and companies of note incuding: Aerohive Networks, Affirm, Alooma, App Dynamics, Avamar, Artic Wolf, Barefoot Networks, Blend, Calista, Celequest, Click Security, CoalTek, Double Click, Everstring, Flixster, FreshMenu, Galileo Technology, Leyden Energy, LivingSocial, and many others.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~3.7 billion
Focus industries: Information technology, software (enterprise, SaaS, cloud), ecommerce, media, consumer goods, energy, mobile.
- Address: Sarona, 4 Zvi Strachilevich Street, Tel Aviv, 6473957, Israel
- Phone: +972 3 974 6800
- Fax: +972 3 974 6815
This company has witnessed a lot of history in its 40-plus years. Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers are big players in the venture capital investing space. They have one of the largest rosters of companies invested in to make this list, with over 800 investments to date in 438 companies. They specialize in a number of different investment areas including seed, early and late stage, private equity and debt financing.
Their current portfolio lists some very big companies; many of which KCPB were early investors in: Electronic Arts (EA), Netscape, Segway, Sun Microsystems, Amazon, Compaq, AOL, Ring, Tradesy, CoreOS, Farmer’s Network, Buddybuild, and many others.
KCPB is a serious firm that puts a lot of time and effort into vetting their investments before laying their money down. They have a $200M fund dedicated solely to innovative companies dedicated to improving and expanding upon current iPhone technology.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $6 billion
Focus industries: Commercial services, computer hardware, mobile, clean tech, healthcare devices and supplies, media, financial services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, software.
KPCB San Francisco Office
- Address: 101 South Park Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 USA
- Phone: +1 650 233 2750
- Fax: +1 650 233 0300
- Email: email@example.com
KPCB Beijing Office
- Address: Unit 2705, Tower C YINTAI Center No. 2 Jianguomenwai Ave Chaoyang District, Beijing 100022 PRC
- Phone: +86 10 8517 1799
- Fax: +86 10 8517 1570
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KPCB Shanghai Office I
- Address: Unit 27, Xin Kang Garden, 1273 Huai Hai Zhong Road, Shanghai 200031 PRC
- Phone: +86 21 3383 0688
- Fax: +86 21 3383 0699
- Email: email@example.com
KPCB Shanghai Office II
- Address: No. 6, Lane 1350, Middle Fu Xing Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 200031 PRC
- Phone: +86 21 6025 2100
- Fax: +86 21 6025 2110
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GV (launched as Google Ventures in 2009) is a wing of Alphabet Inc., the parent company to Google and all the other brainchild companies of Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
GV is more than just a venture capital investment firm, it’s a company designed to coax the very best results possible out of each and every startup it takes on. They have a team of engineers, designers, physicians, scientists, marketers and investors who’re ready at the helm to help your startup succeed in the marketplace.
If your company fits into the framework of their typical investment, Google Ventures may be the perfect fit, when considering their big pockets and the unlimited access to resources they undoubtedly have.
As one would imagine, the company has a lot of high profile investments to boast in the short time they’ve been around including Uber, Jet, Nest, Tunein, Medium, One Medical, Editas, FLATIRON, Founders, Orbital Insight, Farmers Business Group, Slack, Gusto, Core OS, Hubspot, AngelList, Docusigns, Carbon3D, Jaunt, and so many more.
Perhaps GV is the most diverse industry portfolio of any investor on this list.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $2.4 billion
Focus industries: Enterprise Software, Life Sciences, Media, Healthcare, Robotics, Transportation, Cyber Security and Sustainable Agriculture.
5AM makes around 10 – 15 deals per year in the in health-related industries they invest in. Looking at their deal sheet, startups who are best suited to do business with 5AM Ventures are those requiring a minimum of $10M to get their product or service off the ground and/or for a massive growth surge.
They stick close to their investments too with a total of 83 investments in just 43 companies as of late 2016. Already, they’ve been part of 7 IPOs and 9 acquisition deals. Early and late stage investments are the norm for them, as well as private equity investments for the right candidates. Some of their more impressive deals have included Bioz, Cleave Biosciences, Aprea AB, Pear Therapeutics, Millendo Therapeutics, Portal Instruments, Cidara Therapeutics, and a private equity deal in Relypsa.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $953 billion
Focus industries: Health and wellness, healthcare, biotech.
- Address: 200 Clarendon Street, 45th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
- Phone: 857-305-1825
Founded by Aydin Senkat, this is a boutique venture fund that isn’t afraid to dip their toes into new and unfamiliar markets. They’re not only able to just help to fund the right startup, the company has a massive network of investors and experts they can call into action anytime they need help with their investments.
Felicis is willing to take a hands-on or hands-off approach depending on the needs of any particular investment they put their money into. They also have connections with hundreds of eager angel investors, as Senkat is a private angel investor himself, so their fundraising ability has proved to be well worth into the billions as they proved by putting together a $41M super angel fund back in 2010. They’re also willing to invest money on whatever continent and in whichever country has the opportunities they’re interested. Companies Felicis has invested in include: Acompli, Adyen, Airware, BrightRoll, Canva, eduK, fitbit, Fluxx, Optimizely, Planet Labs, SoundHound, Wish and Zefr, to name just a few.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $439 billion
Focus industries: Mobile, e-commerce, consumer enterprise, education, health, consumer internet with a focus on mobile, gaming, software-as-service, internet applications in education, security, machine learning, healthcare, energy conservation, personalized medicine, 3D imaging, bio-informatics, and connected devices.
Battery has offices on the east and west coasts, as well as Israel. This is one of the bigger startup-friendly VCs out there and they’re big on technology businesses. They’ve been around for a while and understand how to grow a technology business to its full potential.
They offer seed, growth and private equity funds, as well as debt financing for the right candidate, with funding up into the $100M area. After they sign your first check, expect the team at Battery to wow you with their full service business-scaling environment. They help with everything including financial and company process assessment, human resources, marketing, technology, PR, and all round business development.
Notable investments by Battery Ventures includes Leadspace, WebPT, Strato Scale, Brightree, Appboy, Zayo, Coupla, Groupon, Liffe, Sense, Amplitude, Glassdoor, BigPanda, KeyMe, Zerto, Sisense, and several others.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $4.7 billion
Focus industries: Commercial services, Internet, mobile, communications and networking, electrical components, software.
- Address: 260 Townsend Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107
- Phone: (415) 426-5900
- Fax: (415) 426-5901
- Address: One Marina Park Drive, Suite 1100 (GPS: 56 Northern Ave,) Boston, MA 02210
- Phone: (617) 948-3600
- Fax: (617) 948-3601
- Address: 6 Hahoshlim Street, 6th Floor, Herzliya 46724, Israel
- Phone: + 972 (9) 972 4300
- Fax: + 972 (9) 950 9484