Draper, Fisher and Jurvetson have been investing in all the latest tech trends since the mid 1980s. Like many at the top of this list, they prefer initially seed funding a new startup in need of $1M or more in funds. Then, they’ll navigate through the startup stage with you and will likely commit to more funds as needed if the company continues to grow.
They have nearly 700 investments in 380 companies total, and have been a part of 16 IPOs throughout the years. DFJ operates and invests on all continents. Some of their more high profile investments include Tesla, Twitter, Tumblr, Twilio, Skype, Redfin, Box, Yodle, Solar City, Remitly, AngelList, SugarCRM, Periscope Data, Ping Identity, Tango, and too many others to list. They’ve been at the investing game for a while and have a huge network startup founders can tap into for the continued growth and success of their companies.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~3.5 billion
Focus industries: Commercial services, communications and networking, advertising, mobile, media, software.
- Address: 1 S Park St #103, San Francisco, CA 94107
- Phone: 650 233 9000
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
NEA (New Enterprise Associates) is at the forefront of the IPO game in the technology and healthcare industry they invest in. They’re frequently ranked at the top for number of companies backed that go public (250 to date). They also acquire and merge with a lot of companies, offering the prospect of a later-stage partnership for startups who may be looking to get in and get out (350 mergers and acquisitions in their profile to date).
Not surprising for a company that’s been around for closing in on 40 years now, they have one of, if not the largest active portfolio of any VC firm in existence. They invest at all startup levels including seed, early investment and growth stages.
Companies invested in include: Opower, Acquia, Gladly, Anexxon, Green Chef, Jet, Move Guides, and many others.
There’s is a global team, with partners on all corners of the planet and investment abilities in the hundreds of millions per deal for the right business. In addition, they offer mentorship to their charges, going to the extent of being willing to work with first time entrepreneurs with a proven idea that need guidance in taking their startup to the next level.
Fund raised/currently managed: ~$17 billion
Focus industries: Communications and networking, energy services, exploration, production and refining, healthcare devices and supplies, IT services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, software.
- Address: 5425 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 800, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, United States
- Phone: (301) 272-2300
- Fax: (301) 272-1700
- Address: 1954 Greenspring Drive, Suite 600, Timonium, MD 21093, United States.
- Phone: (410) 842-4000
- Fax: (410) 842-4100
- Address: 2 South Park Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
- Telephone: 415-653-3850
- Fax: 415-495-4506
- Address: 44 West 28th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10001, United States
- Address: Level 12, Excel Center, No. 6 Wudinghu Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100033, China
- Telephone: (8610) 66575566
- Fax: (8610) 66573553
- Address: Unit 2202, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 200040, China
- Telephone: (8621) 61381000
- Fax: (8621) 61381010
- Address: 605, 6th Floor, Windsor, Off. CST Road, Kalina, Mumbai, SANTACRUZ (EAST) 400 098, India
- Telephone: +91-22-4223 5600
- Address: 700 Technology Square, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Index Ventures is a huge multi-national with big pockets and a unique approach to getting onboard with innovative, disruptive companies seeking to overtake their industry. They tell you right on their website how to connect with their full service investing and mentoring VC firm: test your product across multiple platforms to ensure the idea is marketable and highly profitable; study their firm to make sure your business is inline with their values and industry approach; and find out where Index Venture staff will be (ie., events and industry forums) and don’t be afraid to walk up to them and say “hi”.
Venture is willing to fund based on ideas only – if they feel that idea is worth taking a chance on. Their investment portfolio includes plenty of big names as they have billions across their multiple funds: Facebook, Dropbox, Etsy, Optimizely, Criteo, Zendesk, Skype, Slack, Square Space, Stack Engage, Data Dog, BitPay, Bla Blah Car, Asos, Asistly, and many others in the online, mobile and enterprise tech space.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~5.82 billion
Focus industries: Consumer Internet and mobile, enterprise technologies.
- Address: 139 Townsend Street, Suite 505, San Francisco, CA 94107
- Phone: +1 415 471 1700
- Fax: +1 415 543 9008
- Address: Rue de Jargonnant 2, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland
- Phone: +41 22 737 0000
- Fax: +41 22 737 0099
- Address: 2nd Floor, 24 Sand Street, St Helier, Jersey JE2 3QF
- Phone: +44 1534 833 404
- Fax: +44 1 534 504 444
AngelList was founded back in 2010 by Babak Nivi Naval Ravikant, who also created Venture Hacks. The online service is free membership site that brings investors of all kinds in touch with startup owners seeking seed – series A funds for their business.
There’s so many investors from so many walks of life that it’s hard to imagine not being able to find someone to strike a deal with that can see your vision – if it’s a good one. A number of wealthy investors and fund managers hang out on the site, including many representatives of the companies listed here.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $400 billion
Focus industries: Multiple industries in the Silicon Valley category of investments.
Founded by Harold Morgan, this fairly recent investment startup is a fairly large player in the online and mobile space. They boast over 300 startups helped to date and their reputation preceeds them into every boardroom they enter. Known for a who’s who list of Internet startups funded, their list of investments include early stage funds for Uber, Birchbox (convertible note), Kentik, Axial, Zenreach, Agari, Zendrive, Relay Networks, Troops INC, Raden, FlightCar, Fundera, Abra, and several others. The big call to action for First Round Capital is building companies from the ground up.
They prefer seed stage investments, followed by consecutive series investments to help companies grow and thrive. The company is huge on data mining and network building, and even offer a unique program for entrepreneurs called “Pitch Assist” where they help startup founders to refine their investor pitch to perfection when it comes time to seek out other investors for continued growth.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $633 billion
Focus industries: Software, ecommerce, advertising, mobile apps and technology.
GGV has their sights focused primarily on North America and China, with offices located in both countries. They’ve made 252 investments in over 147 companies since the fund began.
GGV makes all stages of investment and offer debt financing across 6 total funds. They’ve also have a very good investment track record, being a part of 26 IPOs and 37 acquisitions to date. And there’s no need to worry about getting business advice, further funding, and support from GGV: They were twice recognized in the Midas List of venture capitalists who have the most partners. Companies they’ve invested in include: Airbnb, Alibaba, AlienVault, BlueKai, Boxed, Buddy Media, Curse, Didi Taxi, DraftKings, Endeca, FlightCar, Flipboard, GrabTaxi, Glu Mobile, HotelTonight, Kingsoft WPS, Light Chaser Animation, MediaV, Misfit, Nimble Storage, Opendoor, Pactera, Pandora Media, Percolate, SoundCloud, Square, Tile, UCWeb, Wish, Zendesk, Zepp Labs, and 21Vianet just to name a few.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~3.8 billion
Focus industries: Mobile, Internet, ecommerce, m-commerce, digital media, SaaS, Enterprise, IoT, social, connected devices, marketing, travel, music, gaming, cloud, security.
- Address: 70 South Park Street, San Francisco, CA 9410
- Phone: +1 650 475 2150
- Fax: +1 650 475 2151
- Address: Unit 3501, Two IFC, 8 Century Avenue, Pudong District, Shanghai, 200120 China
- Phone: +86 21 6161 1720
- Fax: +86 21 5403 5580
- Address: Unit 1208, Tower West, Genesis Beijing, No. 8 Xinyuan South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100027 China
- Phone: +86 10 5989 7988
- Address: 12 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, #31-01A, Singapore 018982
- Phone: +65 6805 2400
Lowercase Capital might look small by the numbers, but this boutique VC has a long list of investments and acquisitions on their record. Over 110 investments in 90 companies should tell you their looking to support you right from the seed/startup stage to as far as you and their helpful staff of advisers can take your company.
They also specialize in acquisitions, should you be in the market to sell yours. Lowercase is a network of angels willing to invest private equity in the industries they invest in and if their Old Western-motif website is any indication, they aren’t your typical VC the likes of which are featured on the Shark Tank and other investor television shows. Investments include: AeroFS, Bee Free Honee, Bit.ly, Brightwheel, Crowdrise, Digital Genius, Fanbridge, Handshake, Happy Home Co., Kickstarter, Mobcrush, Next Games, Next Wine, Quirky, Stripe, Textur, and a host of other big brands that have since been acquired by other companies including Instagram and Twitter.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $33.5 billion
Focus industries: Curated web, advertising, ecommerce.
Their blog and social presence of Granite and its partners (Standish O’Grady, Chris Hollenbeck, Jackie Berterretche) make it a little easier than most venture capital firms to get in touch with. If you’re interested in seeking funding, get to know them by posting on the blog or adding the active partners to your social media. Strike up some insightful conversations, then attempt to make contact via private message, or approach them at an industry or investor trade show – after ensuring your elevator pitch is beyond reproach!
They have 148 current investments in some 81 companies, and have been a part of 6 IPOs and 34 acquisitions. Some of the fascinating products they’ve invested in include HireVue, Smule, Lucidworks, Anaplan, Marqeta, HyTrust, Telltale Games, Hobo Labs, Rewarder, Quantance, and seed stage investments in Motiv and AirPair.
Funds raised / currently managed: ~ $1 billion
Focus industries: Infrastructure software, applications, digital media, financial technology and alternative finance products.