VCforU Top 20 Early Stage Investors in Silicon Valley

The international hub of the VC world needs no introduction, it is also the biggest startup hub in the world. Silicon Valley is indeed an attractive, yet competitive and expensive place to be. VCforU has listed its top 20 investors in the Silicon Valley. There are some usual suspects on the list and there are some you should get to know.



Partner Name: Marc Andreessen | Andreessen Horowitz

Founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz (known as “a16z”) is a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, California that backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology. Andreessen Horowitz is stage agnostic: They invest in seed to late-stage companies, and both consumer and enterprise technology companies. To date, a16z has raised $7.1B, across seven funds, including the $650M Bio funds.




Partner Name: Vinod Khosla | Khosla Ventures

At KV, they fundamentally like large problems that are amenable to technology solutions. KV seeks out unfair advantages: proprietary and protected technological advances, business model innovations, unique partnerships and top-notch teams.




Partner Name: Jessica Livingston |​ Y Combinator

Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups. Seed funding is the earliest stage of venture funding. It pays your expenses while you’re getting started.




Partner Name: Gigi Levy-Weiss |​ NFX Guild

NFX believes creating something of true significance starts with seeing things others do not.




Partner Name: Brian Ascher l | Venrock

Venrock helps entrepreneurs build some of the world's most disruptive, successful companies. We partner with entrepreneurs who have grand ambitions - who want to tackle big, hard problems that most think not possible.




Partner Name: Ann Miura-Ko | Floodgate

Technology is bringing abundance to the world. But, only a handful of people start the iconic companies with the biggest impact. At Floodgate, they call these special founders the Prime Movers.




Partner Name: Christine Tsai | 500 startups

500’s mission is to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. 500 believes that great founders come in all shades, genders, and nationalities.




Partner Name: Josh Kopelman | First Round Capital

No idea is too early for First Round. First Round Capital loves rolling up their sleeves to help build from day one. Together, their partners have spent 100+ years working with founding teams — and every day, their community of thousands of operators shares knowledge about building from scratch.




Partner Name: Barak Ben-Avinoam | BGV

BGV has been helping to build great enterprise technology companies for over 10 years. BGV brings deep operating experience, company building passion and a team approach for its portfolio.




Partner Name: Joseph Ansanelli | Greylock Partners

Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. They invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) and more




Partner Name: Jeff Clavier | Uncork Capital

Uncork Capital is a seed-stage venturefirm that commits early, helps with the hard stuff, and sticks around. Really.




Partner Name: Scott Stanford | Sherpa Capital

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




Partner Name: David J. Blumberg | Blumberg Capital

Blumberg Capital is an early-stage venture capital firm that partners with passionate entrepreneurs to innovate and build successful technology companies. They specialize in leading Seed and Series A rounds collaborating with angel investors, other venture capital firms and strategic partners.




Partner Name: Mark Fernandes | Sierra Ventures

Since 1982, Sierra has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world begin and grow successful technology companies. Their passion is finding the right combination of innovative technology and talented entrepreneurs, and guiding them with expertise and capital to help companies grow and deliver on their promise.




Partner Name: John Malloy | BlueRun Ventures

BlueRun Ventures helps entrepreneurs build businesses that will transform industries. The journey from idea to startup to success is long and the relationships built along that journey define us as investors, entrepreneurs, and changemakers.




Partner Name: Andrea Zurek | XG Ventures

XG Ventures® was founded in March 2008 by ex-Googlers, who were early hires in strategic roles at Google. Pietro Dova and Andrea Zurek are the managing members of XG Ventures and are dedicated to advising and investing in supremely talented early stage teams..




Partner Name: Shadi Mehraein | Rivet Ventures

Rivet Ventures invest in companies in women-led markets where female usage, decision-making, and purchasing are crucial to company growth. They back both male and female founders.




Partner Name: Emily Melton | DFJ

DFJ began in 1985 with a focus on early-stage companies. Tim Draper, a third-generation VC with a passion for technology and unconventional thinking, teamed with John Fisher, a former colleague of Draper's, known for his deep enterprise and tech finance experience. Together they shaped the firm's foundational philosophy of investing in people first.




Partner Name: Aileen Lee | Cowboy Ventures