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