The Founders Fund provides capital to transformational businesses run by world-class entrepreneurs; companies the firm has backed include Facebook (Founders Fund Managing Partner Peter Thiel was Facebook’s first investor), Quantcast, SpaceX, Palantir Technologies, RoboteX, ZocDoc, Spotify, Yammer, Mint, Slide, and Practice Fusion. The firm, which pursues a founder-friendly investment strategy, is overseen by four managing partners, all of whom have founded companies worth more than $1 billion: Peter Thiel (PayPal); Ken Howery (PayPal); Luke Nosek (PayPal); and Sean Parker (Napster; Plaxo, Causes; founding president, Facebook).
Artis Ventures supports and partners with entrepreneurs who are driven to positively impact their world through disruptive technological innovation. Companies the firm has backed include YouTube, StemCentrx, Nimble Storage, Aruba Networks, and KiOR.
Glynn Capital Management
Founded by Aydin Senkut, Felicis Ventures is a super angel fund based in Palo Alto, California. It is focused on supporting the best and brightest technology entrepreneurs with capital, mentorship and connections. Felicis Ventures’ portfolio is comprised of leading mobile and consumer Internet companies including Aardvark (acquired by Google), Bump, GeoAPI (acquired by Twitter), Inkling, Meraki, Mint (acquired by Intuit), Milo (acquired by eBay), Practice Fusion, Tapulous (acquired by Disney) and Rovio Mobile.
Western Technology Investment
Founded in 1980, WTI has provided over $3 billion of debt and equity capital to technology and life science companies ranging from early-stage private companies to publicly-traded companies. Investments range from $250k to $30M and are structured as fully usable, unrestricted growth capital. As a result, WTI has worked with exceptionally talented teams at the world's leading technology and life science companies, including 3PAR, Brocade, Cerent, Facebook and Google.
Morgenthaler is a leading, national venture capital and private equity firm with offices in Boston, MA; Boulder, CO; Cleveland, OH and Menlo Park, CA. It has funded more than 300 companies over 40 years and currently has approximately $3 billion under management. Morgenthaler has three distinct investment teams: the Life Science Team, the Information Technology Team and the Private Equity Team. Morgenthaler closed MVP IX, a $400-million venture capital fund, in November of 2008.
Band of Angels
The Band of Angels is Silicon Valley's oldest seed funding organization. The formal group includes more than 120 former and current high tech executives who are interested in investing their time and money into new, cutting edge, startup companies. Band of Angels has seeded over 200 companies in our history with 40+ profitable M&A exits and 9 Nasdaq IPOs. Band members have founded companies such as Symantec, Logitech, and National Semiconductor and been senior executives at the likes of Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, and Intuit.