Accel Partners is a venture capital firm that has been dedicated for over 25 years to supporting entrepreneurs who possess the unique insight to define new categories and build world-class technology companies. These entrepreneurs have led fundamental industry transformations rather than followed predefined market trends. Accel shares its entrepreneur’s passion for change and their courage to break new ground.
This emphasis on leadership has engendered category defining companies that have reshaped their industries and in many cases created entirely new sectors. Accel-backed companies have sparked many of the most significant revolutions in technology businesses, such as: Veritas Software, RealNetworks, UUNet, Macromedia, PictureTel, Foundry Networks, Walmart.com, and many others.
Index Ventures is a leading European venture capital firm dedicated to working with entrepreneurs who have the drive and ability to build world-class Information Technology and Life Science companies. With offices in Geneva, London and Jersey, Index focuses its investment activity primarily on Europe and Israel and invests in both early stage and growth stage deals. Investments include Spotrunner, the world’s first Internet based advertising agency, MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database (acquired by Sun) and Skype (acquired by eBay).
Sapphire Ventures is focused on helping today’s most innovative technology companies become global category-defining leaders. Leveraging nearly two decades of experience and an extensive global enterprise network, Sapphire Ventures invests capital, resources and expertise to enable its portfolio companies to scale rapidly. Whether entrepreneurs sell to businesses, consumers or both, Sapphire Ventures offers a powerful platform for business development and operational excellence to help them accelerate growth. With US$1.4 billion under active management via direct growth investments and an early-stage fund of funds strategy, Sapphire Ventures is uniquely positioned to elevate companies to the global stage. Find us in Palo Alto and London and at www.sapphireventures.com.
Samsung Venture Investment Corporation manages investment and investment-related activities for Samsung affiliate companies. The investment mandate for Samsung Venture Investment Corporation tracks closely to the strategic priorities of Samsung affiliate companies’ core operating divisions, and encompasses investments in semiconductors, displays, telecommunications, and consumer electronics.
AOL Ventures is the venture capital arm of AOL, focused on early stage investing in technology-centric consumer internet companies. They are primarily interested in giving talented founders the unfair advantage they need to scale quickly and grow great companies and tend to focus on opportunities where the fund can bring a blend of their partnership’s value mixed with some flavor of AOL (parent company) involvement. AOL Ventures generally looks to invest in Seed and Series A opportunities and is broadly interested in a variety of themes around AOL’s core – content, advertising, local/mapping, paid services and consumer applications.
Mitsui Global Investment, Inc. (MGI), is a venture capital and growth equity firm that invests globally in technology, healthcare and cleantech sectors. MGI is the private equity investment group of Mitsui & Co., MGI and Mitsui collectively hold stakes in 650+ companies worldwide. Representative investments include companies such as Fisker, Advertising.com, SEVEN & i Holdings, Penske Auto, Linkshare (Japan), OpenX, Beceem Communications, Solaria, Ming Yang Wind Power, Boingo Wireless, etc. MGI has offices in Menlo Park, New York, Tokyo, Beijing and Shangai. MGI investments range from early stage, late stage, growth capital to select structured private equity transactions.
Presidio Ventures is a strategic corporate venture capital firm dedicated to indentifying the most promising growth industries and partnering with those respective leading startups. Backed by Sumitomo Corporation of Japan, Presidio Ventures has invested in many startups and worked closely with our portfolio companies to expand their businesses to Japan and other Asian markets. Comprised of investment professionals across offices in Silicon Valley, Boston and New York, we have seen new investment and business development nationwide. With assistance from a team of dedicated professionals based in Sumitomo Corporation Tokyo, we have witnessed immense success in IT; cleantech; semiconductor, component & materials; and consumer internet/media domains in both local and foreign markets.
First Round Capital is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs build remarkable companies. We are not afraid of investing in pre-revenue companies – and often provide a company’s first outside capital. As former entrepreneurs, we understand the challenges of launching a new enterprise. We look to take an active role in most of the companies we invest in. We believe our insight and expertise are far more valuable than our capital — and we look for entrepreneurs who feel the same.
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