New Enterprise Associates (NEA) is a leading venture capital firm, consistently ranking among the top firms in portfolio IPOs each year, with more liquidity events than any other venture capital firm. Since its founding, the firm has backed more than 170 companies that have gone public and invested in more than 280 companies that have been successfully merged or acquired. For more than 30 years, NEA has been helping to build great companies. NEA's committed capital has grown to $13 billion and they have funded more than 650 companies in the Information Technology, Energy Technology and Healthcare sectors - like Salesforce, Groupon, Data Domain, Box, CareerBuilder, Diapers.com, Fusion-io, Juniper, Macromedia, Gilt Group, TiVo and 23andMe.
Index Ventures is a leading venture capital firm specializing in investments in information technology and life sciences companies. The firm invests in seed, early and growth stage start-ups across US and Europe. Since its inception in 1996, Index Ventures has backed visionary entrepreneurs who have taken on incumbents and built seminal companies in a number of growth sectors including: open source software companies such as MySQL, Trolltech, Zend and Pentaho; broadband and VOIP companies such as Virata, Skype, FON and Rebtel; Internet service companies such as Dropbox, Zuora, SoundCloud, Path, Etsy, Boku, Lookout, Betfair, Oanda, Last.fm, SpotRunner, Lovefilm, Stardoll and Netvibes; and life science companies such as Genmab, ParAllele Biosciences, BioXell, 7TM Pharma and PanGenetics.
Founded in 1970, Charles River Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund that takes a value-added, hands-on approach to support its portfolio companies. Charles River Ventures is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms with approximately $2.5 billion under management. CRV has helped startups turn their ideas into real, viable businesses. Companies like Twitter, Yammer, Scribd, Millennial Media, Zendesk, Cascade, CIENA, ChipCom, NetGenesis, Parametric Technology, Sonus, Speechworks, Stratus Computer, Sybase, Vignette and dozens more have realized stunning success. Since its founding, CRV funds have been ranked among the industry’s top performers; CRV has offices in Boston, MA and Menlo Park, CA.
Ignition is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping the best entrepreneurs seize opportunity. With over $2B under management, Ignition invests in emerging and future leaders in communications, internet, software, and services across business and consumer targets. Ignition brings together an unparalleled combination of domain focus, technical expertise, and global operational experience and was an early investor in companies such Splunk, Seomoz, WePay, Hipmunk, Heroku, Cloudera, Couchbase and Docusign. Ignition’s partners are proven business leaders who have built some of the world’s most successful businesses of the last two decades, including Microsoft Windows and Office, McCaw Cellular Communications, Citrix, AT&T Wireless and Starbucks.
Jeff Bezos is an American entrepreneur who played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.com, Inc., an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and the model for Internet sales. In 2000, Bezos founded Blue Origin, a human spaceflight startup company, partially as a result of his fascination with space travel. He was named Time magazine's Person of the Year in 1999. In 2008, he was selected by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best leaders. Bezos was awarded an honorary doctorate in Science and Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. Bezos graduated from Princeton University.
Founded in 2010 by Eric Schmidt and Dror Berman. Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Google, where he was CEO from 2001 to 2011. Additionally, Schmidt was a former member on the board of directors for Apple, CEO of Novell and CTO of Sun. Along with Mike Lesk, Schmidt co-authored the lex analysis software program for the Unix computer operating system. Innovation Endeavors is an personal early stage venture fund focused on advancing the world by providing high-impact entrepreneurs with the capital, coaching and network to build game-changing ventures. Innovation Endeavors has invested in more than 40 companies around the world in various industries and is based in Palo Alto.
Stanford University, is a private research university in Stanford, California in the northwestern Silicon Valley. Leland Stanford, founded the university in 1885 in memory of their son. By 1970, Stanford was home to a linear accelerator, and was one of the original four ARPANET nodes. Since 1952, 58 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university. Moreover, it has produced the largest number of Turing Award laureates for a single academic institution and is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 astronauts. Stanford is also one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress. Faculty and alumni have founded many prominent companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo!, and companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world.