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Top Venture Capital Firms in US

Sequoia Capital

Sequoia Capital is a Californian venture capital firm located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California. The Wall Street Journal has called Sequoia Capital “one of the highest-caliber venture firms”, and noted that it is “one of Silicon Valley’s most influential venture-capital firms”. The firm is known for the companies it has funded, and it estimates that 19% of the NASDAQ’s value is made up of firms Sequoia has funded.

Sequoia has funded companies including Apple, Aruba Networks, Google, YouTube, PayPal, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, NVIDIA, Navigenics, Cotendo, Atari, Ameritox, Kayak, Meebo, Admob, Zappos, Green Dot and LinkedIn. The firm has offices in the U.S., China, India and Israel. Sequoia invests in companies all over the world.

Accel

Since its founding, Accel has strived to continually reinvent our firm. Just as start-ups must innovate in order to meaningfully impact their industries, we believe Accel must pioneer new practices in venture capital to maintain our leadership and create the most value to our companies.

The following investment partnerships that Accel has forged enable unique perspectives into every stage of a company’s lifecycle beyond just the start-up phase. In addition, these strategic relationships provide an informed view of industry and business changes around the world. By working closely with our premier investment partners, Accel gains further insight into best practices for building franchise companies and identifies significant market opportunities globally before others. The partnerships also further extend Accel’s extensive network of highly relevant executives and companies to support our companies. Accel entrepreneurs directly benefit from these synergistic relationships which provide yet another resource for Accel portfolio companies to leverage.

Union Square Ventures

Union Square Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City. We invest in young companies that use information technology in innovative ways to create high growth business opportunities in the Media, Marketing, Financial Services, Telecommunications, and Healthcare industries.

The venture capital firm was conceived as a place where a small number of very experienced investment professionals, working collaboratively from a single office, could build a portfolio of promising startup companies and then put our experience and our networks to work to help those companies build valuable businesses.

Benchmark Capital

Benchmark Capital is a venture capital firm responsible for the early stage funding of some very successful startups. In 1997, the firm invested $6.7 million in eBay, which became worth more than $5 billion by the spring of 1999.Other high-profile investments include Ariba, Juniper Networks, Red Hat, Tropos Networks and Twitter. Benchmark Capital is noted for creating the first equal ownership and compensation structure for its partners. The firm’s general partners include Alex Balkanski, Matt Cohler, Bruce Dunlevie, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, Kevin Harvey, Bob Kagle, Mitch Lasky and Steve Spurlock.

Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz is a venture capital firm founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. The company’s headquarters is in Menlo Park, California.

The venture capital fund was started in June 2009 with an initial capital of $300 million.In September 2009 the firm invested $50 million for 2% of Skype stock. They also own stock of Zynga, Digg, Foursquare and other high-tech companies. At the beginning of November 2010, the company announced that they raised another $650 million for a second venture fund. In February 2011, Andreessen Horowitz invested $80 million in Twitter, being the first venture firm that holds stock in all four of the highest-valued privately held social-media companies: Facebook, Groupon, Twitter and Zynga

General Catalyst Partners

General Catalyst Partners is a private equity firm focused on venture capital investments in early stage technology-based companies including software, infrastructure software and applied technology businesses. The firm has also includes a growth capital team that focuses on later stage investments.

The firm, which is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded in 2000. The firm has raised approximately $1.6 billion since inception across five funds including a $600 million venture capital fund raised in 2007.

NEA

For more than 30 years, NEA has been helping to build great companies. Their committed capital has grown to $11 billion and they’ve funded more than 650 companies in the Information Technology, Energy Technology and Healthcare sectors.

Remaining nimble as they’ve grown—with more than 65 investment professionals working out of their offices in the US, India, and China and investing across the globe — NEA is the entrepreneur’s venture capital firm, consistently ranking among the top firms in portfolio IPOs each year. Since its founding, the firm has backed more than 165 companies that have gone public and invested in more than 255 companies that have been successfully merged or acquired—more liquidity events than any other venture capital firm

Khosla Ventures

Khosla Ventures is a venture capital firm focused on early stage companies in the Internet, computing, mobile, silicon technology and clean technology sectors.

The firm is based in Menlo Park, California and manages approximately $1.3 billion of investor capital as well as earlier funds funded by Khosla himself.

Greylock Partners

Greylock Partners is one of the oldest venture capital firms, founded in 1965, with committed capital of over $2 billion under management. The firm focuses on early stage companies in the consumer, enterprise software and infrastructure as well as semiconductor sectors.

Today, Greylock operates out of offices in the Bay Area, Cambridge, Israel and India.

Greylock was founded in 1965 by Bill Elfers and Dan Gregory, joined shortly thereafter by Charlie Waite. Bill and Charlie had both worked at American Research and Development Corporation—one of the country’s first venture capital firms—while Dan was an investment manager at John P. Chase. The original capital ($9 million in total) was committed by a group of six prominent families, all of whom are still investors in Greylock. Over the ensuing 43 years, Greylock has raised a series of partnerships, with current committed capital in excess of $2 billion, and helped build over 300 growth companies.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) is a world leading venture capital firm located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley. The Wall Street Journal has called it one of the “largest and most established” venture capital firms in the world. The New York Times has called it “one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital providers,” and said that it is “one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capital firms.” Reuters news service has called KPCB “one of the most successful venture capital firms in the world.”

KPCB specializes in investments in incubation and early stage companies. Since 1972, KPCB has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs in building over 475 companies, including such major names as Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Intuit, AOL, Genomic Health, Verisign, and Google. More than 150 of the firm’s portfolio companies have gone public. Its team includes the world leading venture capitalist John Doerr; Sun Microsystem’s co-founder Bill Joy; NASA rocket scientist K. R. Sridhar; former US Vice President Al Gore; and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell.