NOTE: Most visitors to this page might be better off learning about

Angel Investors early in the process.

An Angel Investor is better suited to the earliest phase of a company’s development, but knowledge is key to an entrepreneur’s success. We recommend some good approaches on the Angel Investor page.

A few notes about criteria for inclusion:

Venture Capital firms listed must have an office in the Silicon Valley /San Francisco Bay area for inclusion. I also require the Venture Capital firm to have an operating web site and/or merchant accounts. I welcome email with suggestions for inclusion, or corrections to this list.

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Venture Capital Links: Silicon Valley and SF Bay Area

21st Century Internet: Early-stage financing and a nurturing environment for new economy companies. Spawned by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

Accel Partners: Venture capital firm with focus on communications and internet/intranet companies.

Acuity Ventures: Early stage funding for High-Tech start-ups with high growth attributes.

Advanced Technology Ventures: Specializing in IT and Healthcare. Company stages from seed/start up to later stage.

Altos Ventures: Seeks to invest early, partner closely with entrepreneurs, and contribute real value to build significant companies.

Aspen Ventures: Looking for opportunities to invest in young, dynamic, information technology companies in the Western United States, particularly those in software and data communications.

Asset Management: They participate in all stages of venture financing, initial investments are usually in the seed or early stages of a company’s growth. Areas of interest are information and life sciences.

Battery Ventures: Expertise in the communications, software and internet/e-commerce industries.

Bay Partners: They are most comfortable with companies facing execution risk, but are less inclined to fund entrepreneurs still validating a concept. Their investment focus revolves around our increasingly networked world.

Bedrock Capital Partners : Early stage venture capital, in the communications, information technology, and healthcare industries.

BlueStream Ventures : Focus is on network hardware and software.

Crosspoint Venture Partners: Early invests in large emerging opportunities in: E-Business Services and Software, Next-Generation Carriers, and Healthcare.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson : Specializing in Information Technology Venture Capital; DFJ came up with the concept of “viral marketing.”

El Dorado Ventures: Early-stage investments in West Coast companies in the following industry areas: Enterprise Software, Internet Software and Services, Communications, Semiconductors and Systems.

Geneva Venture Partners: Primary focus is seed and early-stage funding for technology based investment opportunities, specifically within the Internet, enterprise applications software and telecommunications market.

H&Q Venture Associates: Specializing in early and mid-stage technology companies. Areas of interest include software, communication, internet and electronic publishing.

Hummer Winblad Venture Partners : Specializing in companies focused exclusively on software.

InterWest Partners : Invests in new and expanding businesses in information technology and health care.

In-Q-Tel : Invests in new and expanding businesses in information technology. Said to be opening a Silicon Valley office soon.

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers: They have a “Java Fund.” Have a system of shared information and knowledge referred to as the Keiretsu.

Mayfield Fund: Specializing in companies with unique, technology driven products/services. Areas of interest are Information Technology and Healthcare Technology.

Media Technology Ventures : Industry focused venture capital funds investing in companies at the convergence of information, communications and entertainment technologies and services.

Menlo Ventures: Invest at all stages of company development, from startup to mezzanine, but usually get involved in the early stages of a company’s development.

Merchantos: Makes retail software easy for your business by providing point of sale software and other POS systems.

Mohr, Davidow Ventures: Specializes in early stage investments in companies with a strong information technology component.

Montreux Equity Partners: Focused on technology and healthcare companies.

New Enterprise Associates : Invests principally in early stage companies; in information technology, medical and life sciences.

Oak Investment Partners: Classic venture capital firm funding high growth entrepreneurial ventures and assists in guiding them to industry leadership. Have funded in the IC, PC, Networking, Specialty Retail, Biomedical, Wireless, Enterprise Software, and Internet industries.

OFFROAD Capital: Seeks capital needs in the $3 million to $25 million range. Open to companies in all industry sectors with market leadership potential and an experienced management team.

ONSET Ventures: Focuses on seed and early-stage investing in business-to-business markets. Additionally, they specialize in on-site “incubations” — working one-on-one with the entrepreneurs to develop business concepts and launch companies.

OPUS Capital: Focuses on early-stage funding of technology companies.

PARTECH INTERNATIONAL: Invests in Information Technology, Life Sciences and Business Services. They look for companies with the the winning combination of market focus, superior products or services, strong business model, and robust management team.

Platinum Venture Partners: Investments in Internet and information technology and in branded consumer products and services.

Redleaf Venture Management : Invests in Silicon Valley-based companies who provide mission critical web-enabled solutions to Fortune 500 companies.

Redpoint Ventures: Seed, or early stage investment in internet infrastructure, ecommerce and digital new media.

Red Rock Ventures: Seed, or early investment in companies focused on business-to-business, internet and e-commerce.

Rosewood Capital: Invests exclusively in a small number of high-quality, consumer-oriented, growth companies. Investment criteria includes small to medium-size businesses in the branded consumer product, retail, or service sectors, including online commerce.

Rossein Ventures: Seed, or early stage investment in companies with revolutionary technology products.

Sevin Rosen Funds: Invests in a broad range of technology-based projects, including data communications, telecommunications, semiconductors, software and information services. They prefer to invest at the start-up or first round of financing.

Sienna Holdings: Focus on telecommunications, information technology and Internet businesses located throughout the United States.

Sierra Ventures: Focuses on early stage healthcare, information technology-related companies and service businesses.

Summit Partners : Offices in Boston, and Palo Alto, CA. Invests in Healthcare, Software, Networking, Computer Systems and Peripherals, and other industries.

TechFund Capital: Provides private equity capital to seed and early stage information technology companies. Actively look for very early stage companies.

Technology Crossover Ventures: Focuses exclusively on information technology, investing in expansion-stage private enterprises as well as select public situations.

Telos Venture Partners: Invests in early stage technology companies that have the potential to establish themselves as public companies. Focus areas: Information Technology, Semiconductors, Communications.

Trident Capital: Focus on companies well positioned in the emerging Networked Economy.

U. S. Venture Partners: Early investment in companies, focused near Menlo Park, CA. High Technology and Healthcare.

Venrock Associates: Prefers to deal with an enterprise in its earliest form, a high percentage of its investments are seed or first round investments. Invests in the areas of Information Technology and Healthcare/Life Sciences.

Venture Strategy Partners: Supports exceptional emerging branded businesses. Venture Strategy is focused on companies that gain long-term competitive advantage and upside potential through their guiding brand strategy.

Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners: Provides capital to seed through mezzanine stage companies developing products or services in information technology and life sciences.

Worldview Technology Partners: Focused on telecommunications, semiconductors, and software. Worldview helps portfolio companies establish successful alliances and operations in Japan and Asia.

Other Venture Related Resources

Frontier Ventures: Frontier Ventures is a venture consulting group. Their site contains Entrepreneur Resources to help produce Business Plans, Financial Projections, Presentation To Investors and more. – we start up startups

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