Tech's New Kingmakers
Meet the influential investors that every Web 2.0 entrepreneur needs to know.
(Business 2.0 Magazine) -- 1. NETWORKED INVESTOR
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn
Startups: Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Six Apart, Tagged, Wikia
Busy with his own startup, but has pitch meetings on Sundays. You'll need a LinkedIn referral to get one.
2. SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
Jeff Clavier, SoftTech VC
Startups: Buzznet, Dogster, Edgeio, Mashery, Wikio
Has a proven knack for helping entrepreneurs turn passionate user networks into thriving businesses.
3. HELPING HAND
David Hornik, August Capital
Startups: Done Right, PayCycle, Six Apart, VideoEgg
Not as interested in seed-stage companies, but the go-to guy for a substantial round of funding to get you to the next level.
4, 5. 2.0 EAST
Brad Burnham and Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
Startups: Del.icio.us, Etsy, FeedBurner, Indeed
Wilson is the bigger name but says Burnham is the brains behind New York's top VC shop.
6. THE MENTOR
Ram Shriram, Sherpalo
Startups: Cleartrip, Google, Platial, Pod-Show, StumbleUpon
Google board member Shriram doesn't invest as often as some of his counterparts, but when he does, it gets attention.
7. EVERYONE'S ANGEL
Ron Conway, Angel Investors
Startups: BuzzLogic, Digg, Google, StumbleUpon, Wikia
Averages an amazing 60 deals a year. The amounts are modest, but startups knock on his door first.
8. MR. BIG
Michael Moritz, Sequoia Capital
Startups: Eons, Google, Kayak.com, PayPal, Plaxo, Yahoo, Zappos.com
The most powerful VC in the Valley today. Only megamarket potential will get you in his door.
9, 10. WONDER TWINS
James Slavet and David Sze, Greylock Partners
Startups: Digg, Facebook, Farecast, Glimpse, LinkedIn, Revision3
They are nothing if not aggressive. Win them over and they'll go all in.
11. FREE THINKER
Peter Thiel, Founders Fund
Startups: Facebook, Geni, LinkedIn, Slide
The PayPal co-founder and outspoken Libertarian leans toward early-stage investments and personally backs nonprofit ventures.
12. THE OUTSIDER
Josh Kopelman, First Round Capital
Startups: Del.icio.us, Krugle, LinkedIn, Mashery, Riya, StumbleUpon, Wikia
Based in Philadelphia, he keeps a low profile but still manages to get in on all the hot deals.
13. EURO CONNECTION
Danny Rimer, Index Ventures
Startups: Fon, King.com, Last.fm, Skype, Spot Runnerclick here.