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Q: Silicon Valley VC firms with proven successful incubator program ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Silicon Valley VC firms with proven successful incubator program
Category: Business and Money > Finance
Asked by: avs2005-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 07 Jun 2006 18:24 PDT
Expires: 07 Jul 2006 18:24 PDT
Question ID: 736275
I am looking for a list of silicon valley venture capital firms that
have in their current portfolio some companies that they incubated in
the very early days of that company. For instance, Battery Ventures
told me recently that some of the companies that they incubated are a
part of their portfolio.

Related to this, I posted a different question (Question ID:
734913)which remains unanswered and am hoping, by narrowing the scope,
to get some response.

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 07 Jun 2006 20:27 PDT
Hello avs2005-ga,

I want to make sure I understand what you?re looking for. Taking your
example of Battery Ventures, I was able to find that they incubated
Ruckus Network and it?s still in their current portfolio. Is this the
kind of pairing you?re looking for? What would you like included in
the answer?

Do you want just this?

Battery Ventures incubated and holds Ruckus Network

Alternately, do you want the links that show the evidence of the
connection, like this?

Alphabetical -- Complete List of Current Investments
Ruckus Network was co-founded by two MIT graduate students, Vince Han and David 
Galper, whose initial idea for Ruckus was born on campus and incubated at Battery
Based in Herndon, Virginia, Ruckus is backed by Battery Ventures and
Shelter Capital Partners ?

It?s not difficult to find venture capital firms and the companies in
their portfolios. It?s more difficult to discover who incubated the
companies in the portfolio. Please clarify what you mean by ?companies
that they incubated in the very early days of that company.?

What stage companies are you looking for? Using the model from Venture
Associates, I would include the Seed and Start-up stages as the
incubation phase and current status as First Stage or above as the
sign of success you specify in your question. Please confirm that this
is what you?re looking for or make the necessary corrections in my

Another Example:

I found that Bessemer Venture Partners incubated Yelp and recently
provided first round funding and have Yelp in their portfolio. Would
you accept this pairing as what you're lookiing for?

Bessemer Venture Partners
Internet service to help consumers find what's great -- and not so
great -- in their neighborhood and beyond.
Yelp Gets $3M-Plus in VC Cash
Bessemer Venture Partners provides a first round of funding for the
social networking site that also features reviews.

Yelp is one of three companies incubated by Max Levchin, co-founder of
electronic payments service PayPal.
Nothing on Yelp?s website shows their source of funding.

Considering the low price of your question, how many company pairs do
you require as a sufficient answer?

I look forward to your clarification.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Question by avs2005-ga on 07 Jun 2006 23:52 PDT
Thank you for the clarification request:

With reference to the definitions from VA, I am referring to "Seed or
concept" as the incubation and anything after that as the sign of

Simple list of names and links will suffice and don't need detailed
evidence, altho some links for a follow-thru would help.

Don't need large number of listings and believe that there are only
about 200 VC firms in the Silicon Valley. About 30 references would be
good enough for now. Even less will do, if price is deemed to be too

The main point is this : All or almost all VC firms say that they have
an incubator program. And of course, many entrepreneurs, even after
being admitted,  don't pass it and get shut down. I am trying to get a
list of VC firms that have a good track record and verifiable history
about nurturing the entreprenurs in the incubators.

Hope I have answered your query;
Subject: Re: Silicon Valley VC firms with proven successful incubator program
Answered By: czh-ga on 08 Jun 2006 15:31 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hello avs2005-ga,

Thank you for your clarification. I have collected several resources
that will help you evaluate venture capital firms that specialize in
early stage / seed investing. The websites tend to sound very similar
with boilerplate claims of personal attention to nurturing
entrepreneurs. I recommend that you review the portfolio of companies
and the management team to be able to assess the track record of each
venture firm.

This list compiled by PWC and published in Entrepreneur magazine is an
excellent starting point for reviewing venture capital companies that
fund early stage companies. The report for 2005 should be available
Top 100 Venture Capital Firms (Deals in 2004)
Top Firms for Early-Stage Companies
Top 100 Venture Capital Firms for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur, July 2005

The Money Tree Report is an excellent resource for continuing your
explorations. You can use the interactive tools for reviewing current
quarter data. I?ve also located links for the prior year?s quarterly
reports if you are interested in going back further.
The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital
investment activity in the United States. As a collaboration between
PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association
based upon data from Thomson Financial, it is the only
industry-endorsed research of its kind. The MoneyTree Report is the
definitive source of information on emerging companies that receive
financing and the venture capital firms that provide it.

Current Quarter Data
 -- By Region
 -- By Industry
 -- By Stage of Development
 -- By Finance Sequence
 -- By VC Firm
 -- By Investee Company
 -- Summary Report
Investments by Region / Q1 2006
Investments by Region / Q1 2006 -- Silicon Valley
View Investee Companies / Q1 2006 -- Silicon Valley -- Startup/Seed
Custom Search / Q1 2006 
Public access allows for searching the current quarter's results only.

Venture capital results, Q1 2006

VC funding fourth quarter 2005

Venture Capital Survey -- Third quarter, 2005

VC funding for Q2 2005

I came across some interesting articles and tools in the course of
this research. I thought they might be of interest to you so I?ve
included them to help you with extending your research.
May 14, 2006
Venture capital survey: Small firms make a splash

But lately, a handful of venture capitalists is stepping into the
void. Silicon Valley VCs are leaving big firms to start their own,
smaller firms, with plans to manage $100 million or less.

Smaller firms are more likely to back smaller, early-stage companies
-- barely out of the garage -- and have the patience to step into the
trenches and work closely with an entrepreneur, say their supporters.

Given those differences, there's a new crop of small firm VCs:

Alsop Louie Partners

Vinod Khosla

The Founders Fund

Bill Burnham

Stu Phillips, Ridgelift Ventures

Early Stage Venture Capital Search
You are using winterkids's Early Stage Venture Capital search engine
that provides results from a hand-selected list of sites.

Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance

ESVCA is a community of more than 150 early stage venture capitalists
who gather together to share common challenges, practices and
information on their ever-evolving business environment.

I trust that the information I?ve found will be useful. Please don?t
hesitate to ask for clarification.

Wishing you well for your project.

~ czh ~


venture partners incubated  OR seed
venture-funded startup
silicon valley venture  incubated OR seed

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 08 Jun 2006 23:13 PDT
Here are some more venture companies that provide funding at the Seed
and Very Early stages.




Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 09 Jun 2006 10:53 PDT
Dear avs2005-ga,

I'm sorry you're unhappy with my answer. I indicated at the end of my
reponse that I would be happy to clarify anything before you rated the
question. Your rating goes to say it "does not reflect on the
Researcher" but of course it does.

I spent several hours on your question. I not only identified VC firms
that have companies in their portfolios that they incubated from
inception, but I also gave you some excellent tools to continue on
your own. I clarified to make sure I was on the right track. I would
have been happy to clarify until you were satisfied. I'm still
mystified about what the five star answer would have looked like.

I had your other question locked but I will release it. Maybe some
other researcher has a better understanding of what you're after.

Best wishes for your projects.

~ czh ~
avs2005-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
The star rating in my response does not reflect on the Researcher as
the question was a bit obtuse on my part and finding the
"needles-in-the-haystack" answers not realistic for the relatively low
price offered. Accordingly, including a small tip to show my

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