Posts Tagged ‘Aydin Senkut’

Google Angels Spread Their Wings

February 26, 2010

Apologies for not posting that much lately. I’ve been swamped with work. However, I am coming up for air and have a really cool project to share with you all. It’s sort of an angel investing extravaganza.

The heart of the package is a feature story and a super-duper two-page info-graphic detailing the ascendance of the Google angel investors–all of the wealthy folks such as Aydin Senkut, Chris Sacca and Andrea Zurek who have come out of Google and are seeding the next wave of tech innovation. Silicon Valley has always been fueled by angel investors coming out of successful startups, but the Google alumni network is the most powerful network the Valley has ever seen, I believe. Check out the story here, written by myself and Kimberly Weisul.

We’ve also compiled a ranking of the most powerful angels in all of tech investing through a partnership with private company researcher YouNoodle. Angel investors are playing an increasingly important role in the economy so I am stoked we are first to market with this kind of list. In case you are wondering, the top three in our ranking our Chris Dixon, Ron Conway and Reid Hoffman.

Last but not least, we’ve got an email interview with Peter Thiel, the godfather of the other prominent Valley network, the PayPal Mafia.

Correction to Mint.com Story; Shout-out to Felicis Ventures

September 21, 2009

I made a boo-boo on the recent Mint.com I wrote for BW. Turns out that Baseline Ventures did not invest in Mint.com. Ron Conway personally invested in the company as he was forming Baseline. However, Conway is no longer part of Baseline, Conway tells me via email. Over the summer, he started a sister investment firm called SV Angel LLC.

Credit to Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures for pointing out the error. Senkut says the organizer of STIRR, the networking event for entrepreneurs where Mint.com founder Aaron Patzer met First Round Capital co-founder Josh Kopelman, also referred Senkut to the deal after Senkut introduced Patzer to Conway and Paul Buchheit.

Buchheit is a rising star in the Valley, having coded Gmail as the 23rd employee of Google, coining Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto, and then co-founding social network aggregator FriendFeed, along with three other former Google employees. In August, Facebook acquired FriendFeed.

In other news, Senkut tells me that things are also going swimmingly well for this new firm. “Mint is my fifth exit in less than 4 years, allowing me to have a positive annualized IRR that’s right below the second highest in Cambridge Associates venture return study in 2008 (my firm was not included but it’s comparable),” writes Senkut. Way to go Aydin!


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