Posts Tagged ‘Felicis Ventures’

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!

Need Money for Your Startup? Meet the Super-Angels

May 24, 2009

Need money for your startup? Then you should read my new feature, “These Angels Go Where Others Fear to Tread,” in this week’s issue of BusinessWeek.

The story is about a new and increasingly prominent class of investors, which I call super-angels, who are financing startups as big-name venture capital firms conserve their cash. Over the last few years, these firms have funded hundreds of startups, including top outfits such as Facebook, Digg and Twitter.

My story focuses on First Round Capital and its co-founder Josh Kopelman. But there are a growing number of these firms, including Baseline Ventures, Soft Tech VC, Maples Investments, Felicis Ventures, True Ventures, and others.


[Risk-takers: First Round’s partners Howard Morgan, Chris Fralic, and Rob Hayes]

Since there seems to be more super-angels popping up every week, I am going to start a sort of wiki list of the firms, which I hope you all will add names to. Check out the story here.

I also sat down with BusinessWeek assistant managing editor Jim Elllis for an interview about the story in our new weekly video podcast. Check it out here.