Posts Tagged ‘Greylock Partners’

Inside Marc Andreessen’s New Venture Capital Fund

July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!

Let’s celebrate entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who embody economic freedom!

On that note, check out the story I wrote about Netscape cofounder Marc Andreesseen’s new $300 million VC fund. Bonus: a video of me blabbing about it with tech editor Peter Elstrom.

Here’s the top:

With the financial world in turmoil, this may seem like a terrible time to start a new venture capital firm. But not for Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Internet pioneer Netscape Communications, and business partner Ben Horowitz. The two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs just raised $300 million to launch the firm, dubbed Andreessen Horowitz, say several sources involved in the effort. The pair had originally planned to raise $250 million, but boosted the amount because of strong investor interest.

Andreessen and Horowitz are expected to publicly unveil their firm later this month and declined to comment. But sources say the duo raised most of the money from institutional investors, including Horsley Bridge Partners, a San Francisco firm that invests corporate and government pension-fund money in venture firms. Among the new firm’s other backers are prominent tech industry players including Reid Hoffman, founder of the social networking site LinkedIn, and Peter Thiel, former CEO of the payment service PayPal. “Marc is doing some innovative things,” says Hoffman, who confirmed his involvement. “I like the direction he is going.”

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How Much Money Has Facebook Raised?

May 10, 2008

There’s been a number of differing estimates about how much money Facebook has raised. TechCrunch pegs it at $493 million.

But here’s what Facebook CFO Gideon Yu told me: Facebook has had 4 rounds of equity capital financing and two rounds of debt financing. Here are its investors:

Microsoft: $240 million
Li Ka-shing: $120 million
Group of individual investors: $15 million

Before that Yu says Facebook raised another $37.5 million from a “B” round venture investment from Accel Partners and a “C” round investment from Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital Partners.

$12.5 million came from Accel Partners in May 2005. And in April 2006 $25 million came from Greylock Partners, Meritech Capital Partners and Facebook’s existing investors Accel Partners and Peter Thiel also participated. Lastly, published reports have said that in late 2004 Peter Thiel invested $500,000 in angel money in Facebook.

That comes out to a grand total of $413 million. Add in the $100 million it got from TriplePoint at that brings you to $513 million. But that still does not include the first round of debt financing. I don’t know how much that was for.