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The Seed 100: The best early-stage investors

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 02 Apr 2021

<p><img class="lead-image-large" src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/605cd75a6746fb0018a73c03-2400/seed%20100%20thumb%202x1.png" border="0" alt="seed 100 thumb 2x1" data-mce-source="Sequoia Capital; TechNexus; Michael Seibel; Forerunner Ventures; Sheel Mohnot; Wikimedia Commons; Skye Gould/Insider" data-mce-caption="Left to right: Alfred Lin, Kaitlyn Doyle, Michael Seibel, Kirsten Green, Sheel Mohnot, and Ruchi Sanghvi."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>The venture capitalists who write the earliest checksknown as seed investorstake the biggest risks. But when they choose well, they also reap the biggest rewards. With huge profits at stake, thousands of institutions and individuals are active seed investors.</p><p>But seed investing is more an art than a science and only a few succeed regularly. <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tribe-capitals-arjun-sethi-uses-data-not-feelings-to-invest-2021-4">Tribe Capital</a>, a seed venture-capital firm and an investor in other funds, set out to find the top investors by analyzing data on about 1,000 of them. The result is this list of the top 100 as well as <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/seed-25-best-female-early-stage-investors-2021-4">the Seed 25</a>, a list of the top female seed investors.</p><p>The table below offers the Seed 100 at a glance, with links to each person's profile and an additional link to their Twitter account. It lets you search by name or sector and sort by rank, name, and city. Scroll down below the table to browse through the whole list.</p><ul class="read-more-links"><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-tribe-capital-built-the-seed-100-and-seed-25-2021-4">How Tribe Capital selected and ranked the Seed 100 and Seed 25</a><div><style>html{scroll-behavior: smooth;}</style><script type="text/javascript"> window.addEventListener('message',(event)=>{if (event.data.task==='scrollToRow'){document.getElementById(event.data.value).scrollIntoView();}},'http://tbimedia.s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/');</script><div id="seed-100" data-frame-src="https://tbimedia.s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/bistudios/_00/dev_edit/graphics/2021/03/2021-03-seed-100/index.html" data-frame-sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-top-navigation allow-popups allow-popups-to-escape-sandbox"></div><script src="https://unpkg.com/@newswire/frames/dist/index.umd.js"></script><script>window.newswireFrames.autoInitFrames()</script></div><p></p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-tribe-capital-built-the-seed-100-and-seed-25-2021-4"></a><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-tribe-capital-built-the-seed-100-and-seed-25-2021-4"></a></li></ul><h3>100. Nitesh Banta</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/604912b7f196be0018bee9ec-400-300/100-nitesh-banta.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and CEO, B12</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Clara Health, Pilot, Radar, Room, TileDB</p><p>Banta can make fast decisions on deals based on a decade of investing experience. A serial entrepreneur, he started his venture career at General Catalyst but has doubled back to startups with a new company called B12.</p><p>It makes software for helping businesses with front-office tasks. Banta <a href="https://angel.co/p/nbanta">says on AngelList</a> that he continues to invest in 15 to 25 companies a year.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>99. Jesse Robbins</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/604913319942cf001865d9c7-400-300/99-jesse-robbins.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Partner, Heavybit; founder, Orion Labs</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Chef Software, Conjur, LaunchDarkly, Zymergen</p><p>Robbins is the right investor to call in an emergency. A former volunteer firefighter, he worked for five years as Amazon's "master of disaster," responsible for keeping the website running during unexpected outages.</p><p>Now Robbins is helping founders weather storms as a partner at Heavybit, an accelerator and venture fund for developer and enterprise startups.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>98. Andy Dunn</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/604913b2f196be0018bee9f7-400-300/98-andy-dunn.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder, Bonobos; cofounder, Red Swan Ventures; chairman, Monica + Andy</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Away, Coinbase, Glossier, Oscar, Scopely, Warby Parker</p><p>When Dunn isn't building his own successful consumer company, he's investing in one.</p><p>Halfway through his 11-year tenure as the CEO of the menswear company Bonobos, Dunn started a venture firm, Red Swan, to back founders creating delightful consumer products and services.</p><p>The firm stopped raising new funds in 2016, but Dunn has continued to write checks as an angel investor.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>97. Charles Moldow</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6049147af196be0018bee9ff-400-300/97-charles-moldow.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> General partner, Foundation Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> CloudOn, Hey Inc., Mirror Emoji Keyboard, Motif, Porch</p><p>Moldow is known for his track record of investments in a fintech niche: lending. His startup bets include LendingClub and OnDeck Capital, which both went public in 2014.</p><p>The Foundation Capital general partner has company-building in his bones. Before joining the early-stage venture firm, Moldow lived the startup hustle as an early employee of two startups, the internet service provider @Home Network and the speech-recognition app Tellme Networks.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>96. Larry Marcus</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/604915729942cf001865d9df-400-300/96-larry-marcus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and managing director, Marcy Venture Partners</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Fetch, Jukely, Wingz</p><p>Marcus is the career investor who joined forces with Jay Z, hip-hop's first billionaire, to form a consumer-focused venture firm. The pair's stacked network has led to investments in an electric-mobility startup, a catering company, and Rihanna's lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty.</p><p>Marcus previously backed companies like Netflix and Pandora as an angel investor.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>95. Jared Friedman</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/604915e69942cf001865d9e3-400-300/95-jared-friedman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Group partner, Y Combinator</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> The Athletic, MessageBird, Rappi, Scale AI, Solugen, Substack</p><p>Friedman is an investor at Y Combinator, where he started an internet company before he invested in other entrepreneurs. His company, Scribd, was part of an early batch of startups funded in 2006, and it went on to become one of the most popular websites.</p><p>Friedman said his favorite part of the job was working with founders from the earliest days.</p><p>"It's crazy when five years later they are running a giant company and we can look back on our first office hours and see how uncertain everything was," Friedman said.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>94. E. Bora Uygun</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60491679f196be0018beea13-400-300/94-e-bora-uygun.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder, Bora &amp; Sons</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Vancouver</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Carbon Health, Eligible, OccamzRazor, Remote Team, Rescale, Robinhood</p><p>Uygun is a serial entrepreneur with four startups and a doctorate in information technology and telecoms on his r&eacute;sum&eacute;. Originally from Turkey, Uygun says he invests in founders who are attacking large markets with software solutions that remove pain points for customers.</p><p>His advice to aspiring seed investors is that they start today with "as little as $1,000."</p><p>"I believe they won't regret it," Uygun said.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>93. Sam Altman</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/59e50c82b0c2926f042cd8d2-400-300/93-sam-altman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and CEO, OpenAI</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Heap, Nervana, Optimizely, PlanGrid, Teespring</p><p>Altman is one of tech's most influential investors. He was the president of the storied startup accelerator Y Combinator, whose graduates include Airbnb, Dropbox, and Stripe.</p><p>He's no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the incubator and has shifted focus to OpenAI, an organization that creates free and open-source artificial-intelligence technologies.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>92. Justin Waldron</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/604917459942cf001865d9ed-400-300/92-justin-waldron.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and president, Playco</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Lambda School, Snackpass, Soomgo, Sprig, Substack</p><p>Waldron is best known as one of the eight cofounders of Zynga, where he stayed long enough to see the company list on the public markets and become the largest player in social games.</p><p>Last year, he pulled back the curtain on his new venture, the mobile gaming startup Playco, which has already raised $100 million in Series A funding at a valuation above $1 billion.</p><p>Waldron's background has helped him score stakes in ultra-competitive&nbsp;funding&nbsp;rounds at Substack and Lambda School, for example.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>91. Jerry Neumann</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/6049179e9942cf001865d9f1-400-300/91-jerry-neumann.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing director, Neu Venture Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Clubhouse, Datadog, Scoot Science, Sila Money, The Trade Desk</p><p>Neumann started investing with his own money at the bottom of the last financial crisis, having previously started a company and run Omnicom's venture arm. He said his goal as an investor is to give clear feedback based on 25 years of helping people jump-start companies.</p><p>"I'm looking for people who feel driven to build what they are building and will work at learning all they can to make their idea real," Neumann said.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>90. Tim Kopp</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/604918599942cf001865d9f4-400-300/90-tim-kopp.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> CEO, Terminus; general partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Carmel, Indiana</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> DemandJump, Emplify, G2, Lessonly, Terminus</p><p>Hyde Park Venture Partners is one of the most active venture firms in the Great Lakes region, with partners in Chicago and Indianapolis scouring the middle of the country for hot deals.</p><p>These days, Kopp is working overtime as a partner and a startup executive. In 2019, Terminus, an enterprise marketing company, tapped the investor-director to take over as CEO.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>89. Drew Houston</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60491892f196be0018beea27-400-300/89-drew-houston.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and CEO, Dropbox</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Convoy, Cruise, Gem, Mixhalo, Triplebyte, Vurb</p><p>Dropbox is one of the most successful companies ever funded by Y Combinator, and now its cofounder and CEO is putting other entrepreneurs on the path to success as an angel investor.</p><p>Houston focuses on software-enabled businesses and has already nabbed an exit with the acquisition of Vurb, a recommendation-and-search app, by Snapchat for $100 million.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>88. Jerry Yang</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/604918d29942cf001865d9fc-400-300/88-jerry-yang.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and partner, AME Cloud Ventures</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Palo Alto, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> GrubMarket, Osaro, Rakuten Ready, Savioke, Zendrive</p><p>For his second act as a venture capitalist, Yang is focused on investing in data-driven companies.</p><p>Despite spending most of his career in consumer technology, Yang got interested in the "big data" space after Yahoo, the company he cofounded, made an investment in the Hadoop startup Hortonworks and he saw the massive potential of data-analytics technologies, Yang <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/why-jerry-yang-is-obsessed-with-data-analytics-2015-6">previously told Insider</a>.</p><p>Now his venture firm bets on companies building infrastructure and value chains around data.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>87. Haim Sadger</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6049195c9942cf001865d9ff-400-300/87-haim-sadger.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and partner, S Capital VC</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Tel Aviv, Israel</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Amobee, Capitolis, Contendo, Lemonade, Pecan, Solt, Wilocity</p><p>In 1999, Sequoia Capital hired Sadger to set up a subsidiary in Israel, where he had opened an office for Intel's investment arm. Through his efforts, Sequoia has become one of the most active venture firms in the country's startup ecosystem, according to <a href="https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/the-top-10-most-active-israeli-vcs">PitchBook data</a>.</p><p>Sadger, who also invests out of his own firm, S Capital, said there is no singular quality he looks for in a potential investment. Startups, he said, "do not come in one color or shape."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>86. Bill Tai</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/604919baf196be0018beea37-400-300/86-bill-tai.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Angel investor and founder, Actai Global</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Palo Alto, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Canva, Color, Dapper Labs, TweetDeck, Wish, Zoom</p><p>Tai said the most important quality he looks for in a founder is "great judgment."</p><p>The venture capitalist and kiteboarding enthusiast has also shown great judgment over three decades of investing. Tai says he was the <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-invest-b2b-unicorn-look-zooms-origins-first-philip-levinson/'trackingId=Pm8ziPj0Q4KCud0j7WUfBg%3D%3D">first investor</a> in Zoom, whose market cap has increased <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/12/zoom-plans-1point5-billion-share-sale-at-10-times-its-ipo-price.html">tenfold</a>, to $100 billion, since its initial public offering in 2019.</p><p>He's backed 23 early-stage companies that grew to become publicly traded, and he's continued to support founders by serving at times on eight public-company boards from his portfolio.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>85. Amish Jani</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60491a5c9942cf001865da08-400-300/85-amish-jani.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and managing director, FirstMark</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Bluecore, Bonusly, Guru, InVision, Optimus Ride, Starry</p><p>Jani cut his teeth at a <a href="https://dealbook.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/pequot-to-separate-its-vc-and-hedge-fund-units/">prominent hedge fund</a> before it spun out the venture arm into its own company, called FirstMark. He raised the first fund at the end of the last recession and, alongside his partner Rick Heitzmann, grew the firm into <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2020/06/16/firstmark-capital-announces-new-funds-with-a-fresh-650-million-in-investment-capital/">New York's</a> preeminent early-stage firm.</p><p>Now FirstMark has its own <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/12/why-are-vcs-launching-spacs-amish-jani-of-firstmark-shares-his-firms-rationale/">blank-check company</a> to buy a startup and take it public.</p><p>"We uniquely support and serve on the boards of companies from our entry at the seed all the way into the public markets," Jani said. "It's an incredible privilege to help businesses with the different range of challenges they face on that journey."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>84. Marc Andreessen</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60491ac1f196be0018beea3d-400-300/84-marc-andreessen.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and general partner, Andreessen Horowitz</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Menlo Park, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Asana, Business Insider, Pinterest, Slack, Skype</p><p>Andreessen's venture firm has shifted away from its almost exclusive focus on early-stage software deals, but it continues to invest in the best companies regardless of stage.</p><p>An inventor of the first widely used web browser, Andreessen serves on the board of companies including Applied Intuition, Carta, Dialpad, Facebook, and Samara.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>83. Alfred Lin</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60491baaf196be0018beea40-400-300/83-alfred-lin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Partner, Sequoia Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Menlo Park, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Airbnb, Appbistro, Faire, Jelli, OpenTable, Uber, Zipline</p><p>Before he became an investor, Lin was the highest-ranking executive at Zappos other than Tony Hsieh when it sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion. He left the online retailer to join Sequoia, where he is perhaps best known for persuading the firm to lead Airbnb's seed round.</p><p>Lin is an applied mathematician and statistician by training and <a href="https://www.sequoiacap.com/people/alfred-lin/">enjoys geeking out</a> on metrics.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>82. Chris Sacca</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/60491c27f196be0018beea44-400-300/82-chris-sacca.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Chairman and managing director, Lowercase Capital and Lowercarbon Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Jackson, Wyoming</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Instagram, Optimizely, Tala, Twilio, Twitter, Uber</p><p>Sacca has come out of <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/chris-sacca-retired-from-investing-heres-his-investment-philosophy-2017-4">retirement</a> to invest in companies that are saving the world, literally.</p><p>His new firm, Lowercarbon Capital, backs startups working to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. The clean-tech sector is expected to bloom this year as major corporations and governments pledge to lower their emissions and some turn to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/climate-tech-startups-to-watch-in-2021-according-to-vcs-2020-12">startups</a> for green solutions.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>81. Thomas Lehrman</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/60520992fe6a340019acf140-400-300/81-thomas-lehrman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing partner, Teamworthy Ventures</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Factual, Greenhouse Software, Grovo, Maven Clinic, Smarterer</p><p>Lehrman's path to venture investing was atypical. He started his career as a financial analyst but took a detour working in the State Department's group on weapons of mass destruction. He also spent three years at the helm of Gerson Lehrman Group, a consulting firm he cofounded.</p><p>Now Lehrman works shoulder-to-shoulder with founders building software companies.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>80. Jonah Goodhart</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/604924f29942cf001865da51-400-300/80-jonah-goodhart.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder, WGI Group; cofounder and CEO, Moat</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Beeswax, Clay Software, David Energy, Memo, mParticle, SafeGraph, Saturn</p><p>Goodhart is well known as the first investor in Right Media, an ads business that sold to Yahoo for $680 million in 2007. The monster exit gave him the personal funds to seed an investment fund started with his brother, Noah Goodhart, and the founder and CEO of Right Media, Michael Walrath. Together, they've invested in more than 60 internet companies.</p><p>Goodhart said the most important quality he looks for in an investment is "the right culture."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>79. Ali Partovi</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/604927edf196be0018beeaa1-400-300/79-ali-partovi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and CEO, Neo</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Clara Foods, Convoy, DeepScale, Nervana, VigLink</p><p>Partovi's Neo is a community of tech leaders who offer mentorship to brilliant young engineers, in the hopes that they will someday build their own transformational technologies. In 2018, the company raised a debut fund totaling $80 million to back those future entrepreneurs.</p><p>Before Neo, Partovi cofounded the internet ad business LinkExchange, which he sold to Microsoft.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>78. Jeff Kearl</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/604928399942cf001865da76-400-300/78-jeff-kearl.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing director, Pelion Venture Partners</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Clemente, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Away, Domo, Dynamic Signal, Just Water, Omniture, Skullcandy</p><p>Kearl is a strategic investor for any consumer business because of his domain expertise. He turned socks into a <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/09/the-strategy-stance-used-to-raise-86-million-to-sell-socks.html">global retail empire</a> with his company Stance, last valued at $400 million.</p><p>In 2019, Kearl left Stance to pursue investing full time at Pelion Venture Partners, where he <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/14/pelion-venture-partners-adds-jeff-kearl-as-a-managing-director-opens-southern-california-presence/">opened an office</a> near Los Angeles and now scours the area for the coolest startups.</p><p>"I try to be the investor I always wanted when I was an entrepreneur," Kearl said.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>77. Amitt Mahajan</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60492907f196be0018beeaad-400-300/77-amitt-mahajan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and managing partner, Presence Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Airtable, Carnivore, Hipmunk, Luxe, UploadVR</p><p>Mahajan is the ultimate investor for a gaming founder who wants industry experts at the table.</p><p>In 2009, he sold his company to Zynga, and its software laid the foundation for Farmville. He stayed on for two years, becoming a director of engineering and then the chief technical officer for Zynga Japan.</p><p>Mahajan worked at three more startups before setting aside his entrepreneurial pursuits to become a full-time investor focused on virtual-reality and augmented-reality companies.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>76. Steve Anderson</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60492953f196be0018beeab0-400-300/76-steve-anderson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and partner, Baseline Ventures</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Apiary, Dishcraft Robotics, Dusty Robotics, Instagram, Path</p><p>Anderson is known as a "one-man deal machine." The first investor in Instagram, he had a 12% ownership stake in the photo app when it sold to Facebook for $1 billion. Since then, Anderson has crafted his one-partner venture firm into one of the most successful investment companies.</p><p>Before Baseline, Anderson was a partner at Kleiner Perkins and a senior director at Microsoft.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>75. Eytan Elbaz</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/604b75cdfea127001886a666-400-300/75-eytan-elbaz.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and chief strategy officer, Social Native</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Los Angeles</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Anduril, AppOnboard, Climate Corporation, FabFitFun, Ordermark</p><p>Before he was an investor, Elbaz and his brother, Gil, built a company they later sold to Google that laid the groundwork for Google AdSense, which helps websites earn money on ads.</p><p>Elbaz is also a <a href="https://www.builtinla.com/2017/03/30/entrepreneur-eytan-elbaz-scopely-render-media">seed investor</a> in two other companies he helped start: Scopely, a mobile-games company, and Social Native, a marketplace for brands to discover content creators.</p><p>Elbaz's advice for aspiring investors at the seed stage is to "invest in industries you understand well" and to "make sure you love the founder much or more than the business itself."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>74. Max Levchin</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5ea6ea635bd7a572ae536114-400-300/74-max-levchin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and CEO, Affirm</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> ClearTax, SmartThings, Vurb, WePay, Zendrive</p><p>Levchin is a member of the "PayPal Mafia," a group of famous founders who all worked at the payments company. Now he's using his wealth to give others a shot at building their own successful businesses. The newly minted <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/the-colorful-life-and-career-of-affirms-max-levchin-2021-1">billionaire</a> invests at all stages, but <a href="https://www.cbinsights.com/investor/max-levchin">Levchin's sweet spot</a> is seed-stage companies in consumer internet, payments, security, and marketplaces.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>73. David Beisel</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60492a79f196be0018beeab6-400-300/73-david-beisel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and partner, NextView Ventures</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Boston</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Attentive, The Nudge, Parsec, ThredUp, TripleLift</p><p>Beisel has spent his career focused on early-stage internet startups. He started an email-marketing company during the dot-com era that sold to About.com in 2002.</p><p>He became an investor focused on the early days of company-building because, he said, "I just love the beginning and want to be a part of it over and over again."</p><p>"Previously a founder myself, I see my primary role as a true thought partner to help entrepreneurs find product-market fit," he said.</p><p>At NextView Ventures, he leads or coleads only two or three deals a year, according to the <a href="https://nextviewventures.com/approach/">firm's website</a>, ensuring a hands-on approach in every company he's invested in.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>72. Naval Ravikant</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60492aa1f196be0018beeab7-400-300/72-naval-ravikant.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and chairman, AngelList</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> ClearTax, Optimizely, Postmates, Uber, Wish</p><p>Ravikant is a prolific early-stage investor with over <a href="https://angel.co/p/naval">150 investments</a>, including more than a few with valuations above $1 billion. Still, his greatest contribution to the ecosystem is starting AngelList, a website that connects companies that need funding with individual investors.</p><p>The website has been <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/3027305/naval-ravikants-angellist">credited</a> with removing the friction for angel investors to find and get into deals.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>71. Garry Tan</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6050d41c3c6489001943b5e4-400-300/71-garry-tan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and managing partner, Initialized Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Coinbase, Flexport, Instacart, Patreon, Standard</p><p>Initialized Capital is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the seed-stage investing arena, in large part thanks to Tan, a designer, engineer, and founder turned investor.</p><p>He's well known for writing the first check to Coinbase. When the startup's founders needed more working capital in the early days, he <a href="https://blog.initialized.com/2020/12/spotting-coinbase/">wrote to investors</a> to raise the Series A.</p><p>Tan's advice for people looking to break into seed-stage investing is to identify "great builders."</p><p>"You can tell a lot more about whether someone is a good engineer and designer by trying and using their product than you can by looking at their r&eacute;sum&eacute;," Tan said.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>70. Morgan Flager</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60492b459942cf001865da87-400-300/70-morgan-flager.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing partner, Silverton Partners</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Austin, Texas</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Aceable, Convey, SourceDay, TrendKite, Wheel</p><p>Flager joined Silverton Partners, an early-stage venture firm based in Austin, as a principal and has climbed the ranks over the past decade to become a managing partner.</p><p>He's focused on investments in clean tech, consumer, mobile, and enterprise software, and his portfolio reveals a bias for companies headquartered in the booming tech hub of Austin.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>69. Aileen Lee</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60492bc59942cf001865da8c-400-300/7-aileen-lee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and managing partner, Cowboy Ventures</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Palo Alto, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> August Home, Dollar Shave Club, Drop, Rent the Runway, Rise</p><p>After 13 years at Kleiner Perkins, Lee started her own firm in 2012 so she could spend less time on partner meetings and politics and <a href="https://www.startupgrind.com/blog/vc-corner-aileen-lee-of-cowboy-ventures/">more time</a> working shoulder to shoulder with founders.</p><p>Cowboy Ventures, which has $195 million in assets under management, according to PitchBook data, is widely considered one of the first women-founded venture firms. The firm <a href="https://www.cowboy.vc/faq">prefers to lead</a> or colead seed rounds up to $5 million for software-powered tech companies.</p><p>Lee is also a cofounder of <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/all-raise-sequoia-ggv-other-vcs-launch-diversity-program-xcelerate-2021-2">AllRaise</a>, a nonprofit organization focused on <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/30/technology/women-tech-allraise.html">adding more female investors</a> to the ecosystem and accelerating the success of female founders.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>68. Chip Hazard</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60492c8df196be0018beeaea-400-300/68-chip-hazard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and general partner, Flybridge</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Apostrophe, Feature Labs, Firebase, MongoDB, Redox, Scitara, StackHawk, Stormpath</p><p>Hazard &mdash; the venture investor, not to be confused with the <a href="https://hazardlights.net/about/">cartoon villain</a> of the same name &mdash; was a general partner at Greylock who left in 2002 to spin up his own venture fund, Flybridge.</p><p>He knows the importance of partnering with founders early. "Seed-stage company-building is all about getting the foundation right," Hazard said &mdash; everything from the team to the go-to-market strategy.</p><p>He also cuts checks out of <a href="https://www.xfactor.ventures/">XFactor Ventures</a>, a Flybridge fund focused on investing in female founders and mixed-gender teams "attacking billion-dollar market opportunities."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>67. Benjamin Ling</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/604abfbb9942cf001865df17-400-300/67-benjamin-ling.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> General partner, Bling Capital</p><p><strong>Location:</strong> Miami</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments: </strong>GitLab, PagerDuty, Rippling, Sprout Therapy, Tempo, Udemy, Webflow</p><p>Ling is a founding general partner at Bling Capital, a VC firm focused on seed and Series A investments.</p><p>Previously, he was a general partner at Khosla Ventures, where he led investments in Wattpad, Tapingo, GitLab, TrueAccord, Webflow, and many others.</p><p>Ling has served in senior operating roles at Google, YouTube, and Facebook. He also is an active angel investor with early stakes in Airtable, Lyft, Square, Palantir, Quora, Gusto, Udemy, and others.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>66. Ashmeet Sidana</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/604abfa3f196be0018bef03e-400-300/66-ashmeet-sidana.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Chief engineer, Engineering Capital</p><p><strong>Location:</strong> Menlo Park, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Auditoria, Azure Power, Kentik, Menlo Security, Robust Intelligence, SignalFx</p><p>Sidana is the chief engineer of Engineering Capital, a seed-stage VC firm for engineers. His previous investments include Palerra, which was acquired by Oracle; FreeWheel, which was acquired by Comcast; Appurify, which was acquired by Google; and PrivateCore, which was acquired by Facebook.</p><p>"I specialize in being the first investor in companies taking technical risk as compared to traditional VCs who focus mainly on market risk/traction," Sidana told Insider.</p><p>Earlier in his career, Sidana worked at VMware, where he ran product management, and at Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics as an engineer.</p><p>"Venture is a business that is simple but not easy," he said. "There is no hidden secret to making great investments &mdash; invest in large markets, great founders, breakthrough technologies."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>65. Kaitlyn Doyle</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/604abf8df196be0018bef03d-400-300/6-kaitlyn-doyle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Investor, TechNexus Venture Collaborative</p><p><strong>Location:</strong> Chicago</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Catalyst OrthoScience, MarginEdge, The Mom Project, The Renewal Workshop, ShotTracker</p><p>As the director of "venturing" at TechNexus Venture Collaborative, Doyle assists in sourcing, due diligence, post-investment collaboration, deal syndication, and venture operations.</p><p>Before TechNexus, Doyle was an early employee at IrishAngels, an angel network affiliated with Notre Dame. She helped to grow the network to over 200 individual investors and 30-plus investments.</p><p>A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Doyle specializes in finance and entrepreneurship. Outside work, she can be found running on the Lake Shore path, reading a new book, or playing with her golden retriever.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>64. Leo Polovets</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/604abf7cf196be0018bef03c-400-300/64-leo-polovets.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> General partner, Susa Ventures; software engineer</p><p><strong>Location:</strong> Portland, Oregon</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Outlier, Pex, Scalyr, and Stedi</p><p>Polovets has led the Susa Ventures' investments in dozens of companies, including Outlier, Pex, Scalyr, and Stedi.</p><p>Before Susa, Polovets was the second engineering hire at LinkedIn, where he helped to build the first versions of products like Jobs and Groups. Earlier in his career, he was a software engineer at Google.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>63. Jeff Seibert</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/604ac2c29942cf001865df18-400-300/63-jeff-seibert.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder, Digits</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Desktop Metal, Gusto, Notarize, Opendoor</p><p>As an angel investor, Seibert has invested in over 50 startups, including Planet Labs, Opendoor, and SoFi.</p><p>"I've found that most early-stage companies generally need help in a few key areas: shaping their initial product, plotting their Series A funding, and evaluating potential M&amp;A opportunities. So I tend to dive deep with the founders when they're focused on those topics," Seibert told Insider.</p><p>"Seed investing is all about getting access to the right deals before anyone else notices, before anyone else knows what's up, and before the founders have proven enough to become an obvious investment opportunity," Seibert said.</p><p>He previously served as Twitter's head of consumer product, leading its product efforts across iOS, Android, and the web, as well as its developer and data platforms.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>62. Adrian Aoun</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6050d4d13c6489001943b5e9-400-300/62-adrian-aoun.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and CEO, Forward.</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> ClassPass, Convoy, Everlane, Modern Health, Opendoor, Pinterest, Wish</p><p>As the founder and CEO of Forward, Aoun has made it his mission to help personalize healthcare through AI technology. Along his path working in healthcare and at Google, Aoun has been an active angel investor in companies such as Everlane, Pinterest, and Clara Health. But at his core, Aoun is an operator.</p><p>"Unlike professional investors who potentially haven't operated in decades, I like to be hands-on and as involved as the company would like me to be," Aoun told Insider.</p><p>"I'm also very technical. I love to focus and get involved in a company's most pivotal moments &mdash; a strategic hire, fundraise, or big product decision &mdash; all of which are pivotal moments that can take a company's direction in one of many ways," Aoun said.</p><p>In 2015, he was involved with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>61. Mitchel Laskey</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/604abf06f196be0018bef03b-400-300/61-mitchel-laskey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounder and managing partner, DeepWork Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Orlando, Florida</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> AireHealth, Homee, Streann Media</p><p>Laskey is the cofounder and managing general partner of DeepWork Capital, an early-stage VC firm managing funds that invest in high-growth companies in the technology or life-science sectors.</p><p>He is also on the board of directors of Cogent Bank and was a cofounder of CNLBank, which was acquired by Valley National Bancorp in 2015.</p><p>Laskey's <a href="https://www.deepworkcapital.com/mitchel-laskey">bio on DeepWork's website</a> says he enjoys Peloton competition, golfing, skiing, and spending time with his four grandchildren.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>60. Lauren DeLuca</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/604ac56a9942cf001865df1a-400-300/60-lauren-deluca.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and managing partner, Motivate Venture Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Chicago</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Chime, Conservation Labs, Gatsby, Home Chef, Popular Pays, TradingView</p><p>DeLuca cofounded Motivate Venture Capital with David Wieland in 2019, a $43 million fund. It invests in early-stage fintech, HR-tech, and ed-tech startups.</p><p>DeLuca was a managing partner at Lakepoint Ventures for 14 years, having invested in Chime, TradingView, and Home Chef.</p><p>DeLuca told Insider that his best advice for an aspiring investor who wants to break into seed funding is to "understand your precise value-add and be honest about it."</p><p>"Then work your tail off to deliver on commitments," he continued. "That will make you invaluable to startups and co-investors alike, which will invariably beget more investment opportunities for you."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>59. Jeremy Yap</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/604ac69cf196be0018bef047-400-300/59-jeremy-yap.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Board advisor, TravelBank</p><p><strong>City:</strong> London</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Amino Apps, Azimo, Maven Clinic, Meero, Monzo</p><p>Yap is an accomplished angel investor whose investments span companies in Europe, Israel, and North America. Among them are Citymapper, Monzo, Maven Clinic, and GoTenna. He previously held positions at Merrill Lynch and was a lieutenant in the Singapore Armed Forces.</p><p>Yap is also a board member of AgSquared, is an advisor for Golden Gate Ventures, and is on the advisory board for Cendana Capital.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>58. Mike Dodd</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/604ac43bf196be0018bef045-400-300/58-mike-dodd.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> General partner, Silverton Partners</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Austin, Texas</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Apprentice.io, Billie, Figg, Kazoo, Khoros, Liquidity Services, MapMyFitness, Ontic, Restream</p><p>As a general partner of Silverton Partners, Dodd has focused his investments on tech startups, which he's had experience with for over 20 years. Before Silverton, Dodd was a partner at Austin Ventures, where he also focused on tech startups in the enterprise and consumer spaces.</p><p>"Persistence, curiosity, and determination are the most important qualities I look for in an early-stage founder," Dodd told Insider. "Rarely do they get it exactly right the first time, so they have to be persistent. Strong curiosity pushes them to be a student of markets and business models, which will likely be needed to evolve their company. And determination almost to the point of absurdity is often necessary to make a startup work."</p><p>Dodd also serves as a board member for companies such as Ontic Technologies, Claravine, and Apprentice.io.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>57. David Tisch</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/604abeb8f196be0018bef03a-400-300/57-david-tisch.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing partner, BoxGroup</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Airtable, Blue Apron, Flatiron Health, Kustomer, PillPack, Plaid, Ramp, RigUp, Ro, Scopely</p><p>Tisch is the managing partner of BoxGroup, a seed-stage venture-capital firm that has invested in over 250 companies such as Blue Apron, Warby Parker, Clubhouse, and Glossier. Investing runs in Tisch's family &mdash; his grandfather, Laurence Tisch, was a longtime Wall Street investor and part owner of Loews Corp.</p><p>Tisch also is a cofounder of the accelerator program TechStars NYC and the chairman of Good Dog, an app for people to connect with dog breeders and shelters.</p><p>"We look for wildly ambitious founders who have a unique insight into a market they get us excited about," Tisch said. "We seek founders who we can envision inspiring great people to join their company and help build the vision. Determination and ambition are the most important qualities a founder can have early on."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>56. Henry McNamara</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/604bb8defea127001886a806-400-300/56-henry-mcnamara.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Partner, Great Oaks Venture Capital</p><p><strong>City:</strong> New York</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Allbirds, Bolt, EquipmentShare, Fetch Rewards, Maven Clinic, RigUp, Vise</p><p>In just eight years at Great Oaks Venture Capital, McNamara has risen from analyst to principal to partner. McNamara's investments with Great Oaks have ranged from finance (Acorns) to healthcare (Virta Health) to retail (Allbirds).</p><p>McNamara said that the most important quality he looks for in a seed-stage startup founder is persistence.</p><p>"Inevitably there will be many dead ends, nos, disappointments, speed bumps, and challenges for any founder," he said.</p><p>"In order to break through, founders must not be deterred by rejection or long odds. Persistence is a necessary ingredient to be a founder," McNamara said. "Starting a company is not for the faint of heart!"</p><p>He is also a board member of Runway for Recovery, a nonprofit support fund for families affected by breast cancer.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>55. Ann Miura-Ko</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/604a2410f196be0018beecc9-400-300/5-ann-miura-ko.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Cofounding partner, Floodgate</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Palo Alto, California</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Bot MD, Lyft, Merlin Labs, ModCloth, Refinery29, Thinkful</p><p>As the cofounding partner of the seed-stage VC firm Floodgate, Miura-Ko has focused her investments in innovative companies in the e-commerce, radical-science, and big-data industries.</p><p>Miura-Ko's passion for technology started in her childhood, when her father was a rocket scientist at NASA, and continued as she studied at Yale, where she took part in robotics competitions around the world.</p><p>She is also a cosponsor of AI Grant, a nonprofit that funds work on open-source AI-technology research.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>54. Deborah Quazzo</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/604baa6a10c8760018b92f7b-400-300/4-deborah-quazzo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing partner, GSV Ventures</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Andela, BookClub, Chalk Talk Solutions, Fiveable, GoPeer, Gradescope, QuillBot</p><p>GSV Ventures, led by Quazzo, has focused on investments in companies in educational tech, an industry that has thrived during the past year as virtual learning took the place of in-person classes.</p><p>"As a sector investor, namely in ed tech, I try to be very hands-on with seed-stage entrepreneurs, whether it's testing go-to-market ideas or helping them secure initial customers or anticipating unexpected friction in the education sector," Quazzo told Insider. "I/we look for the five P's in a startup and startup founder: people, product, potential, predictability, and purpose."</p><p>In March, Quazzo and GSV announced that they had raised their second fund for $180 million to target more ed-tech startups.</p><p>Quazzo also is the cofounder of the ASU GSV Summit, a yearly seminar on education innovation.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>53. Jishnu Bhattacharjee</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6050cfe8fe6a340019acee39-400-300/53-jishnu-bhattacharjee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing director, Nexus Venture Partners</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> H2O.ai, Okera, Postman, Squadcast, Unmetric, WootCloud</p><p>Bhattacharjee is the managing director at Nexus Venture Partners. He was previously a founding team member at Scintera Networks, which sold to Maxim Integrated Products in 2014.</p><p>He has invested in companies like the enterprise startup H2O.ai, the data company Okera, and the developer platform Postman.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>52. Gale Wilkinson</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/604ac70d9942cf001865df1c-400-300/52-gale-wilkinson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Managing partner, Vitalize Venture Group</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Chicago</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Alembic, Chime, Catalyst OrthoScience, The Mom Project, TradingView</p><p>Wilkinson is the managing partner at Vitalize Venture Group, which runs two funding arms, VitalizeVC, a $16 million fund focused on scalable software companies, and IrishAngels, an angel network of 270 investors focused on B2B and B2C.</p><p><strong>Read: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/gale-wilkinson-vitalizevc-founder-friendly-approach-to-investing-2021-4">Top seed investor Gale Wilkinson says her past failures as a founder help her coach her startups to succeed</a></strong></p><p>Wilkinson's group, which she founded in 2012, has invested in over 70 companies and deployed $10 million each year. She is also a Kauffman fellow, helping to coach and mentor leaders in VC.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>51. Ilya Fushman</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/604a4a509942cf001865dd02-400-300/51-ilya-fushman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Partner, Kleiner Perkins</p><p><strong>City:</strong> San Francisco</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> Fountain, Labelbox, Nova Credit, Productboard, Uberflip</p><p>Fushman grew up in four countries: Russia (the USSR at the time), Israel, Germany, and the US. It taught him a few lessons about venture.</p><p>"Building companies isn't dissimilar to taking immigration-scale risks," he's quoted as saying <a href="https://www.kleinerperkins.com/people/ilya-fushman/">on Kleiner Perkins' website</a>. "It's all about a leap of faith, starting fresh, and the willingness to go all in on your ideas."</p><p>Fushman is now a partner at Kleiner Perkins. He was previously a general partner at Index Ventures and the head of product at Dropbox.</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>50. Ed Sim</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/604b905bfea127001886a6fa-400-300/50-ed-sim.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Title:</strong> Founder and managing partner, Boldstart Ventures</p><p><strong>City:</strong> Montclair, New Jersey</p><p><strong>Notable seed investments:</strong> BigID, Front, Kustomer, SecurityScorecard, Snyk, Superhuman</p><p>Sim is the founder and managing partner of Boldstart Ventures, an early-stage firm investing in enterprise and software-as-a-service startups.</p><p>He said that creating technologies in SaaS can be incredibly difficult, so he tries to be a cheerleader for founders when things get hard.</p><p>"Founders need a true believer in their corner to cheer them in the tough times, challenge them in the best, and chill when they need to get work done," Sim said. "The emotional aspects of the founder journey are just as important as the technical ones."</p><p><a href="#seed-100">Back to table</a></p></p><br/><br/><h3>49. Stuart Ellman</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/604a3ca69942cf001865dcb0-400-300/49-stuart-ellman.jpg&q
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