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Want to Get Acquired by Google? 11 Venture Capital Firms You Should Get Funded By




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For some startups, getting acquired by Google represents the right exit opportunity.  And based on Google’s 2010 acquisition pace (24 acquisitions already in 2010) the search behemoth is eager to get their hands on promising technology companies and talent.  By a large margin, 2010 has been Google’s most active year for M&A in the last decade.

So how do you increase your chances of getting on Google’s radar?  Well, you probably want to build something they’d want (that was obvious and easier said than done).  But does getting funded by certain venture capital firms improve your chances as well?  The reality is that 75% of Google’s acquisitions over the last five years have been venture capital and/or angel-investor financed and so having the right funding partner has the potential to improve your chances of getting acquired by Google.

Here’s a list and some facts about venture capital firms which have successfully sold multiple companies in their portfolio to Google between 2006-2010.  Getting funding from any of these firms won’t be a walk in the park either, but as a famous American hero once said, “knowing is half the battle.”

Of course, before you consider pitching any of these venture capitalists or taking a check from them, we always recommend you conduct investor reverse due diligence.

Sequoia Capital

  • What does Sequoia Capital invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment for Sequoia Capital, about  1/3 of Sequoia Capital’s investments are in the Internet sector, about 18% in Mobile & Telecommunication and bit more than 10% in Software(non-internet/mobile) sector.
  • Related Links: Sequoia Capital’s Portfolio , Sequoia Capital’s Team

If you are a startup seeking funding, try the Funding Recommendation Engine (FRE) to see if our algorithm matches your startup with any of these venture capital firms.  It’s free and takes 5 minutes so you have nothing to lose and a list of potential investors to gain.  Learn more about the FRE here.

Y Combinator

  • What does Y Combinator invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment for Y Combinator, about 85% of Y Combinator’s investments are in the Internet sector with the remainder being primarily in the mobile & telecommunication and software (non-internet/mobile) sectors.
  • Related Links: Y Combinator’s Portfolio , Y Combinator’s Team
  • Debate – Is Y Combinator the equivalent of a micro-venture capital firm?  We’ve heard the term seed accelerator or incubator in reference to Y Combinator most frequently, but the firm makes very small investments in a variety of startups.  Irrespective of what you want to call it, Y Combinator’s portfolio companies have seen success getting acquired by Google so we feel they belong on the list.

Draper Fisher Jurvetson

  • What does Draper Fisher Jurvetson invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment for Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the firm is extremely diversified across multiple sectors.  About a 1/3 of Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s investments are in the Internet sector with Mobile & Telecommunication and  Software (non-internet/mobile sector) each making up about 10% of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson portfolio.
  • Related Links: Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s Portfolio, Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s Team

Harrison Metal

August Capital

  • What does August Capital Invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment for August Capital, the firm has exposure to a wide variety of sectors.  About one third of August Capitals investments are in the Internet sector. The Electronics and Software (non-internet/mobile) sectors together represent about 35% of the portfolio.
  • Related Links: August Capital’s Portfolio, August Capital’s Team

Baseline Ventures

Bay Partners

  • What does Bay Partners’ Invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment for Bay Partners, about a third of all Bay Partners’ investments are in the Internet sector. Of the remaining two thirds more than half the investments are focused in Software(non-internet/mobile) and Mobile & Telecommunication.
  • Related Links: Bay Partners’ Portfolio, Bay Partners’ Team

Benchmark Capital

  • What does Benchmark Capital invest in? In terms of major sectors of investments for Benchmark Capital, almost half of all investments made by Benchmark Capital are in the Internet sector.  Software(non-internet/mobile) comprise 20%  of the portfolio followed by investments in the Mobile & Telecommunication sector.
  • Related Link: Benchmark Capital’s Portfolio, Benchmark Capital’s Team

BlueRun Ventures

  • What does BlueRun Ventures invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment, about one third of all investments made by Blue Run Ventures are in the Internet sector. Coming in second with 25% of investments is the Mobile & Telecommunications sector followed by 20% in the Electronics sector.
  • Related Link: BlueRun Ventures’ Portfolio, BlueRun Ventures’ Team

First Round Capital

  • What does First Round Capital invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment for First Round Capital,  the vast majority (nearly 80%) of all First Round Capital’s investments are in the Internet sector.  Mobile & Telecom and Software (non-internet/mobile) sectors account for about 10% and 5%, respectively.
  • Related Link: First Round Capital’s Portfolio, First Round Capital’s Team

Mayfield Fund

  • What does Mayfield Fund Invest in? In terms of major sectors of investment for Mayfield, about 30% of Mayfield Fund’s investments are focused on the Internet sector, 22% are focused on Mobile&Telecommunication and about 15% are focused on Software(non-internet/mobile) sector.
  • Related Link: Mayfield Fund’s Portfolio, Mayfield Fund’s Team
Sequoia Capital
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