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We expect that this list of 118 will change over time as new entrants emerge and gain prominence and others falter and get removed.  If you believe someone should be added, please leave a comment with your rationale.

 Navigating the Periodic Table

The table focuses on eight different investor types as follows (from left to right). They were selected based on a combination of factors including historical exits, network strength, reputation/brand prominence and deal activity. Many of these criteria are considered as part of our Investor Mosaic scoring algorithms.

Venture capital firms

Venture capital firms included make venture equity investments across the stage spectrum and geographies focusing on high-growth opportunities in tech and have received significant LP commitments to date ($200M to well over $1B+).

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Corporate venture capital firms

Corporate VCs included have separately identifiable corporate venture units and made over 80% of their investments into tech categories, i.e., internet, mobile, software, hardware/electronics). Corporate-affiliated funds with LP commitments such as SAP Ventures are not included here (but are part of the VC category).

Related research: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Corporate Venture Capital Investors in Tech


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Growth/late-stage firms

Growth and late-stage investment firms focus on growth-stage companies with established revenue typically in the tens of millions and/or a record of significant traction. Some, but not all, growth investors are part of firms that also have funds investing in the public markets.

Micro VC firms

Tech micro VCs are those with funds ?$100M and which have made 80%+ of investments at the early-stage (seed/Series A).

Related research: Micro VC Rising: Analyzing Trends and the Top Investors in the Micro VC Ecosystem

Angel investment groups

Angel groups often bridge the gap between angel investment and institutional VC, providing either a managed fund or direct investment from angel group members.

Related research: Ranking Angel Investment Groups


Angel investors are, often, wealthy individuals who offer early-stage capital, advice and networks to startups in exchange for equity or convertible debt.

Related research: We Analyzed 2000 Angel Investors. Here are the Top 1%

Accelerators/venture studios/holding companies

Accelerators and startup venture studios typically offer some combination of equity investment, mentorship and resources around company development. We’ve previously taken deep dives into the investment activity of Y Combinator and Rocket Internet.

Tech acquirers

Public tech corporations acquiring private tech companies for business growth, sales expansion, new technologies and/or talent. Acquirers selected were based on overall M&A activity of private tech companies as well as M&A momentum based on deal pace.

Related research: Analyzing Tech’s Top Acquirers by Year

Again, if you believe someone should be added, please leave a comment below with your rationale.

Want to track the activity of these 118 key players of the tech ecosystem ? Check out the CB Insights Venture Capital Database. Sign up free below.



Want to know more about Colorado’s Tech Community?

Attend RVC’s Investing In Tech event, Tuesday January 13, 2015  5:00-7:30 PM at the Denver Chamber of Commerce Building, hosted by the SBDC, Denver Metro Small Business Development Center 

1445 Market Street, Denver, CO 8020

Investing In Technology Companies

January 2015

RVC is always surprised when people think all RVC invests in is tech.  They must have missed Life Science Night, Natural Food and Beverage, Impact Investing, Oil & Gas, etc!
The fact is that Colorado is strong in tech and that tech has the ability to scale big and fast – just what venture investors need.


Event Sponsor: Denver Metro SBDC


——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————Venture Capital For DummiesPeter Adams is co-author of Venture Capital for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons. 2013)  available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your local book store.  Peter serves as the Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club, America’s oldest angel investing group. RVC is a non-profit organization furthering economic development  whose companies raised over $23 million in the past year. RVC’s connects investors and entrepreneurs through conferences (Angel Capital Summit and Colorado Capital Conference), networking events, angel investing educational offerings and facilitation of Colorado’s largest angel investor groups. Peter is the founder of the Biz Girls CEO Development Program for high school age girls and is an Adjunct Professor in the Colorado State University EMBA program. Peter holds a BA Degree from Colorado College, PhD/ABD from University of Colorado and an MBA from Regis University.



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