VC 100: The Top Investors in Early-Stage Startups

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Welcome to the Entrepreneur VC 100 list of top early-stage venture capital firms — a platform highlighting the who’s who of the U.S. startup ecosystem.

The ranking is based on data from PitchBook, a Seattle-based data and tech provider for the global private equity and venture capital markets. The firms are listed by total capital invested in seed and/or early-stage deals completed in the U.S.

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The 100 leaders accelerating the companies of tomorrow


Accelerators are the programs that propel many startups to success using a combination of mentoring, experience and capital; who are the 100 most influential leaders in this field?


One of the most common features of the tech landscape today is the startup accelerator.
There are over 200 separate programs in the US alone.
The model encompasses mentorship, funding, access to a network of other entrepreneurs, and a space for entrepreneurs and their ideas to mature in safe surroundings.

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How do you connect startups with brands?

Brands and Star-ups

When I kicked off my conference business to bring thought leaders together onto one stage to discuss the convergence of social, location, and mobile, I knew we were just scratching the surface. Through Social-Loco and Mobile-Loco I have watched startups and big companies take the stage and make their predictions about where the market would go. Over the years, I saw more brands, agencies, and retailers attend the events and engage with startups.

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What Corporate Incubators and Accelerators Mean for Your Business


With a host of companies under his belt, serial entrepreneur Rich Schmelzer launched his latest company, Boulder, Colo.-based GeoPalz, pretty much the only way he knew how. He bootstrapped.

But then a funny thing happened: Schmelzer met the Swoosh.

Yes, that Swoosh–Nike. Schmelzer’s company makes the iBitz, a personal activity monitor for kids. And late last year, when Nike announced it was launching a special accelerator for startups developing high-tech solutions that could leverage the Nike+ platform, it was serendipity.

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MBA or Accelerator: What’s Right for an Aspiring Entrepreneur?


The benefits of an MBA program:

1. An MBA will provide you with the knowledge you need to get your business started and help prevent some silly mistakes that other beginning entrepreneurs make.

2. When pursuing an MBA you are provided access to the university’s resources, programs, talent pool and alumni networks.

3. The total experience will help you establish a baseline of business credibility with potential customers, partners and investors.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask for an Accelerator Startup


Dying to be the next Dropbox or Airbnb to emerge from a rock star startup accelerator? Get in line. The market for early stage funding for hot startup brainchildren is bursting at the seams.

If you hook up with the right accelerator, you could tap into a wealth of vital resources to get your business idea off the ground, including the capital to take your idea from concept to product to launch.

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How and Why Startups, Corporations Can Work Together

social CANDY 03IN AN ACQUISITION-HAPPY environment, many in the tech world believe that corporations and startups can’t form mutually beneficial relationships without one ultimately buying out the other. In fact, startups that are adamant on keeping their identity and building their own reputation are often reluctant to partner with larger, more established companies. But startups shouldn’t feel like they are “selling out” by teaming up with bigger companies, and corporations shouldn’t feel wary of startup culture not jiving with company ethos.

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Fujitsu Establishes New Corporate Venture Fund

Fujitsu is accelerating collaboration with ventures worldwide to enhance business in areas of innovation



Fujitsu has announced that it is establishing a new corporate venture fund to strengthen collaboration with new ventures and further enhance its services in the fields of business innovation and social innovation, which form the pillars of the company’s growth strategy. Fujitsu established its first corporate venture fund in 2006 to collaborate with promising ventures in Japan and around the world, and the new fund will further strengthen these activities.

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