Venture capital specialists.
Our experience and longevity give us a valuable and time-tested perspective on this complex industry. We have lived through boom and bust cycles, and we are a committed venture capital investor.
As well-networked, data-driven leaders in this niche industry, we can spot emerging trends—and new managers—early.
We work collaboratively and transparently, often sharing information to help our investors achieve superior venture-capital returns and enhance their allocation to the private equity asset class.
A cohesive team.
Our culture is one of hard work, creativity and true teamwork. All of us work together seeking to deliver superior returns and exceptional client service.
Top Tier Capital Partners, LLC (TTCP) is a venture capital specialist managing niche-focused funds of funds. We make primary and secondary investments in venture capital funds and co-invest in select portfolio companies. Our team creates diverse portfolios that are built to spot emerging trends early and to deliver optimal venture returns.
Our value-add lies in our experience, deep networks, industry insights and superior client service. We work collaboratively with our investors to help them build their private equity investment programs, and we partner closely with our managers to offer thoughtful, hands-on counsel. Our team has extensive experience in deal sourcing, due diligence, performance analysis, legal terms negotiation, investment monitoring and reporting. We seek long-lasting, open relationships that begin, not end, with the investment.
The private equity marketplace—in particular the niche world of venture capital—is a complex sector that requires seasoned hands to navigate. Top Tier’s experienced professionals have the skills, personal networks and judgment to locate the highest-quality and most creative opportunities.
Our team focuses on venture capital and growth capital by making primary investments with proven managers. We also make targeted secondary purchases and co-investments with proven managers where our team has experience and first hand information. Through these diversified programs, we seek to give our investors a portfolio that is superior to what might otherwise be available to them.
We strive to maintain an extremely high level of interaction with our investors. We seek to align our interests with those of our investors and firmly believe that our role is not only to share information about the portfolios we are building, but also to share insights about key industry developments and trends.
Our investors include public and private pensions, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments and family offices, each of whom has distinct investment objectives.
Top Tier Capital Partners maintains a robust compliance program to meet its fiduciary duties to its client funds and their underlying investors and to ensure adherence to applicable regulations. The firm is registered as an investment adviser with the SEC.
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The Top Tier name reflects the achievements of our established series of investment funds—the Top Tier family of venture capital funds of funds—which has raised more than $3.3 billion from investors since inception. The name also reflects our dedication to consistently remain a cut above.
The firm’s history can be traced to 1991, when Philip Paul founded Paul Capital Partners to acquire 42 venture capital and leveraged buyout fund positions from the Hillman Company, his former employer. This pioneering acquisition of illiquid assets helped to institutionalize the secondary private equity market. In 2011, Phil co-founded Top Tier Capital Partners as a spin out from Paul Capital.
Phil retired from the Investment Team at the end of 2014, but remains an advisor to the firm through his role as Chairman Emeritus of Top Tier Capital Partners.
“Investment fads come and go. But one constant in this industry is fundamental innovation that disrupts established industries and creates new wealth. That’s why at Top Tier, we are committed to venture capital for the long term.”
David A. York
Managing Director - Operations
Garth A.L. Timoll, Sr.
Director, Customized Solutions
Clare Y. Canale
Vice President, Investor Services
Senior Analyst, Corporate Development
Vice President, Finance
Management Company Controller
Senior Fund Accountant
HR & Talent Manager
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
David A. York
David is Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee and Management Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. He also leads the corporate development team and is responsible for the management, development, and growth of Top Tier’s offerings. His thirty plus years of industry knowledge and networks uniquely equip him to be a liaison and international ambassador not only for Top Tier’s brand but also the broader venture community. In 2000, David joined Phil Paul to lead the fund of funds team at Paul Capital which spun out in 2011 to form Top Tier. Over the past three decades in Silicon Valley and during his tenure on different trading desks on Wall Street, including posts at Chase H&Q, Volpe Welty & Co., Drexel Burnham Lambert, and Paine Webber, David has developed an extensive network among private equity managers, particularly venture capitalists. David graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering.
Lisa is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. She focuses on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s primary investments. Leveraging her 25 years of experiences, Lisa is particularly interested in helping up-and-coming micro funds structure themselves for success in the future, including strategic fundraising, thoughtful portfolio construction, effective capital deployment and management succession. When she is not advising our GPs and LPs, Lisa is supporting diversity within private equity with the intent that the profile of venture firms mirrors those who are benefiting from the capital deployed by those firms. Lisa joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2003. Prior to Top Tier, Lisa was part of the asset management team at WR Hambrecht + Co focusing on new and emerging private equity funds. Before that, she spent ten years at Horsley Bridge Partners. Lisa began her career as an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Lisa graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in applied economics and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business.
Managing Director - Operations
Sean is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Top Tier Capital Partners. He is responsible for operations, including finance and administration and is TTCP’s registered in-house counsel and chief compliance officer. As the Firm’s COO and chief compliance officer, Sean is a respected sounding board for his partners as they navigate the changing regulatory environment both in the U.S. and abroad and discuss the merits of new business opportunities. Prior to joining Top Tier in 2011, Sean held a number of senior operating roles at asset management firms, including senior project manager at BlackRock, chief operating officer at H&Q Asia Pacific and president of Robertson Stephens Asset Management. Before moving to San Francisco, Sean was general counsel and a managing director at Soros Fund Management in New York from 1991 to 2000. Sean began his career as a lawyer advising investment advisers in New York and Hong Kong. Sean graduated from Harvard College with an A.B., magna cum laude, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Jessica is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee and Management Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. She is co-lead of the funds team and leads the capital formation efforts for the Firm. She was the driving force behind establishing the Investment Team’s database, The Mine, and the Firm’s data analytics team. It was Jessica’s analytical vision to leverage data to enhance the risk-adjusted returns for Top Tier’s investors. Her focus on data has helped the Investment Team balance the promise frontier technologies offer with the financial returns LPs desire. Jessica joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2005. Prior to joining Top Tier, she was part of the Investment Team at Care Capital LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in biotechnology. Before that she spent five years at Salomon Smith Barney. Jessica graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in mathematics and economics. She also earned an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Jessica is an active competitive rower and was previously a Varsity Crew member at Connecticut College and member of the New York Athletic Club, where she was a nine-time national champion.
Garth A.L. Timoll, Sr.
Garth is a Managing Director at Top Tier and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee and Management Committee. He leads the velocity team at Top Tier, which executes the Firm’s co-investment and venture secondary investment activity. He is currently a board member or board observer for several of Top Tier’s co-investment portfolio companies. Prior to joining Top Tier’s predecessor firm Paul Capital in 2009, Garth was a vice president at Portfolio Advisors, where he focused on primary investments in venture capital, leveraged buyout, and special situation funds. Before that, he was at Fairview Capital Partners and Rogerscasey. Garth graduated from Bates College as a Benjamin E. Mays Scholar with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics and was captain of the varsity basketball team. Garth is a current member of the Bates College Board of Trustees. He also received his M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University as a Robert A. Toigo Fellow and a Christopher T. Emmet Scholar.
Eric is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Top Tier Capital Partners. He co-leads the funds team, focusing on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s primary investments. Eric has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been involved in the private equity investment community for the past nineteen years. Most recently at MetLife, Eric served as the Head of Domestic Private Equity, a program representing $6.0 billion in U.S. private equity exposure, including $1.0 billion to venture capital as of Q1 2017. He has additional fund investing experience as a Partner with Thomas Weisel Global Growth Partners and the Private Equity Markets Group at Liberty Mutual. Eric has an M.B.A. from the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a B.S. in Economics from Union College.
Michelle is a Venture Partner for Top Tier in London and is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee for the European Venture Capital Fund. She focuses on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s European primary investments. Prior to joining Top Tier in 2019, Michelle was Director of Fund Investments at venture fund-of-funds, VenCap International plc. Michelle is an alumnus of INSEAD. Michelle graduated with a Diploma in Financial Strategy from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford and received a Masters of Philosophy in Science degree in Pure Mathematics and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham
Director, Customized Solutions
Kevin is a Director at Top Tier and leads the Firm’s customized solutions efforts. Prior to joining Top Tier in 2014, Kevin spent twelve years in the investment advisory business including eight years at NEPC, LLC where he was instrumental in building a successful private equity advisory practice. While at NEPC, he was responsible for leading research in various private equity strategies and working with the private equity programs of the firm’s largest clients including over $2 billion in commitments within the New Mexico ERB private equity portfolio. Before his career in investments, Kevin was a project manager at Rohm and Haas working on major facility expansion projects culminating in a role as engineering manager at a greenfield startup facility. Kevin graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, an M.E. in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business. Kevin holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Sean is a Principal at Top Tier and is a member of the Firm’s velocity team which executes the Firm’s co-investment and venture secondary investment activity. He joined Top Tier’s predecessor firm, Paul Capital, in 2010 as a member of the inaugural analyst program. Beginning in 2012, Sean played an early role in the formation and execution of the velocity investment strategy at Top Tier. In 2014, when Top Tier raised the inaugural Venture Velocity Fund, he transitioned his dominant focus to the velocity investment program. Sean is a board observer on several of Top Tier’s co-investment portfolio companies. Sean graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in political science. While at Berkeley, he was an Academic All Pac-10 Varsity Crew member, Varsity 8+ IRA National Champion in 2010, and a member of the Under-23 National Rowing Team in 2009. Currently, Sean sits on the board of the Friends of Cal Crew.
Adar is a Vice President at Top Tier and a member of the Firm’s investment team focused on manager selection, due diligence and investment monitoring of Top Tier’s primary investments. Adar has over a decade of experience in venture capital investing and M&A. Prior to joining Top Tier in 2018, he spent four and half years in Salesforce’s Corporate Development team, working on various acquisitions and venture investments. Before that, he spent four years at Horsley Bridge Partners in San Francisco and London. Adar began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Adar graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Highest Distinction with a B.A. in Economics. Adar also served as a commissioned officer in the Israeli Defense Forces and can speak English, Hebrew and Spanish.
Katherine is a Senior Associate at Top Tier and a member of the Firm’s velocity team which includes the firm’s co-investment and venture secondary investment activity. Prior to joining Top Tier, Katherine was an analyst at Northgate Capital, focusing on venture capital co-investments and venture capital and private equity fund investments. Katherine graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in business administration, international business with a minor in French. While at Cal Poly, she was a member of the Women’s Club Water Polo Team. Katherine is a CFA Charterholder.
Shomik is a Senior Associate at Top Tier and a member of the Firm’s velocity team which includes the firm’s co-investment and venture secondary investment activity. Prior to joining Top Tier, Shomik was an associate at Ignite Advisors, Focusing on helping early-stage startups scale. His previous work experience includes venture debt & equity investing at WTI, tech investment banking at GCA Savvian, and debt capital markets sales & trading at PNC Financial Services. Shomik graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with honors with a B.S. in economics and a minor in statistics
Ben Challgren is an associate and a member of the 2016 analyst program. He is responsible for due diligence, monitoring and data analytics on the fund investment team. Ben graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics, with a concentration in strategic management, and holds a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation. Before joining Top Tier, he spent time as an intern with Ernst & Young. While at UPenn, he was a member of the Varsity Football team.
Andrew is an Associate at Top Tier and a member of the 2016 analyst program. He is responsible for due diligence, monitoring and data analytics on the fund investment team. Andrew graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in business administration and finance. Before joining Top Tier, he spent time as an intern with JMP Securities and Wells Fargo Advisors.
Regan is an Analyst and a member of the Firm’s 2018 analyst training program at Top Tier Capital Partners. Before joining Top Tier Capital Partners, he spent time as a summer intern with REX Share’s Asset Management Company. While at Bates, Regan was a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team. Regan graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in economics.
Katie is an Analyst and a member of the 2018 analyst training program at Top Tier Capital Partners. Katie graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in business administration and management. Before joining the firm she spent a summer with Top Tier as an intern. While at Berkeley, she was a 2016 NCAA National Champion in JV8 and was on the Cal team that won the overall team title.
Clare Y. Canale
Vice President, Investor Services
Clare is a Vice President of Investor Services at Top Tier, responsible for firm’s marketing materials, investor communications, and annual meeting production. Prior to joining Paul Capital, Clare had spent 13 years working with private equity funds and their investors as a Venture Services and Marketing Specialist with JP Morgan H&Q and the Charles Schwab Strategic Trading Group. As a Venture Services Specialist, Clare provided liquidity services to private equity funds seeking to distribute or sell public portfolio company assets. As Marketing Specialist, she was responsible for the content and design of the group’s presentation materials, as well as the production of three worldwide private equity conferences. Clare received a B.A. in Politics and Studio Art from Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Senior Analyst, Corporate Development
Immi is a Senior Analyst on the Corporate Development team at Top Tier, focusing on fundraising and investor relations. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Immi was an Associate at Allianz Global Investors where she managed relationships with the firm's international institutional clients. She began her career in the Institutional group at Fisher Investments. Immi received her B.S. in Finance from San Francisco State University.
Becky is an Analyst on the Corporate Development team at Top Tier, focusing on fundraising and investor relations. Prior to joining Top Tier Capital Partners, Becky was a sales and account manager at Servcorp, where she managed client and prospective relations. Becky graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and minor in Anthropology. After graduating university, she taught Kindergarten English in China.
Vice President, Finance
Matt is a Vice President at Top Tier and oversees the financial reporting, accounting, and operations of Top Tier’s management company, its funds, and its general-partner entities. Before joining the firm in 2017, Matt was a Controller at Sequoia Capital Heritage Fund. He started his career in the financial services audit department of Ernst & Young. Matt graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from Cal State Hayward.
Jenny is a Fund Controller at Top Tier. She manages the financial reporting and accounting of Top Tier’s funds and general-partner entities. Before joining the firm in 2017, she was the Fund Controller for Paine Schwartz Partners, where she managed the fund accounting and reporting for a series of private equity funds. Prior to that, Jenny was an Assistant Vice President at J.P. Morgan focused on private equity and real estate. She earned a B.A. in finance from Bluffton University and a master of accountancy from Golden Gate University.
Management Company Controller
Susan is a Controller at Top Tier, she is in charge of the management company’s accounting and operations. Prior to joining Top Tier in 2012, Susan worked for two years as a senior fund accountant at Citco Fund Services. In that role she helped oversee accounting for hedge fund portfolios worth more than $2.5 billion. Before that Susan was an asset operations specialist with the Charles Schwab Trust Co. She started her accounting career as a credit manager and loan processor for Wells Fargo Financial. Susan holds a B.A. in sociology organizational studies and managerial economics from the University of California at Davis.
Senior Fund Accountant
Sarah is a Senior Fund Accountant at Top Tier. She is responsible for the accounting of the firm’s investment funds and general partner entities. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Sarah worked for three years as a fund accountant and hedge fund portfolio valuations associate at Citco Fund Services preparing financial reporting, including profit allocation statements, cash and position reconciliation and fee calculations as well as performing month-end portfolio valuations. Before that she interned at Merrill Lynch. Sarah earned a B.A. in economics and accounting from Gonzaga University.
Glen is a Fund Accountant at Top Tier. He is responsible for the accounting of the firm’s investment funds and general partner entities. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Glen was the senior investment operations analyst at Aperio Group and the senior operations associate at PCO Investment Management LP. Prior to that, Glen worked at Citco Fund Services as a senior middle office associate. Glen earned a B.S. in mathematics/applied science from University of California at Los Angeles.
Sean is a Fund Accountant at Top Tier. He is responsible for the accounting of the firm’s investment funds and general partner entities. Before joining the firm in 2017, Sean was a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. Prior to that, Sean was an Experienced Tax Senior Associate in the Financial Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Sean graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting from the University of San Francisco.
Alissa is an Accountant for the Management Company at Top Tier. Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Alissa worked as an auditor for Grant Thornton in Chicago, IL where she focused on mutual fund and public company audits. She received both a B.S. in finance and legal studies and a Master’s degree in accounting from Tulane University. Alissa is a licensed CPA.
Emily is an Accountant for the Management Company at Top Tier. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Emily worked in Tax Services at BPM LLP in Walnut Creek, CA and Grant Thornton LLP in Minneapolis, MN. Emily received a B.A. in Accounting from the University of St Thomas.
HR & Talent Manager
Sunny is the HR & Talent Manager at Top Tier and is a part of TTCP’s Operations Team. He joined Top Tier in 2019 to evolve existing human capital processes and programs that encourage a high-performing, adaptable, and innovative organization. Prior to joining TTCP, Sunny was the HR Director at Buffalo Filter and has a comprehensive amount of HR experience in different industries such as healthcare, hospitality, and manufacturing. Sunny graduated from California State University, Chico with a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in HR Management and received his M.B.A from Medaille University in Buffalo, NY.
Bonnie is an Executive Assistant at Top Tier. She currently supports Garth Timoll and the Velocity Team by making sure their daily duties are accomplished accordingly. Prior to Top Tier Capital Partners, Bonnie was an Executive Assistant at GCA Advisors, a global investment bank, where she supported the Operations department assisted with recruiting efforts and event planning. Outside of the office, Bonnie enjoys hiking, playing soccer, spending time with her two children, and cheering on the Chicago Bears.
Bea is an Executive Assistant at Top Tier. She currently supports Sean Warren and the Operations team with administrative, human resources, and legal related tasks. Prior to joining Top Tier Capital Partners, Bea worked in the film industry in Los Angeles. Bea attended college in New York and is originally from San Francisco.
Karina Berry is an Administrative Assistant at Top Tier. She currently supports Lisa Edgar and Eric Fitzgerald by making sure their daily duties are accomplished accordingly. Prior to joining Top Tier Capital Partners, Karina worked at Sherpa Capital as a Receptionist and Office Assistant, where she attended to investors, clients, and the team with daily administrative assignments. Preceding her professional career, she graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation and Restoration. Karina is a San Francisco native who practices conservation methods, plays sports, enjoys hiking, traveling, and relaxing.
Receptionist & Administrative Assistant
Marlene Williams is the Receptionist and Administrative Assistant for Top Tier Capital Partners. Marlene supports Top Tier in an administrative capacity by providing exceptional hospitality to everyone in the office. Marlene has a background in communications earning a B.A. in Communications from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining Top Tier Capital Partners, Marlene worked for First Republic Bank, Farallon Capital Management and Stripe. Marlene Williams is a Bay Area native who enjoys producing radio, writing and connecting with people.
“The bottom line is, we show up. Our focus isn't just on the investment. It's on earning long-term respect through hard work and forging true partnerships with our investors and managers.”
Top Tier makes primary and secondary investments in established and emerging venture capital funds, and also co-invests in companies alongside select managers. Our deep venture capital relationships are the result of decades of experience and a commitment to seeking out the most promising managers and investments.
5AM Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on building next-generation life science companies capable of delivering outstanding returns to our investors. We support companies solving important healthcare needs via cutting-edge breakthroughs in medicine and science. Our portfolio companies spearhead novel approaches to diagnose, prevent and treat a wide range of medical conditions.http://5amventures.com
A.Capital Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in consumer and enterprise technology companies.http://acapitalv.com
Abingworth is an international investment group dedicated exclusively to the life sciences and healthcare sectors. We invest across all stages of company development including early and late-stage venture financing, growth equity and public companies. Founded in 1973, Abingworth has a lengthy track record of backing market leading companies.http://www.abingworth.com/
Accomplice is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology startup companies, with specialties in cybersecurity, eSports, data analytics, SMB class software, emerging hardware platforms, and marketplaces.http://accomplice.co
Akkadian Ventures is a direct secondary investment firm focused on providing liquidity to early employees and investors of venture-backed businesses. Akkadian offers tailored and unique solutions for companies and employees, with key benefits that include speed, tax efficiency and rigorous respect for confidentiality. Akkadian has also developed a proprietary, data-driven methodology to identify which private technology companies are entering hyper-growth and uses this data to “pre-approve” companies for its liquidity programs, dramatically accelerating the time to transaction for entrepreneurs. Founded in 2010, Akkadian is based in San Francisco, California.http://akkadianventures.com
Andreessen Horowitz is a venture capital firm that provides seed, venture and growth-stage funding to the best new technology companies. Its investing partners include Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, John O'Farrell, Scott Weiss, Jeff Jordan, Peter Levine and Chris Dixon—all recognized experts in creating, scaling and operating high-growth technology companies. The firm has $2.7 billion under management across three funds. Among its 170 investments are Airbnb, Box, Fab, Facebook, GitHub, Pinterest, Quirky and Twitter.http://a16z.com/
Since 1983, Battery has been investing in technology and innovation worldwide. The firm partners with entrepreneurs and management teams across technology sectors, geographies and stages of a company’s life, from seed and early venture, to growth and buyouts. Battery invests worldwide from offices in Boston, Silicon Valley and Israel. The firm has raised more than $4B since inception and is currently investing a $750M fund.http://www.battery.com/
Founded in 2010, New York-based boldstart ventures is a first check investor for enterprise founders. Boldstart invests in the full enterprise stack which includes software infrastructure and SaaS and actively collaborate with portfolio companies to accelerate growth and time to market. The boldstart team has over 50 years of combined experience leading seed rounds in early SaaS and infrastructure pioneers like LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN), GoToMeeting (sold to Citrix), and Greenplum (sold to EMC), and founding startups like Workmarket and OnForce (sold to Adecco).http://boldstart.vc
Canaan Partners invests in entrepreneurs and works alongside them to turn visionary ideas into valuable companies. Since 1987, the firm has catalyzed the growth of disruptive technology startups and healthcare companies revolutionizing the practice of medicine. Canaan maintains a presence in the global innovation hubs of Silicon Valley, New York City, India and Israel.http://www.canaan.com/
Compound is a NYC based VC firm that invests in early stage technology companies disrupting or enabling traditional industries.http://compound.vc
CrossCut is a leading LA-based seed and early-stage venture capital fund with $100 million under management. CrossCut's four managing directors are looking to provide their capital and extensive operational and investment expertise to back passionate entrepreneurs building companies with the potential for hyper-growth. The firm typically participates in the first institutional round of funding, looking to invest $500,000 to $1.5 million in equity.www.crosscut.vc
DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Since 1985, DFJ's core funds have raised $4B, which has been deployed in more than 300 portfolio companies, including AdMob, Baidu, Box, Hotmail, Nervana, Skype, Solarcity, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, Tumblr, Twilio, Twitter and Yammer. DFJ works with companies at seed, early and growth stages, with the goal of partnering with entrepreneurs to build iconic and lasting businesses.http://dfj.com
Eniac Ventures is a seed stage venture capital firm founded in 2009 by four University of Pennsylvania engineering students turned serial entrepreneurs. Eniac invests in exceptional companies built on the proliferation of mobile connected devices: smartphones, wearables, drones, robots and IOT. Eniac Ventures portfolio companies include Boxed, Dubsmash, Glide, Hinge, Localytics, Luxe, Navdy, Neumob, Owlet, Tapcommerce, and Vungle.http://eniac.vc
Formation 8 is a technology investment firm based in Silicon Valley with a presence in Korea, Singapore and China. We operate as one firm with a unified mission to identify great potential and help realize the dreams and ambitions of the best entrepreneurs.http://www.formation8.com
Formation Group is a cross-border venture platform based in Palo Alto with offices in Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore.http://formationgroup.com
Foundation Capital was founded in 1995 with a single purpose: to build great companies. Every partner at Foundation Capital has been an entrepreneur before coming here. We have served as CEOs, as executive managers, and as technologists with a compelling idea that ultimately resulted in real-world experience directing a company to success. We continue to run Foundation Capital with this entrepreneurial spirit, because our true expertise is the understanding, the perspective, and the enthusiasm we bring to helping promising companies in their formative stages.http://www.foundationcapital.com/
Fuel Capital is an early stage venture fund based in San Francisco, CA. Fuel invests in consumer and cloud/ infrastructure companies.http://fuelcapital.com
Index Ventures is a venture capital investment firm with offices in Geneva, London, Jersey and San Francisco. The firm was founded in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1996 by Neil Rimer, David Rimer and Giuseppe Zocco. Since its inception, the firm has raised in excess of €2 billion of investor commitments. Index invest primarily in the Information Technology and Life Sciences sectors.http://www.indexventures.com/
Initialized Capital is a San Francisco-based venture capital firm founded in 2011. Initialized is focused on seed and early stage investments.http://initialized.com
LIGHTSPEED VENTURE PARTNERS
Lightspeed Venture Partners is a leading venture capital firm with over $2 billion of committed capital under management and investment professionals and advisors in Silicon Valley, India, Israel and China with Lightspeed China Partners. Over the past two decades, Lightspeed partners have backed more than 200 consumer, enterprise and cleantech companies, many of which have become leaders in their respective markets.http://lsvp.com/
MADRONA VENTURE GROUP
Madrona has been investing in early-stage technology companies in the Pacific Northwest since 1995 and has been privileged to play a role in some of the region's most successful technology ventures. The firm invests predominately in seed and Series A rounds across the information technology spectrum including consumer Internet, commercial software and services, digital media and advertising, networking and cloud computing, and mobile. Madrona manages nearly $1 billion and was an early investor in companies such as Amazon.com, Apptio, Isilon Systems, Redfin, and Animoto.http://www.madrona.com/
Maiden Lane is an investment vehicle built on top of AngelList with a mission to make partnering with world-class angels more impactful.http://www.maidenlane.com
Mayfield Fund is a global venture capital firm with $3 billion under management and a history of investing in relationships. Over our 43-year history, we have invested in more than 530 companies, resulting in over 100 IPOs and more than 100 mergers and acquisitions.http://www.mayfield.com/
Medicxi is a life science focused investment firm which spun out from Index Ventures in 2016. Medicxi has offices in London and Geneva.http://medicxiventures.com
Meritech Capital Partners is a leading provider of late-stage venture capital to category-defining private technology companies, and has been one of the top performing venture firms of the past decade. With over $3 billion under management, Meritech primarily leads investments into companies with proven and differentiated technology, rapidly-growing revenue and experienced management teams. With one of the most active venture portfolios in Silicon Valley, Meritech has experience in, and provides guidance on issues facing rapidly growing companies including management incentive plans, IPO market timing and positioning, M&A strategies and negotiations and adviser selection. Meritech investments in industry-leading companies include Acclarent, Cornerstone-OnDemand, Facebook, Fortinet, Fusion-io, Greenplum, Hybris, Imperva, Netezza, NetSuite, Proofpoint, PopCap, Riverbed, Salesforce.com, Sourcefire, Tableau and Zulily.http://www.meritechcapital.com
NEXT WORLD CAPITAL
Next World Capital (NWC) is an international early-revenue stage venture capital firm investing in leading enterprise technology companies. The firm takes a focused, thematic approach with deep expertise in enterprise tech and specialized skills to help companies ramp during this rapid-growth period. Notably, NWC is the only U.S. VC operating a comprehensive European Expansion Platform with strategy, sales and business development to help its companies access and grow in Europe. NWC is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in London and Paris.http://nextworldcap.com
Revolution Growth invests in companies that can change the world. What we do is unique and different. We are focused. Our sweet spot is on technology-enabled businesses that empower consumers and disrupt existing, multi-billion dollar industries. We are very hands-on and a true partner, working relentlessly with management teams, over a long period of time, to help build their businesses.http://revolution.com/
SCALE VENTURE PARTNERS
Scale Venture Partners is located in Silicon Valley and invests in high-growth technology companies with a focus on SaaS, Cloud, Mobile & Internet sectors. We look for companies that are in early revenue and are ready to scale – hence our name. The value we bring to the table as investors and as board members comes from our backgrounds as sales and marketing executives in the industries we invest in and our experience with industry leading companies like Box, Omniture, ExactTarget, Vitrue, Hubspot and uTest.http://www.scalevp.com/
Shasta Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on companies in the consumer Internet, mobile and software sectors. Shasta was formed in 2004 to back brilliant entrepreneurs with an unwavering commitment to the customer experience. Located in Menlo Park, California, Shasta Ventures has $725 million dollars under management across three funds.http://www.shastaventures.com/
Founded in 2005, True Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology startups. With three funds and approximately $600 million in capital under management, True provides seed and Series A funding to entrepreneurs in today’s fastest growing markets.http://www.trueventures.com/
Founded at Harvard in 2011 by a partnership of New Enterprise Associates, Breyer Capital, Accel Partners and Polaris Partners, Xfund is an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to finding and supporting technically-gifted entrepreneurs with a liberal arts mindset. Xfund leverages its unparalleled network of investment advisors and academic experts to help tomorrow's entrepreneurial leaders, engineers, and designers build world-class companies. Some of the firm’s portfolio companies include Kensho, Ravel, Philo, Zumper and Rest Devices as well as specialized growth accelerators Rock Health and Work-Bench. Xfund is anchored in university towns with offices in Cambridge and Silicon Valley.http://www.xfund.com
Featured Managers are the venture capital funds to which Top Tier has made primary commitments in the last 24 months. Some firms are not included for confidentiality reasons.
2nd Watch is a public cloud workload management provider that helps enterprises accelerate adoption of the public cloud. The company’s services and tools extend and automate critical workload management processes for the public cloud including: governance, procurement, financial management, migration, and operations. By combining proven methodologies, industry experts, certified personnel and patent-pending automation tools, 2nd Watch is currently delivering public cloud workload automation across more than 100 enterprise for more than 75,000 instances. The venture-backed company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.http://www.2ndwatch.com
The Accurate Group provides national real estate transaction services to the financial services industry with a focus on title insurance and searches, loan processing, appraisal and valuation services, and loan due diligence services. Accurate’s mission is to routinely solve client problems by creating efficiency, reducing risk, and cost through the entire real estate loan process. For more information, please visit www.accurategroup.com.http://www.accurategroup.com
AlienVault provides an easy-to-use, all-in one security platform to help companies detect, respond to and plan against cyber-attacks in a cost effective way. AlienVault's Unified Security Management™ (USM) platform enables organizations with limited security staff and budget to address compliance and threat management needs. By offering five essential security capabilities in a single console - asset discovery, vulnerability assessment, threat detection, behavioral monitoring and security intelligence - and then powering the platform with up-to-the-minute threat intelligence from AlienVault Labs and the Open Threat Exchange—the world’s largest crowd-sourced collaborative threat exchange—AlienVault provides its customers with a unified, simple, and affordable solution for threat detection and compliance management.http://www.alienvault.com
AREA 1 SECURITYhttps://www.area1security.com/
Awarepoint is the healthcare industry's leading supplier of enterprise awareness solutions. Awarepoint's real-time location system technology and software solutions assist hospitals in cutting asset costs, improving compliance, and increasing patient through-put resulting in increased revenues.http://www.awarepoint.com
BIT9 + CARBON BLACK
Bit9 + Carbon Black is the market leader in Next-Generation Endpoint Security. The company has sold more licenses, has more experience, and more customers than any other NGES company and 25 of the Fortune 100 rely on it as a critical element of their advanced threat defense and compliance strategies. Bit9 + Carbon Black was voted Best Endpoint Protection by security professionals in the SANS Institute’s Best of 2014 Awards, and a 2015 SANS survey found that 68 percent of IR professionals are using or evaluating Carbon Black. And IDC, in 2015, named Bit9 + Carbon Black the leader in endpoint security.http://www.bit9.com/
Chegg, the social education platform, provides students on more than 7,000 college campuses nationwide with homework help, course selection, note taking, textbook and e-textbook rentals, and student deals.http://www.chegg.com
Endgame is delivering the next generation of Security Intelligence & Analytics (SIA). Our core capabilities use data science and cutting-edge technology to give our federal and commercial customers real-time visibility across their digital domains, and our ecosystem of applications use that insight to solve a wide array of security problems. Endgame allows you to see what others can’t, and to take control of your connected world. Endgame was founded in 2008 and has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA, San Antonio, TX and Melbourne, FL.http://www.endgame.com
Engine Yard is the leading Platform as a Service (PaaS). With deep expertise in Ruby on Rails and PHP, combined with powerful orchestration, deep community involvement and world-class service, Engine Yard empowers businesses to build and run cloud-based applications easily and cost-effectively.http://www.engineyard.com
Localytics is a lifecycle engagement platform for web and mobile apps. With an integrated approach to app marketing and analytics Localytics helps customers automate and optimize every stage of the app lifecycle to keep their users engaged and to deliver more personalized experiences. Localytics is used in more than 37,000 apps on more than 2.7 billion devices by companies such as ESPN, eBay, Fox and The New York Times. Localytics is headquartered in Boston, MA with offices in San Francisco and London.http://www.localytics.com/
Ogin has designed and developed its first breakthrough, the Ogin Turbine. It is a smaller, more efficient wind turbine that can go where large turbines can’t – enabling wind energy developers to bring clean energy production closer to consumers.http://www.ttcp.com/
Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank is empowering individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and taking other environmentally-preferred actions. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City.http://www.recyclebank.com
Smartsheet’s collaborative work management solution lets people manage work their way while at the same time making it simple to control their teams and processes. The ease of use of the familiar spreadsheet-like interface, work automation, and Gantt chart features have made it a popular and highly functional collaboration and project management tool. Nearly 7 million registered users in more than 190 countries use Smartsheet across every department and every industry.http://www.smartsheet.com/
Sprinklr is the first unified customer experience management platform for the enterprise. We help the world’s largest brands reach, engage, and listen to their customers on Facebook, Twitter, and 23+ other social channels for the purposes of marketing, advertising, research, care, and commerce. Sprinklr does all of that on one unified platform, which integrates with legacy systems and allows siloed teams to collaborate to deliver a seamless experience to every one of their customers across any channel — at scale. Headquartered in New York City with 1,500 employees in 20 offices, Sprinklr works with 1,200+ global companies including Nike, McDonald’s, Microsoft, P&G, Samsung, more than 50% of the Fortune 50, and nine out of ten of the world’s most valuable brands. Its partners include SAP, IBM, Microsoft, and many others across the CXM ecosystem.https://www.sprinklr.com/
SRS Acquiom provides innovative M&A post-closing services with ease and efficiency for buyers and sellers. Services include shareholder representation, escrow investment and payments administration. As the global leader, SRS Acquiom represents more than 90,000 shareholders in 97 countries and has been engaged on over 1,000 transactions valued at over $165 billion.https://www.srsacquiom.com/
Virtustream is a leading enterprise-class cloud solution provider, specializing in moving complex IT to the cloud. Virtustream offers xStream, a secure, high performance enterprise-class solution for private, virtual private, public and hybrid clouds – available as software or managed service. Virtustream also offers professional services to design, migrate, and manage clouds.http://www.virtustream.com
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