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A Big Idea, Backed by Giants

It takes more than money to get an idea this size off the ground. It takes patience, persistence, and most of all, the vision to see just how different the world can be.

Strategic Corporate Investors

general electric
qualcomm ventures
goldman sachs
fidelity research & management co.

Venture Capital Investors

Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz backs bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big, and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology. Founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, the firm provides entrepreneurs with access to deep expertise and insights in innovation, business development, market intelligence, executive and technical talent, and marketing and brand building. [ www.a16z.com ]

Norwest Venture Partners

For more than 40 years, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build large businesses. NVP focuses on early-stage investments in enterprise software and communications technologies. The firm currently manages more than $1.8 billion in venture capital. NVP has funded more than 350 companies since inception, including such market leaders as Actel Corporation, Brocade Communications, Cerent, Documentum, Extreme Networks, Forte Software, PeopleSoft, and Tivoli Systems. [ www.nvp.com ]

Sutter Hill Ventures

Sutter Hill Ventures is a venture capital firm that finances technology-based start-up and early-stage companies that pioneer products or services in growth markets, especially those in information technology and health care. Founded in 1962, it is one of Silicon Valley’s original venture capital firms. Some of the companies backed by Sutter Hill include Network Appliance, Legato, Quantum, StorageTek, Data Domain, Alteon, Linear Technology, nVidia, and BroadVision. [ www.shv.com ]

ARTIS Ventures

ARTIS Ventures supports and partners with entrepreneurs who are driven to positively impact the world through disruptive technological innovation. Companies the firm has backed include YouTube, StemCentrx, Nimble Storage, Aruba Networks, and KiOR. [ www.artisventures.com ]

Allegis Capital

Founded in 1996, Allegis Capital manages $400 million through its four Media Technology Ventures funds. The firm invests in start-up companies serving emerging information technology markets. Specific areas of interest include semiconductors, data infrastructure, and enterprise software solutions; broadband, wireless, and Internet infrastructure and delivery platforms; and Internet-enabled ecommerce and services. Notable investments include Sandpiper Networks, Mergent Technologies, Shopzilla, Rent.com, IronPort, and Staccato Communications. [ www.allegiscapital.com ]