Published On: Tue, Feb 2nd, 2016

Meet The Competitors Vying For The Crunchie For VC Of The Year

We’re removing prepared for a 9th Annual Crunchies here during TechCrunch, where some of a brightest startups, companies and leaders wish to win a desired Crunchie endowment in one of a 12 categories adult for grabs.

Among that brew are those who write a checks to get these startups off to a good commencement – try capitalists. Below are a VCs who have been comparison as finalists for a VC of a Year award, as good as a demeanour behind during some of a overwhelming investors who perceived this endowment in previous years.

The 2015 Nominees

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen is best famous these days as one-half of a first group during a VC organisation with his moniker Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen helped emanate a Netscape web browser while he was operative in a production lab in college. AOL (TechCrunch’s primogenitor company) bought Netscape in 1999. Ten years later, the Twitter-prolific VC founded A16z with Ben Horowitz. The dual went on to account some of a many famous tech companies – including Facebook, Oculus, Slack, and Twitter.

Sonali De Rycker

Mumbai-born Sonali De Rycker assimilated VC organisation Accel’s London operation as a ubiquitous partner in 2008. Since that time she’s led investments in several European-based consumer startups such as Spotify, Lyst and Calastone. She’s also an eccentric executive of Match Group, Inc.

Bill Gurley

Bill Gurley is a partner during Benchmark and famous for his “doom and gloom” punditry about a imminent startup bubble. He frequently rails opposite startups shopping Kind Bars and other such bureau luxuries with their VC dollars instead of saving adult for finish times. Gurley is also deliberate to be a tip understanding builder in Silicon Valley, investing early in Uber, Zillow and a series of other successful companies.

Mary Meeker

KPCB partner Mary Meeker serves on a house at Lending Club, Square and DocuSign and has focused a good volume of time forecasting record trends, authoring Internet attention reports for 20+ years. Meeker also played a pivotal purpose in Kleiner’s investments in Twitter,, Spotify, SoundCloud, Waze, LegalZoom, Houzz, Airbnb, Pinterest and Bitstrips.

Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya is a owners of VC organisation Social+Capital, that both incubates and invests in early-stage companies focused on breakthrough technologies in healthcare, education, financial services, mobile and craving software. Palihapitiya was also one of a strange members of Facebook’s executive group and is a partial owners of a Golden State Warriors.

Past Winners

We introduced a Best VC endowment in a fourth year of a annual awards uncover (it was VC organisation a year before), so starting with year four:

Yuri Milner – 4th Annual Crunchies Winner

Russian-born billionaire financier Yuri Milner has a tech Midas touch, slicing checks for some of a best tellurian deals this century by his VC organisation DST Global. He’s now turned his concentration to visitor life, pledging $100 million by his new account Breakthrough Initiatives to find supernatural intelligence.

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz – 5th Annual Crunchies Winner

The energetic first twin of VC organisation Andreessen Horowitz took a top spot during a 5th annual Crunchies. The dual combined a organisation also famous as A16z in 2009 and went on to found some of a many obvious record companies of a time, including Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.

Peter Thiel – 6th Annual Crunchies Winner

Where does one start with Peter Thiel? The billionaire VC and author of a New York Times bestseller “Zero to One” is famous for investing in irritable ideas, instigation youngsters to dump out of college and for putting onward a good volume into life prolongation research. He’s also co-founded a series of defining record companies, including PayPal and Palantir. Thiel also helped Facebook with a duration rise, primarily bankrolling a then-tiny startup for $500,000 for a 10 percent interest in 2004.

Peter Fenton – 7th Annual Crunchies Winner

Peter Fenton is a ubiquitous partner during Benchmark and sits on Twitter’s house of directors, where he recently played an constituent purpose in picking a amicable media network’s new(ish) CEO Jack Dorsey. He has also been on Yelp’s house given 2006. The billionaire financier splits his concentration between both consumer and craving startups. Fenton was a handling partner during Accel Partners before fasten Benchmark.

Jim Goetz – 8th Annual Crunchies Winner

Sequoia Capital’s Jim Goetz focuses on cloud, mobile and enterprise and has done constituent investments in startups such as Yik Yak and WhatsApp. Prior to fasten Sequoia Capital in 2004, he had been a General Partner during Accel Partners and a owners of VitalSigns.

The Crunchies, described as a Oscars of a startup and record world, will take place on Feb 8 during San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House this year. We’ve behind a cost boost to give we some-more time to see a Crunchies in person. Get your tickets starting during $115 by Wednesday to be a partial of a movement before a cost indeed jumps. Come see that VC creates it to a tip of a list this year during a 9th Annual Crunchies.

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