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In 1996, Altos Ventures was founded exclusively to address the needs of promising young technology companies. As entrepreneurs themselves, they understand the challenges and issues that founders and new businesses face. They have worked with entrepreneurs for over a decade to build great ideas into great companies. With patience and staying power, Altos partners with entrepreneurs and build market leading companies. Altos-backed companies have grown to more than $1 billion in revenue in the last several years.
Based in Silicon Valley, Startup Capital Ventures focuses on early-stage companies that require relatively small amounts of capital to achieve success. The firm leverages its investment with unparalleled operations experience from a team of five seasoned professionals. Generally, Startup Capital Ventures targets capital efficient companies, such as software, that are generating some revenue and can show a reasonable likelihood of reaching near-term profitability. Their approach is to build a supportive partnership around an outstanding entrepreneurial team with a clear market vision for its product or service. Startup Capital Ventures focus on investing in strong management teams, not just technologies. They strive to build a supportive working relationship with our portfolio companies based on flexibility, integrity, and patience.
StarVest Partners is a New York-based venture capital firm founded in 1999 that invests in technology-enabled business services companies throughout the U.S. The firm's value-added partnership focuses on four key emerging technology and services sectors: Software as a Service (SaaS), Internet Marketing Services, eCommerce Services and Data Aggregation Services. StarVest combines a sophisticated investment background with the experience to foresee opportunities for both its portfolio companies and funding partners. StarVest was an early investor in the software-as-a-service trend: in 2000, it invested as the only venture firm in NetSuite (NYSE: N) where Deborah Farrington currently serves as lead director.
Mr. John L. Steffens is the founder of Spring Mountain Capital and a Co-Managing Member of its general partner. Prior to this, Mr. Steffens spent 38 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he held numerous senior management positions, including president of Merrill Lynch Consumer Markets (which was later named the Private Client Group) from July 1985 until April 1997, and both vice chairman of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (the parent company) and chairman of its U.S. Private Client Group from April 1997 until July 2001. Mr. Steffens served on the board of directors of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. from April 1986 until July 2001. He also served as a member of the board of directors of Merrill Lynch Ventures, LLC (a U.S. $1.8 billion private equity fund for key employees.) Mr. Steffens has served as chairman of the Securities Industry Association, as a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and is currently National Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for Aging Research.