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Grapevine Star – Best Media & Entertainment Venture Capital Firms

The Best Media & Entertainment Venture Capitalists

ABS Capital - doesn’t just provide capital; they actively partner with CEOs to help them build their businesses and reach the next stage of success.  Priority is investing in the best growth companies—not completing certain types of transactions or investing specific amounts.  Will take minority or majority positions, and provide capital for expansion, acquisitions or liquidity for shareholders. In over two decades of investing, they’ve done it all.

Partners have experience as C-level executives, investment bankers and investors, so they understand the challenges faced by CEOs. They have built an extensive growth company network and help CEOs attract talent to their companies and boards as well as focus on the initiatives that will create the most long-term value.

With over $2.5 billion raised since inception, ABS Capital continues to build on its strong reputation for teaming with market leaders and developing winning companies. www.abscapital.com

Accel Partners – Access Venture Partners – Early and growth stage funding around the world. A global player in the media and entertainment technology space. There is no question that you are in good global company with Accel Partners on your team. www.accel.com

Adams Street Partners – Adams Street Partners is an employee-owned private equity firm with the goal of generating exceptional investment returns. Adams Street Partners operates as one cohesive global team, integrating expertise in three disciplines: primary, secondary and direct investments.

Adams Street Partners manages over $22 billion of committed capital for institutional investors. With a globally integrated investment platform, we are committed to understanding the entire private equity landscape and accessing the most attractive investment opportunities. www.adamstreetpartners.com

Allegis Capital – Allegis Capital was originally formed within AVI Capital, a well-established high-technology seed and early-stage venture capital firm dating to 1982. AVI Management III was a sponsor and member of the General Partner in the original Media Technology Ventures, L.P. fund. www.allegiscapital.com

Alsop Louie Partners –  Alsop Louie Partners is a team of seasoned investors who are former entrepreneurs. Each partner has experience building technology or media businesses that have grown into successful publicly traded companies. Among our partners, we have experience in new media, gaming, SaaS, cloud infrastructure, security, and mobile.

As investors, we are looking for entrepreneurs who have bold ideas and are early in the development of those ideas. We look for new technologies and business models, where no market presently exists. We want companies with break-throughs that will reshape the status quo. www.alsop-louie.com

Apax Partners – Apax Partners is an independent global partnership focused solely on long-term investment in growth companies. Funds advised by Apax Partners typically invest in large companies with a value between €1bn and €5bn. The Funds invest in five sectors: Financial & Business Services, Healthcare, Media, Retail & Consumer, Tech & Telecom. www.apax.com

Battery Ventures – You’ve got a great idea, a winning product, an amazing team, a great business. You have choices. There are hundreds of firms who could invest in your business. So why choose Battery?  Yes, they have a track record of success backing breakthrough companies. They’ve been through hundreds of IPOs and M&A events. They have top quartile funds and 30 years of experience. They’ve raised $4B since inception and are investing a $750M fund, so yes, they have deep pockets along with big Rolodexes and a smart team. www.batteryventures.com

Austin Ventures - Austin Ventures (AV) is a private equity firm focused on venture capital and growth equity investments in business services and supply chain, financial services, new media, Internet, and information services companies nationally with a focus on Texas. The firm, which is based in Austin, Texas was founded in 1984. AV has raised approximately $3.9 billion since inception across ten private equity funds. In September 2008, the firm announced the closing of Austin Ventures X with $900 million of investor commitments which will be used to fund start-up capital for emerging companies and growth capital for expansion rounds and recapitalizations. www.austinventures.com

Blue Run Ventures – BlueRun Ventures is an early stage venture firm focused on mobile opportunities in key global markets.  Since inception, BlueRun has focused on working with mobile startups to shape the ever-evolving ecosystem.  We choose key geographic markets where mobile is a driving force in the way consumers and businesses interact with each other.  Today, we have offices in Menlo Park, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. Mobile Focus - Mobile is today’s pervasive computing platform and will only continue to grow, overtaking desktops and traditional software.  At BlueRun, they think of the mobile ecosystem as more than just devices.  Mobile embodies software and services, platforms and applications, infrastructure and brands.  It is the first and most often used computing interface for consumers and therefore integral to their lives.  The opportunities in the ecosystem are just beginning to unfold and they look for passionate entrepreneurs who will make those opportunities a reality. www.bluerunventures.com

Canaan Partners- Canaan Partners is a global venture capital firm that invests in people who turn visionary ideas into valuable and significant media technology & healthcare companies.

Canaan Partners does not just invest money in a company. They invest time, experience, intimate knowledge, wide connections and team approach in every venture we take on. Their goal is to create lasting partnerships with entrepreneurs and management teams who have the same drive to succeed as they do.

They offer their portfolio companies a variety of support, including: assistance in the development and review of company strategies, assistance with the recruitment of key senior management, assistance in the structuring and negotiating of strategic alliances, providing access to Canaan’s network of portfolio companies, limited partners and contacts within the business and financial communities, and providing national support through Canaan’s offices on both coasts and across the globe. www. canaanpartners.com

Carlyle Group – The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with more than $170 billion in assets under management across 113 funds and 67 fund of funds vehicles. Founded in 1987 in Washington, DC, Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms, with more than 1,400 professionals operating in 33 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Japan, Asia and Australia. www.carlylegroup.com

Comcast Ventures – Comcast Ventures, loves working with entrepreneurs who have ideas that will shift industries and impact the way people interact with their worlds and they thrive on helping take those ideas big. By combining the best characteristics of traditional venture funds with the technical insight, scale and experience of a strategic investor, CV offers a best-in-class value proposition for entrepreneurs, portfolio companies, partnering investors, and the Comcast family of companies. www.comcastventures.com

Fuse Capital - On the forefront of digital media and communications. They are comprised of some of the most experienced and visionary investors, executives and entrepreneurs in digital media and communications, we bring human capital, in addition to financial capital, to our portfolio companies. We leverage our network of relationships, hands-on experience and knowledge in these sectors to help build and grow businesses. We know that teamwork is what makes companies great and individuals better, so we focus on being there as partners, not just investors. We know that investment opportunities are global… and so are we, with investments in the United States, India and China.

Fuse Capital manages the investments and activities of the ComVentures investment funds with $1.5 billion in assets under management.

Google Ventures – They are not a typical venture capital company. They look for entrepreneurs with a healthy disregard for the impossible. Their team is diverse and so is their appetite for investing — working with companies in virtually any sector and at any stage of their media and entertainment journey.

Graylock Partners –  Greylock partners with game-changing entrepreneurs to build market-transforming companies. Their partner companies have made 150 public offerings and more than 100 of their companies have achieved profitable M&A events.

As founders, operators and investors, Greylock  strive to be the best partners for entrepreneurs building disruptive consumer and enterprise software companies. They create partnerships with tech entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of creation and support them as their companies grow and evolve.
Greylock-backed companies include Constant Contact (Nasdaq:CTCT), Data Domain (EMC),DoubleClick (Google), (Farecast (Microsoft), Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Imperva (NYSE: IMPV) LinkedIn(NYSE:LNKD), Pandora (NYSE:P), Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), RightNow Technologies (Nasdaq:RNOW, Oracle),Success Factors (Nasdaq:SFSF, SAP) and Zipcar (Nasdaq: ZIP). We continue to invest in companies that define new markets, including AirbnbApptioClouderaCoupons.comDropboxFacebook (Nasdaq: FB) One Kings LanePalo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), Redfintumblr, and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).
Greylock was founded in 1965 and has $2 billion under management. Our headquarters are in Silicon Valley and we have offices in Cambridge, Beijing and Bangalore. Greylock Israel, a partner firm, has offices in Tel Aviv and London.
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