A startup needs a VC to raise money, but that doesn’t mean the VC needs to be a big-name investor like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
The key is finding a partner with the right skillset and to understand the company and its business.
So what does that look like?
To help, here are 10 business founders who could be key to the success of your startup.
Tim WuTim Wu, who co-founded Reddit, Twitter, and the San Francisco Bay Area’s Reddit, is an investor.
He started Reddit with his parents as a hobby, and it has since grown into a major social media platform with a $10 billion valuation.
Wu is a big fan of social networks and is a fan of investing in the space.
He says that he likes to go after the “big winners” and “the ones that make the most money.”
In this interview, he talks about the business of “sharing.”
Wu says he is excited about the opportunity for a VC who understands how to be an entrepreneur and has a knack for spotting the right investors.
Peter Thiel ThielPeter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Facebook, has a long and storied career in Silicon Valley.
Thiel, who founded PayPal, and later Facebook, was the founding board member of the Center for American Progress.
Thiel is a prolific investor, having invested in more than 100 startups.
He’s also an avid photographer, author, and filmmaker.
Thiel says he likes the idea of taking “creative risk” and making a “big, bold change.”
Paul GrahamPaul Graham, founder and CEO of social media company Airbnb, has made a name for himself in the tech world as one of the early adopters of the social networking site.
He founded Airbnb in 2006, and today it is valued at more than $600 billion.
He has been a big supporter of tech startups, and has been one of Silicon Valley’s most vocal proponents of the “sharing economy.”
Graham is a co-creator of Airbnb’s first product, the Booking.com, which lets users book guests for parties, and says the site has done a great job of connecting people and helping them stay connected.
Jack MaJack Ma, co, cofounder and CEO, of China’s Alibaba Group, has been described as one the most powerful figures in the technology world.
Ma has been involved in more venture capital rounds than any other entrepreneur, and in 2017, he raised $2.5 billion from a series of investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital.
He said that his primary goal is to help the world move away from centralized government control.
Vinod Khosla Vinod K. Khoslar, co–founder of eBay, has built a reputation as a tech investor.
As an investor, Khoslas has backed companies like Facebook, Dropbox, and Instagram.
He is also a founder of the online community Reddit.
Khasla is known for his passion for helping others and is also known for having a penchant for helping the most marginalized in society.
He once said that he believes that “sharing is the only thing that’s going to make the world a better place.”
Jack DorseyJack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, Google, and Yahoo, is one of Twitter’s earliest founders.
He helped launch the company in 2005, and helped it grow to be one of America’s top-performing social networks in 2007.
Dorsey’s background as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, social media guru, and philanthropist is also well-known.
He raised $15 billion in a Series B round in 2014 and has gone on to raise more than another $60 billion through acquisitions.
He sees social media as a big opportunity and has helped to make Twitter the most popular social network in the world.
Alex TabarrokAlex Tabarroky, founder, cofounders of Twitter and Facebook has a background in finance, venture capital, and media.
He was a founder and executive of the Silicon Valley Venture Fund (SVF) and is currently the cofounder of Twitter.
Tabarroks background in social media has been well-documented.
He also cofounded Facebook and has worked with Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg himself.
Sean ParkerSean Parker, cofounder of Tumblr and a Facebook board member, is known to be on Twitter’s board of directors.
Parker has also been one the early leaders in the growth of the blogging space.
Parker, who was a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was also a founding partner of the firm.
He and Parker have also teamed up on a number of social-media ventures.
Ben HorowitzBen Horowitz, co founder and chairman, of social networking giant LinkedIn, has also taken a leadership role in social platforms.
Horowitz is known as one who “gets things done.”
He has previously been a member of LinkedIn’s board and has served as a board member.