I came across an interesting map searching for Stanford Alums. My LinkSViewer search explored the most active board members (8 or more current boards) with the People/Education filter “Stanford.” The 8 board members found were Sam Colella, Taher Elgamal, Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, Arjun Gupta, Guy Kawasaki, Steve Krausz, and David Sze. I then performed a “double filter” by then repeating the Stanford People/Education filter for the resultant map - in effect reducing the map to include only those companies and board members that have more than one Stanford tie. Elgamal, Gupta, and Sze were removed as isolates in the network. However, Kevin Fong, Colin Savage, John Young, and Peter Fenton were added to the network as Stanford Alums with less than 8 current boards. The resultant relational map is below (Click on Map for an enlarged view in a separate window - registration required).
Recent PEHub, Valleywag, and Venture Beat blog posts on Sequoia partners Pierre Lamond and Mark Kvamme (Lamond is Kvamme’s father-in-law) question their ties to Artis Capital (where Pierre’s son David works). But apart from being related in marriage and partners in a large VC firm, what businesses do Kvamme and Lamond have in common? And what is Lamond’s relationship to YouTube? This post examines two maps illustrating the board relations between Kvamme-Lamond and Lamond-YouTube.
The above relational map illustrates that Kvamme and Lamond do not have much business in common. Mark Kvamme was on the management team (CEO) of CKS Group (blue link), where Pierre Lamond was on the Outside Board (red link) - CKS Group was acquired/merged with US Web in 1998 for $344M. Kvamme (who joined Sequoia in 1999) presently serves on the board of Cast Iron Systems with Lamond, along with Promod Haque of Norwest Venture Partners. The interesting tidbit here is that both Lamond and Haque sit on the board of Open Silicon, which was recently invested in by Artis Capital (where David Lamond works). Thus, there are board relations between Kvamme and Lamond, but also between Lamond and Haque. And despite the real family ties of Kvamme-Lamond, there are also business-familiy ties from Sequoia to Norwest. The point here is that Silicon Valley is actually one big family and that nepotism is a relative term - who is connected to whom professionally plays a more integral role in Valley ventures.
Alerted by a Venture Beat post, I decided to investigate the Silicon Valley investing world of super-angel Ron Conway. The results are various map types (Relational Investment, Investor, Company); Trends (Back-of-the-envelope statistics using the Map Options/Node Content features of LinkSViewer 1.2); and basic network analysis.
Relational Map and Analysis
First, I examined the Relational Investment Map of Ron Conway. I searched for Ron Conway as an investor and then displayed his Relational Investment network map (the second tab from the left on LinkSViewer 1.2. (Click on each map to goto LinkSViewer’s free version, sign-up required for live map manipulation).
All of the links to LinkSViewer maps in this post are viewable by anyone. However, if you want to manipulate the maps, you must be a registered LinkSViewer user. Registration is free and easy. Just go to one of the maps, try to click around, and you will be prompted to login (or register). Or just click here to sign up now.
I was playing around with the network for Kevin Fong, one of the most connected board members in our database when I digressed and began to play with the combined network for two fairly large investors - Mayfield Fund and Foundation Capital. If you click on Kevin’s name (above) you will see a map that shows how Mayfield and Foundation are very centrally located because of the amount of common companies they share with him. Mayfield should be no surprise because he is a general partner there, but it got me to start wondering about what else Mayfield has in common with Foundation… Continue reading Mayfield Fund & Foundation Capital - Management Interlock Relationships…
Continuing the theme from the previous post, I began by searching for Venture Capital firms with 8 or more active investments that were founded in 2001 or later in the Software and Internet Sectors. My LinkSViewer search returned 8 VC firms: Accel Partners, Bay Partners, Benchmark Capital, Hummer Windblad Venture Partners, NEA, Partech International, Sequoia Capital, and US Venture Partners. I next filtered the map by including only private companies in the Software and Internet sectors, founded 2001 or later, with at least $10M in capital and then removed pendants (which removed Hummer Windblad as an isolate). The resulting map of 7 target VC firms is below (Click on map to view full-sized image in a separate window).
I was forwarded a request to map the “Movers and Shakers” in the Silicon Valley. I began by searching for individual investors with 5 or more investments, 3 of which are in active companies that were founded in 2001 or greater in the Software and Internet Sectors. My LinkSViewer search returned 8 people: Marc Andreessen, Jeff Clavier, Ron Conway, Reid Hoffman, Josh Kopelman, Joe Kraus, Michael Tanne, and Peter Thiel. I then filtered in their related companies, investors, and board members, and then removed pendants from the map. The resulting map provided some insight into Silicon Valley relational capital (Click on map to view full-sized image in a separate window).