.406 Ventures provides capital and support for high-potential early stage technology companies. The firm is comprised of a veteran team of industry entrepreneurs, operators, investors and backs a number of innovative organizations, including Connotate, Bit9, and Veracode, among others.
Advance Publications, Inc., is a privately held communications company that, directly or through subsidiaries, owns Condé Nast, Parade Publications, Fairchild Fashion Media, American City Business Journals and newspapers in more than twenty-five American cities; Advance Publications' affiliated companies also have extensive interests in cable television and Internet sites, and significant ownership stakes in Discovery Communications and Reddit Inc.
Founders Fund provides capital to transformational businesses run by world-class entrepreneurs. Compass is backed by FF Angel, the early-stage investing arm of Founders Fund. Companies the firm has backed include Facebook, Quantcast, SpaceX, Spotify, RoboteX, and ZocDoc. The firm, which pursues a founder-friendly investment strategy, is managed by four partners, all of whom are themselves company founders: Peter Thiel (PayPal; Palantir); Ken Howery (PayPal); Luke Nosek (PayPal); and Sean Parker (Napster; Plaxo; founding president, Facebook).
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
With $5.4 billion of committed capital, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) is one of the premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firms in the United States. Founded in 1980, IVP has invested in over 300 companies and 103 have gone public.
Kenneth Chenault is Chairman and CEO of American Express. He also serves as a director of IBM and Procter & Gamble. In February 2011, Mr. Chenault was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is also a member of The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and a trustee of the NYU Hospitals Center and the NYU School of Medicine Foundation.
LeFrak is a preeminent, family-owned property company committed to community development and long term ownership. Our principles, consistently applied, have strengthened and deepened the expertise that supports our real estate leadership. Together with our affiliates, we have developed and built the majority of our own real estate portfolio to become one of the world’s leading property firms, leveraging our internal development and construction management capabilities. LeFrak is synonymous with excellence in design, construction, engineering, and urban planning, and our firm is acclaimed around the globe for the quality of its projects and its properties, its financial strength and conservatism, its entrepreneurial business model and its commitment to long term ownership.
Marc Benioff is Chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology. Benioff is regarded as the leader of what he has termed "The End of Software," the now proven belief that multi-tenant, cloud computing applications democratize information by delivering immediate benefits at reduced risks and costs.
The Naftali Group is a leading real estate development firm known for its signature luxury residential and mixed use properties in New York City and globally. The company's talented leadership, headed by Miki Naftali, specializes in complex financial structures, capital market financing, acquisitions, construction, marketing and design. Through its expertise and innovative development approaches, it presently owns approximately 1.3 million square feet of prime properties valued at over $1.75 billion.
Thrive Capital is one of the leading venture capital investment firms focusing on media and internet businesses. The firm, which counts Instagram, Codecademy, Fab, and Art.sy among its portfolio investments, was founded by Joshua Kushner, who had earlier founded Vostu, Brazil's largest online gaming company.