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14 Hot Startups Funded by High-Profile Entrepreneurs

October 30, 2012
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224261
Kevin Rose, investments: Foursquare and Fab

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Kevin Rose, investments: Foursquare and Fab

Rose is the founder of Digg, a user-submitted news site where readers "Digg" the stories they like most, promoting them to the site’s coveted front page.

Investments:

Foursquare: Part of a $1.35 million, nine-participant angel investment in 2009 for the location sharing app.

Fab.com: Part of a $7.7 million, 18-participant series A funding round in 2011 for the design-centric online marketplace.  

 

Peter Thiel, investments: Facebook and Zynga

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Peter Thiel, investments: Facebook and Zynga

Thiel is the co-founder of Paypal, an online money sending site. 

Investments

Facebook: Part of an early $500,000, two-participant angel investment in 2004. Thiel’s stake in the social media giant is now estimated at $2.13 billion.

Zynga: Part of a $10 million, 10-particpant series A round of funding in 2008 for the creators of numerous hit Facebook games including Farmville. 

Related: PayPal Here Joins Mobile-Pay Apps Already There

 

Reid Hoffman, investment: Shopkick

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Reid Hoffman, investment: Shopkick

Hoffman is the co-founder of LinkedIn, an online professional networking site. 

Investments

Shopkick: Part of a $2.5 million, four-participant series A funding round in 2009, for the shopping deal app.

Related: Innovator: Shopkick's Cyriac Roeding Reinvents Retail

Kevin Hartz, investments: Pinterest and Milo

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Kevin Hartz, investments: Pinterest and Milo

Hartz is the co-founder of Eventbrite, an event promotion and ticket-sales website.

Investments

Pinterest: Part of a $500,000, 10-participant angel investment in 2010 and a $10 million, seven-participant series A funding round in 2011 for the virtual pin board site.

Milo: Part of a $950,000, seven-participant seed investment in 2008 and a $4 million, 17-participant series A round of funding in 2009, for the product comparison site.  

Eduardo Saverin, investment: ShopSavvy

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Eduardo Saverin, investment: ShopSavvy

Saverin is the former CFOand co-founder of Facebook , he has also invested in other early-stage tech startups Qwiki (an interactive video site) and Jumio (a mobile payments and identity verification company).

Investments

ShopSavvy: $7 million in venture round funding in 2011, for the comparison and mobile shopping app. 

Related: Inside the Competitive Mind of Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg (Infographic)

Chris Sacca, investments: Twitter, Kickstarter, and Instagram

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Chris Sacca, investments: Twitter, Kickstarter, and Instagram

Sacca is the founder of Lowercase Capital, a company that manages more than 50 early-stage tech startups.

Investments

Twitter: Part of a $5 million, nine-participant series A funding round in 2007, for the popular social media site. 

Kickstarter: Part of a $10 million, 18-participant venture round of funding in 2011, for the online fundrasing site.  

Instagram: Part of a $7 million, five-participant series A funding round in 2011, for the social photo-sharing app. 

Caterina Fake, investment: Esty

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Caterina Fake, investment: Esty

Fake is the co-founder of Flickr, a photo-sharing site. 

Investments

Etsy: Part of a $1 million, five-participant series A round of funding in  2006 for the online handmade marketplace.

Related: Caterina Fake on Stepping into the Unknown

Chris Dixon, investment: Voxer

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Chris Dixon, investment: Voxer

Dixon is the co-founder of  Hunch, a recomendation-sharing app.

Investments

Voxer: Part of a $30 million, six-participant venture funding round in April 2012 for the walkie-talkie smartphone app.

Timothy Ferriss, investments: Twitter and Posterous

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Timothy Ferriss, investments: Twitter and Posterous

Ferriss is the author of The 4-Hour Workweek (Crown Archetype, 2007) and has created a huge following and is a sought-after public speaker. 

Investments

Twitter: Part of a $15 million, six-participant series B funding round in May 2008 for the micro-blogging site.

Posterous: Part of a $725,000, 11-participant angel investment in December 2008. Posterous has simplified blogging and now has more than 15 million monthly users.