What are these 25 investors looking for at Web Summit?

We’ve already announced that investors from 500 Startups, Bloomberg Beta and Arena Ventures are coming to Web Summit.

Here are 25 more – one of whom says an investment he made at Web Summit 2011 turned out to be one of the the most important of his life.

What are they looking for?

Shervin Pishevar – Managing Director, Sherpa Ventures

Shervin was a “rookie VC” with Menlo Ventures when he made one of the most important investments of his life at Web Summit 2011.

He signed papers with Uber’s Travis Kalanick after a pint in a Dublin pub – Menlo leading Uber’s $37 million Series B.

Shervin returned to Web Summit the following year and met Scott Stanford –who also invested in Uber’s Series B – and the pair ended up founding Sherpa Ventures together.

Sonali De Rycker – General Partner, Accel Partners

Focusing on investments in the consumer internet and digital media sectors, Sonali is a general partner at global venture firm Accel Partners.

Sonali has led investments in Spotify, Avito, Wonga and KupiVIP over the course of a 12 year career in the European venture business.

Previously, Sonali worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York.

Mood Rowghani –Partner, KPCB

Mood focuses on investments in KPCB‘s digital practice, targeting high-growth internet companies that have already demonstrated strong adoption.

He previously worked at Summit partners, heading the firm’s North American internet and digital media practice.

While there, he helped lead the take-private acquisition of Answers Corp – said to be worth $900 million.

Tony Florence – General Partner, NEA

Tony co-leads NEA‘s growth equity practice, his current investments including, Cvent, EverFi, Gilt Groupe, Lot 18 and Moda Operandi.

Having joined NEA in 2008, he led the firm’s investment in Quidsi –, – which was acquired by Amazon in 2011.

NEA led Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop $10 million Series A, an investment headed by Tony.

Paul Holland – General Partner, Foundation Capital


Paul invests in the IT, consumer, and digital energy sectors, and helps early-stage startups get from zero to $100 million in revenue.

A general partner at Foundation Capital, his past investments include  Coverity – acquired by Synopsys, Averail – acquired by MobileIron, and Conformia – acquired by Oracle.

Paul has also helped take Kana Communications  and Pure Software public.

Take a look at 20 other investors coming to Web Summit:
Josh Breinlinger – Managing Director, Jackson Square Ventures
Michael Yanover – Head of Business Development, Creative Artists Agency
Matt Turck – Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
Christian Hernandez Gallardo – Managing Partner, White Star Capital
Jason Ball – Investment Director, Qualcomm Ventures
Andrea Di Camillo – Managing Partner, P101
Christina Ku – Director, Docomo Innovations
Cem Sertoglu – Partner, Earlybird Venture Capital
Toby Coppel – Co-Founder and Partner, Mosaic Ventures
Zach Piester – Managing Partner, Silver Creek Partners
Alon Lifshitz – Partner, Blumberg Capital
Alexander von Frankenberg – Managing Director, High-Tech Gruenderfonds
Steven Sarracino – Founder, Activant Capital
Sumeet Pillai  – Partner, Earlsfield Capital
Cédric Köhler – Managing Partner, Creathor Venture
Hans Janssen – CEO, WoodWing Ventures
Jan Borgstaedt – Founding Partner, JOIN CAPITAL
Erinc Alper – Managing Director, SGEK Invest
Craig Netterfield – Managing Partner, Columbia Lake Partners

A fellow investor? Join these 25 at Web Summit.

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