Venture capitalists, whether part of a firm or independent angel investors, play an important role in financing tech innovation. These movers and shakers dominate venture funding.
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Andrew Chung, a principal at Lightspeed Ventures, covers the clean-tech, Internet, and software sectors, as well as education, genomics, and bioinformatics. Chung chairs the Cleantech Advisory Board for The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), serves on the Advisory Board for Stanford Energy Crossroads, and is an advisor adviser for the Clean Tech Open. With operations in the U.S., China, India, and Israel and capital commitments of more than $2 billion, Lightspeed Ventures has invested in a host of companies. Its portfolio includes Apptera, DoubleClick, GreenTech Media, Kongregate, Playdom (Disney), and Serious Business (Zynga). The firm launched the Lightspeed-Gemini Internet Lab, a joint initiative with Gemini Israel Funds to seed Israel-based Internet companies.