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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Guy Kawasaki, managing director of early-stage venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures, and former fellow at Apple, also is a prolific author, writing having written nine books, including his newest offering, Reality Check. In addition, Kawasaki is co-founder of Alltop, "an online magazine rack." Garage Technology invests in companies involved in software, services, clean technology, and material sciences (not life sciences). Kawasaki, with partners Henry Wong and Joyce Chung, have invested in companies such as Business Layers, Case Stack, WhiteHat Security, Tripwire, Cisco-acquired Psionic, and Pandora.