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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Michael Moritz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, was one of the earliest investors in what became the dot.com boom--and he has continued to parlay his financial acumen into Web 2.0 start-ups. The Welsh-born Moritz was an early investor in Yahoo and Google, and sits on the boards of businesses such as 24/7 Customer, Agile Software, Flextronics, Google, Red Envelope, Saba Software, WebVan, and Yahoo. Recently, Sequoia has sunk funds into social media, and healthcare-related businesses such as Jive Software, AirStrip Technologies, and Evernote.