Sand Hill Road, a four square-mile area on the border of Stanford University, is home to the largest concentration of private equity funds in the world. Since 2002, I have cultivated relationships with a small number of the best funds and individual angel investors. I am myself on the prestigious Angelist.
For founders aspiring to reach nine digit exits, i.e., greater than $100,000,000 valuations, having a Sand Hill Road sponsor is a critical part of the Silicon Valley vetting process and a right of passage for many out of town teams wishing to gain entry into the Silicon Valley elite.
The following companies were launched from Sand Hill Road: Hewlett Packard, Apple Computer, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Cisco, Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft (August Capital was an early investor) YouTube, eBay, Facebook, PayPal, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, Uber and Snap Chat. Even Jeff Bezos at Amazon got his initial funding from here.