New York Times and CB Insights Name Sandy Miller to Top 100 Venture Capitalists for Second Year


A trophy that says, "top 100."

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For the second year in a row, Sandy Miller of Institutional Venture Partners has been named as one of the top 100 venture capitalists in the world, according to The New York Times and CB Insights. The list is determined using data analytics focusing on investments, consistency, and reputation, among other factors. Miller is joined on the list by fellow IVP General Partner Todd Chaffee.

In addition to co-founding Thomas Weisel Partners with Silicon Valley investment banker Thom Weisel, Miller has 35 years of experience in venture capital and technology investment banking. He’s served on more than 25 public, private, and philanthropic boards. In his work he has led investments in companies such as AddThis, Constant Contact, Datalogix, OnDeck, Zynga, and many more. He was also a Managing Director at Montgomery Securities, Merrill Lynch, and DLJ, as well as a strategy consultant at Bain. Since 2006, Miller has been a Managing Director and General Partner at IVP. He ranks at #41 on the list.

Todd Chaffee, also of IVP, has been a Managing Director and General Partner since March of 2000. He has more than 25 years of experience with operating and investment, including investments in Akamai, Ariba, Business Insider, Netflix, Pandora, Yahoo, and many more. Prior to his work with IVP, Chaffee was Executive Vice President of Visa, overseeing Visa’s Advanced Technology, Strategic Planning, Corporate Development, and Equity Investment divisions. He ranks at #97 on the list.

IVP was one of the first venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road in the Silicon Valley. Founded by Reid Dennis in 1980, IVP focuses on financing later stage companies and helping with overall strategy to ensure company health.

This is the second year CB Insights and The New York Times have put together this list using CB Insights’s Investor Mosaic Algorithm. The algorithm uses straight data as well as submissions to determine the best firms and individual professionals in the venture capital market. Determining factors include investor exits, network centrality, illiquid portfolio company value, and recency of performance. Putting it all together, CB Insights and The New York Times are able to come up with a list of the current best-ranking VC professionals.


About 200 Million Snapchats are Sent Every Day


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If you haven’t already heard of the app Snapchat, then you may want to check it out. Currently people are using this service to send about 200 million snaps a day.


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Snapchat was created in 2011 by Stanford University students and is very popular among teenagers and young adults. This app allows users to send pictures or videos that erase after 4-10 seconds of viewing it.

This doesn’t mean the picture is gone forever, though. People have been known to receive “private” pictures, screenshot them, and then post them online. While some IOS users were able to be alerted if their picture was saved, that has now been disabled for iPhone users in the new iOS 7 update.

The app recently raised $60 million in funding, the IVP firm said on Monday. They also attracted a very high-profile board member, the Chief Executive of Sony Corp., Michael Lynton.

This app is continuing to attract a lot of attention, what are your thoughts on Snapchat? Do you personally use it yourself?

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