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The grand ambitions of Google Ventures — Tech News and Analysis

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Building a VC firm that can compete at the highest levels with the likes of Sequoia and Greylock only four years after launch isn’t an easy task, even if the firm had one of the hottest names in technology as partners. But if Google’s forays into driverless cars and Glass are any indication, the company has no problem setting its sights high.

Kevin Rose + MG Siegler = Blogging Savvy. Smart.

One way Google Ventures is working to attract young founders is the addition of young, visible partners like former Digg founder Kevin Rose and blogger-turned-VC MG SieglerWhile it boasts Android founder Rich Miner as a partner, Miner is based in Boston, and the addition of Rose and Siegler can help Google Ventures build up its local presence and visibility. So far, Google Ventures has invested in a large number of companies including Nest, DocuSign, HomeAway, and Nextdoor.

Investing $300 million per year instantly makes them one of the biggest venture capitalists in the world by volume, alongside NEA and Intel Capital.

Their annual investment budget is bigger than most venture capital firms' entire fund size.

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