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We examined the outcomes of entrepreneurs turned VCs to see how many have built companies with "Unicorn" valuations. In this sample,11 of 63 built companies worth over a billion dollars.Follow Us on TwitterJoin Our Mailing List
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FounderFirmStartupAcquirerPriceCitation
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Bob DavisHighlandLycosTelefónica$12,500,000,000http://money.cnn.com/2000/05/16/europe/terra/
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Reid HoffmanGreylockLinkedinIPO$8,900,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2011/05/19/linkedin-ipo-shares-pop-84-percent-on-first-trade/
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Aneel BhusriGreylockWorkdayIPO$7,700,000,000http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/10/12/workday-ipo-pops-72-on-open/
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Joe KrausGoogle VenturesExcite@Home$6,700,000,000http://www.cbsnews.com/news/most-mergers-fail-so-why-do-them/
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Ryan McIntyreFoundryExcite@Home$6,700,000,000http://www.cbsnews.com/news/most-mergers-fail-so-why-do-them/
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Rich BartonBenchmarkExpediaIPO$4,800,000,000http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/expedia-inc-history/
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Lars DalgaardA16ZSuccessFactorsSAP$3,400,000,000http://venturebeat.com/2011/12/03/sap-acquires-successfactors-for-3-4-billion/
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Marc AndreessenA16ZNetscapeIPO$3,000,000,000http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/08/09/the-ipo-that-inflated-the-dot-com-bubble.aspx
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Marc AndreessenA16ZLoudCloud/OpsWareHP$1,600,000,000https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opsware
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Ben HorowitzA16ZLoudCloud/OpsWareHP$1,600,000,000https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opsware
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Peter ThielFounders FundPayPalEbay$1,500,000,000https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PayPal
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Larry BohnGCVPNetGenesisIPO$1,000,000,000https://venturefizz.com/blog/investor-profile-general-catalysts-larry-bohn-series-exit
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Justin KanYCombinatorTwitchAmazon$970,000,000http://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon-completes-acquisition-twitch/
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Michael SiebelYCombinatorTwitchAmazon$970,000,000http://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon-completes-acquisition-twitch/
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Scott WeissA16ZIronPort SystemsCisco$830,000,000http://www.scmagazine.com/cisco-acquires-ironport-for-830-million/article/34404/
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Omar HamouiSequoiaAdmobGoogle$750,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2009/11/09/google-acquires-admob/
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Rich BartonBenchmarkZillowIPO$539,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2011/07/19/zillow-prices-ipo-at-20-per-share-now-valued-at-nearly-540-million/
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Vinod KhoslaKhoslaSunIPO$419,900,000https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/709519/000089161899004416/0000891618-99-004416.txt
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Jason KrikorianDCM VenturesSlingEchostar$380,000,000http://www.slingbox.com/en-US/PressRoom/PressReleases/pr-echostar-slingmedia.aspx
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Joseph AnsanelliGreylockVontuSymmantec$350,000,000http://www.greylock.com/team/#joseph-ansanelli
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Josh FelserFreestyleSpinnerAOL$320,000,000https://www.crunchbase.com/acquisition/dbd664513bcbaf823610880ecf1de3c2
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Dave SamuelFreestyleSpinnerAOL$320,000,000https://www.crunchbase.com/acquisition/dbd664513bcbaf823610880ecf1de3c2
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Josh KopelmanFRCHalfEbay$312,800,000http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/EBay-Buying-Half-com-the-Company-2771869.php
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Jeff BussgangFlybridgeUpromiseSallie Mae$300,000,000https://venturefizz.com/blog/colossal-spider-web-upromise-alumni
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Brad BurnhamUSVTacodaAOL$275,000,000http://adage.com/article/digital/aol-acquires-behavioral-targeting-shop-tacoda/119478/
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Jim GoetzSequoiaVital SignsLucent$270,000,000Via Sequoia
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Jess LeeSequoiaPolyvoreYahoo$230,000,000http://www.businessinsider.com/eric-jackson-slams-yahoo-for-polyvore-acquisition-2015-12
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Kevin EfrusyAccelCoriaIBM$185,000,000http://www.crn.com/news/applications-os/57703575/ibm-to-pay-182m-in-cash-for-corio.htm
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Greg PapadopoulosNEAEXA CorpNASDAQ$135,000,000http://schnitgercorp.com/2012/07/09/exas-ipo-muddies-the-waters-in-engineering-software/
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John LillyGreylockReactivityCisco$135,000,000http://www.networkworld.com/article/2295515/lan-wan/cisco-buys-reactivity-for--135-million-to-bolster-soa-offerings.html
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Jim MoranedocsSeibel$115,000,000http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2004/12/13/daily54.html
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David SkokMatrixSilverStreamNovell$112,000,000http://www.deseretnews.com/article/918890/Novell-to-buy-SilverStream.html
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Eric PaleyFounder CollectiveBrontes3M$95,000,000http://news.3m.com/press-release/company/3m-acquires-developer-3-d-imaging-technology-digital-dentistry-brontes-technol
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Micah RosenbloomFounder CollectiveBrontes3M$95,000,000http://news.3m.com/press-release/company/3m-acquires-developer-3-d-imaging-technology-digital-dentistry-brontes-technol
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Ron ConwaySV AngelAltos NetworksAcer$94,000,000https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altos_Computer_Systems
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Chris DixonA16ZHunchEbay$80,000,000http://readwrite.com/2011/11/21/ebay_bets_80_million_on_personalization_acquires_r/
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Garrett CampExpaStumbleuponEbay$75,000,000https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StumbleUpon
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Chris DixonA16ZSiteAdvisorMcAffee$74,000,000https://mixergy.com/interviews/siteadvisor-chris-dixon-interview/
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Andy WheelerGoogle VenturesEmber TechSilicon Laboratories$72,000,000http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2012/05/21/ember-ceo-silicon-labs-acquisition-for-72m-is-right-thing-for-the-company/
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Eric VishriaBenchmarkRockmeltYahoo$70,000,000http://allthingsd.com/20130802/yahoo-paid-60m-to-70m-for-rockmelt-will-dump-browser-and-use-tech-to-better-deliver-its-media-and-mobile-properties/
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Mike Maples Jr.FloodgateMotiveAlcatel-Lucent$67,800,000https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motive,_Inc
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Aaref HilalySequoiaCenterRunSun$66,000,000http://www.information-age.com/industry/uk-industry/298306/sun-buys-centerrun-for-$60-million
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Josh FelserFreestyleGrouperSony$65,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2006/08/22/wow-grouper-sells-for-65-million/
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Dave SamuelFreestyleGrouperSony$65,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2006/08/22/wow-grouper-sells-for-65-million/
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Jenny LefcourtFreestyleWedding ChannelThe Knot$61,700,000http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20060911005080/en/Knot-Completes-Acquisition-WeddingChannel.Com
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David SkokMatrixWatermark SoftwareFileNet$61,000,000http://articles.latimes.com/1995-07-19/business/fi-25598_1_product-line
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Paul BuchheitYCombinatorFriendFeedFacebook$50,000,000http://techcrunch.com/2009/08/10/the-cost-of-friendfeed-roughly-50-million-in-cash-and-stock/
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Arad NavehBenchmarkClass DataCisco$50,000,000http://www.zdnet.com/article/cisco-to-acquire-class-data-systems-for-50m/
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Rich MinerGoogle VenturesAndroidGoogle$50,000,000http://venturebeat.com/2010/10/27/google-exec-android-was-best-deal-ever/
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Paul GrahamYCombinatorViawebYahoo$49,000,000http://news.cnet.com/Yahoo-buys-Viaweb-for-49-million/2100-1001_3-212001.html
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Trevor BlackwellYCombinatorViawebYahoo$49,000,000http://news.cnet.com/Yahoo-buys-Viaweb-for-49-million/2100-1001_3-212001.html
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Robert MorrisYCombinatorViawebYahoo$49,000,000http://news.cnet.com/Yahoo-buys-Viaweb-for-49-million/2100-1001_3-212001.html
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Sam AltmanYCombinatorLooptGreenDot$43,300,000http://allthingsd.com/20120309/green-dot-buys-location-app-loopt-for-43-4m/
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Kevin HaleYCombinatorWufooSurveyMonkey$35,000,000https://techcrunch.com/2011/04/25/wufoo-35-million-surveymonkey/
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Jason CalicanisLaunchWeblogs Inc.Aol$35,000,000http://techcrunch.com/2005/10/05/aol-acquires-weblog-inc/
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David BeiselNext View VenturesSombasaAbout.com$35,000,000http://www.cnet.com/news/about-com-buys-online-marketing-firm/
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David PakmanVenrockMyplayBertelsmann$30,000,000http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/review/2001-05-30-myplay-reut.htm
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Josh KopelmanFRCTurnTideSymmantec$28,000,000
http://www.internetnews.com/xSP/article.php/3380281/Symantec+to+Turn+Tide+on+Spam.htm
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Alexis OhanianYCombinatorRedditConde Nast$20,000,000
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/business/media/reddit-thrives-after-advance-publications-let-it-sink-or-swim.html
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Jamie GoldsteinNorthbridgePureSpeech
Voice Control Systems
$14,000,000http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/1998/04/06/story6.html
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Dalton CaldwellYCombinatoriMeemMySpace$1,000,000http://techcrunch.com/2009/11/18/myspace-signs-agreement-to-acquire-imeem/
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Joel CutlerGC
National Leisure Group, Alliance Development Group, Starboard Cruise Services
World Travel Holdings, MyPoints.com, LMVH
Undisclosed
http://www.worldtravelholdings.com/system/documents/81/original/07-24-2006_WORLD_TRAVEL_HOLDINGS_ACQUIRES_NATIONAL_LEISURE_GROUP_BECOMES_WORLDS_LARGEST_CRUISE_SELLER.pdf?1348519894
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David FialkowGC
National Leisure Group, Alliance Development Group, Starboard Cruise Services
World Travel Holdings, MyPoints.com, LMVH
Undisclosed
http://www.worldtravelholdings.com/system/documents/81/original/07-24-2006_WORLD_TRAVEL_HOLDINGS_ACQUIRES_NATIONAL_LEISURE_GROUP_BECOMES_WORLDS_LARGEST_CRUISE_SELLER.pdf?1348519894
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Brad FeldFoundtry GroupFeld SoftwareAmeridataUndisclosedhttp://newslines.org/brad-feld/sells-feld-technologies-to-ameridata/
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Kevin HarveyBenchmarkStyleWareAppleUndisclosedhttp://www.cbronline.com/news/apples_claris_buys_styleware
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Matt HuangSequoiaHotspotsTwitterUndisclosed
http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/twitter-acquires-hotspots-io-for-social-media-analytics-and-data-team/462622
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Nabeel HyattSparkConduitZyngaUndisclosedhttp://investor.zynga.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=625905
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Joe KrausGoogle VenturesJotspotGoogleUndisclosedhttp://techcrunch.com/2006/10/31/google-acquires-wiki-company-jotspot/
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Brian PokornySV AngelDailyBoothAirbnbUndisclosedhttp://venturebeat.com/2012/07/24/dailybooth-airbnb/
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Antonio RodriguezMatrixTabbloHPUndisclosedhttps://gigaom.com/2007/03/22/hp-goes-web-20-buys-tabblo/
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Jon SakodaNEAIMlogic, Inc.SymantecUndisclosedhttp://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20060213_01
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Michael SkokUnderscoreAlphabloxIBMUndisclosedhttp://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/7223.wss
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Mark SusterUpfront VenturesBuild OnlineCitadonUndisclosed
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/buildonline-and-citadon-merge-to-create-global-software-as-a-service-provider-709370.htm
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Mark SusterUpfront VenturesKoralSalesForceUndisclosed
http://www.zdnet.com/article/salesforce-com-snags-korals-web-2-0-content-management-service/
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Hemant TanejaGeneral CatalystIsoviaJP MobileUndisclosed
http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/mass-high-tech/2001/12/bostons-isovia-acquired-by-jp-mobile.html
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Bill TrenchardFRCJumpNetworksMicrosoftUndisclosedhttp://articles.latimes.com/1999/apr/27/business/fi-31442
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Qasar YounisYCombinatorTalkbinGoogleUndisclosed
http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/25/google-acquires-talkbin-a-feedback-platform-for-businesses-thats-only-five-months-old/
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