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Stanford’s Seed Fund

Posted on Sunday, Apr 6th 2008

While we’ve been on the topic of seed funding, Techcrunch is reporting the launch of a new seed fund at Stanford.

Participants include Charles River Ventures, whose QuickStart seed program has not been successful, and Computer Science professor Rajiv Motwani whose fund Dot Edu Ventures run by his wife, Asha Jadeja, hit it big with a seed investment in Google. (Rumor has it that Dot Edu made $65 Million from Google against a very small investment.)

It also includes the Founder’s Fund, another seed / early stage fund that has been very active lately, but is in deals with questionable business models such as Slide and Geni.

I fully expect plenty of experiments and innovation in the seed stage of the financing ecosystem in the next couple of years. Not all of these will work, of course, but as i constantly remind myself and my audience, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

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