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|Limited liability company|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Products||Business Incubator, Investments, Venture capital, Growth capital|
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i/o Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based startup funding firm, started in 2009 by Aber Whitcomb (co-founder of MySpace), Ashwin Navin (co-founder of BitTorrent), Jim Young (co-founder of Hot Or Not), and Paul Bragiel (co-founder of Lefora). i/o Ventures provides seed money, advice, and connections during a 6-month program conducted at company's San Francisco Mission District office. The fund receives 8% of the company's common stock on average. i/o Ventures typically invests $25,000 in its startups.
i/o Ventures emphasizes its mentorship on its website and the availability of experienced entrepreneurs to its startups. Its roster of well-known mentors is noteworthy including:
- Aaron Patzer, founder and CEO of Mint.com
- Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of MySpace
- Darcy Antonellis, CTO of Warner Bros.
- David Ulevitch, founder and CEO of OpenDNS
- David Weekly, founder of SuperHappyDevHouse, HackerDojo, PBworks
- Jameson Hsu, founder and CEO of Mochi Media
- Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube
- Kevin Rose, founder of Digg
- Mike Arrington, founder and CEO of TechCrunch
- Philip J. Kaplan, co-founder of AdBrite, Blippy
- Richard Yoo, co-founder and former CEO of Rackspace
- Maryse Thomas, founder and CEO of Pokeware
- Russel Simmons, co-founder and CTO of Yelp, Inc.
- Ted Rheingold, founder and CEO of Dogster, Inc.