Ann Miura-Ko likes to build companies from the ground up. Since co-founding the seed-stage venture capital fund Floodgate in 2008, Miura-Ko has been investing in tiny but promising tech companies, many of which have blossomed into iconic businesses. She invested in
when there was serious discussion about leaving the “e” out of its name, in
when it was still called Zimride, and in Okta when it was dubbed Saasure.
More recent bets include companies such as Hadrian, which makes components for rockets, satellites, jets, and drones; the insurance-comparison site The Zebra; and Mem.ai, a knowledge-management tool.
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A Silicon Valley native, Miura-Ko was born to work in venture capital—she went to Palo Alto High School, less than a mile away from her current office. Miura-Ko has an electrical engineering degree from Yale, a Ph.D. in mathematical modeling of cybersecurity from Stanford, and a father who was a NASA rocket scientist.
This is Miura-Ko’s second appearance on the Barron’s list. In an interview with Barron’s last year, Miura-Ko said her technical background makes her well suited for investing in new companies. “I’d rather focus on the technology than scaling the levers of a business,” she says. “That’s what I’m an expert in—taking an idea, often no more than a set of PowerPoint slides, and putting people around it. It’s high-torque investing.”
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