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Hot prospects: Top 10 VCs under 36

-- Lawrence Aragon is the Editor-in-Chief of Thomson Reuters publication the Venture Capital Journal and compiled this list with the help of his VCJ staff of editors and contributors. --

Let me introduce you to 10 young venture capitalists who are poised to do great things. All of our “Hot Prospects” are 35 years old or younger and all have yet to make their mark in VC.

While you may not be familiar with Chi-Hua Chien, 32, of Kleiner Perkins, Phin Barnes, 34, of First Round, Alex Kinnier, 33, of Khosla Ventures, Ken Howery, 34, of Founders Fund or Ann Miura-Ko, 33, of Floodgate, we’re sure you will be in the next several years.

Read the profiles by clicking on the pictures below.

In compiling our list of “Hot Prospects,” we didn’t have hard data to crunch. Our picks haven’t been in the business long enough to have had a major exit. So we looked at a variety of other factors that suggest future success, such as praise from experienced VCs, founding or helping to build a stellar company, successful angel investments, rapid promotion to partner, early investments in promising private companies, technical wizardry, and overcoming a major challenge.

These young VCs know that venture returns are down, that new funds are more difficult to raise, that more firms are closing their doors and that most venture capitalists haven’t received a carry check in years. And yet, these off-the-chart smart, talented people have chosen VC as their career. In fact, half of them left great jobs at Google, Microsoft and Tesla Motors to work in venture.

Google’s buying binge

GOOGLE/One small acquisition a month, Google chief Eric Schmidt projected last fall when announcing the internet giant was back on the hunt for privately owned firms after a short recession-induced break from buying.

“There may be larger acquisitions, but they really are unpredictable,” he told Reuters at the time.

Google has mostly stuck to its plan and even made of few of those riskier big buys. Since Schmidt’s revelations, the Web search giant has scooped up everything from small start-ups to much-larger industry rivals such as mobile advertising firm AdMob, a $750 million acquisition that many thought would land Google in an antitrust court battle. Indeed, the company has outpaced itself, buying more than just one firm a month in a few instances.

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Learning from Rosetta Stone


After its blockbuster debut on the New York Stock Exchange, language software maker Rosetta Stone is poised to teach more than just new languages -- it may also serve as a model for start-ups looking to go public in the midst of a recession.

In an interview with peHUB, Phil Clough of Rosetta Stone investor ABS Capital shared his thoughts on what made the company such a draw. The IPO earned ABS more than 6 times its initial investment.

What did Rosetta do right? For starters, it offered what ABS managing general partner Phil Clough calls "substance".  Its online business business model was attractive, and its content and size gave it clout amid a crowded education sector.