Google Says Kleiner is No Longer in the Venture Capital Business

Google has some curious results now and then. For example, if you search for the string “venture capital” in Google you’ll find 79mm results, but surprisingly few major venture capital firms — including neither of the two Google VCs: Sequoia and Kleiner Perkins. Granted, not a lot of entrepreneurs likely show up at Kleiner via Google searches, but it is interesting that neither Kleiner nor Sequoia even appear in the first ten pages of Google results for “venture capital”.

So, which venture firm does show up first in Google for the above search? Mobius Venture Capital. I’ll give you six guesses why Mobius does so well in Google, and the first five are wrong. My hypothesized reason: A certain prolific Boulder-based blogger. Way to go, Brad, and yet more testimony to how highly Google’s values fresh content and links.

[Update] The situation is no better for Kleiner and Sequoia in a search for “vc” in Google, other than that a blogger (Fred Wilson) now gets the number one position. I’m, of course, delighted that Google deigns to rank bloggers so highly, but all of this does smack of a flaw in Google’s algorithm — I doubt most people looking for definitive search answers on the above keywords are really looking to find itinerant venture bloggers.


  1. I seem to remember you ranking high on the “greed” keyword search. And Fred Wilson’s blog came up as number one for searches on “VC” (sometime last week). Which brought his site to a crawl for a while.

  2. Yup, I’m still number one on Google’s “greed” index. And yes, Google still has Fred Wilson has the first listing for keyword “vc” — and neither Kleiner nor Sequoia make the first ten pages of results for that keyword either!

  3. Of course this is actually an artifact of the weird stealth world of VC’s, where websites are often a single static page, term sheets are hidden behind no-shop agreements, meetings take place behind closed doors, and the less said the better. Strange world. Nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. Wait. Scratch that. Reverse it.

  4. I put this “great example of unintended consequences” category.