Facebook VC: We’re Investing in Facebook Apps Too

For Facebook application developers, not all VCs are created equal…at least when it comes to the support they can lend your company if they also happen to, say, sit on the board of Facebook itself.

That’s the position Jim Breyer, David Sze, and Paul Madera find themselves in as they size up pitches from application developers for Accel, Greylock, and Meritech Capital, respectively. Not only do they have the inside track on spotting up and coming applications, but they also have the power to make life for an application developer considerably smoother.

As for Accel, Jim Breyer tells us that his fund is “actively evaluating important application developers” in the “video, utility, gaming, and entertainment” categories, but is not yet announcing any deals. Depending on how you look at it, that’s either great or terrible news to all the other video, gaming, and entertainment apps out there :)

However, it’s unlikely that Accel will launch a SNAP (Social Network APplication) fund like AppFactory at Bay Partners. Accel will just invest in Facebook app developers from their existing funds.

Cultivating the Facebook application economy is in nobody’s better interest than Accel, Greylock, and Meritech. Owning successful applications is twice is sweet when you own the platform too.


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10 Responses to “Facebook VC: We’re Investing in Facebook Apps Too”

  1. dave mcclure says:

    hmmm… well I certainly agree these guys are smart & have the inside track with Facebook, but the discussion above feels a *little* too genuflective.

    I think what could be overlooked here is whether *Facebook* itSELF takes a more proactive role in its own platform business (whether that’s good or bad, right or wrong).

    guess it just seems a bit unlikely that Facebook’s VCs have so much power, other than being able to make privileged introductions and get their folks at the front of the line.

    i’d say the power locus still rests with the Facebook exec team. let’s hope they handle those reins well…

    - dave mcclure

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    Invest in Facebook NEVER!!!

    These idiots don’t even post a customer service phone number. The site is hackable and has zero security. Facebook is a joke.

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