The 50 most important VCs in New York, according to other VCs


By April Joyner

Mitchell Green, Lead Edge Capital

A former alpine ski racer, Mitchell Green cut his teeth in venture capital at Bessemer Venture Partners. Now he has an arsenal of hits under his own firm, Lead Edge Capital, which he founded in 2009.

The firm’s successful exits include Asana, Spotify, and Uber, and it’s also invested in Benchling, Bird, and Toast.

Green attributed much of his success to cold-calling hot startups and slowly winning over the ones that initially turn down his overtures, as he told Insider’s Julie Bort in October. “We want the CEOs who are like, ‘I don’t need your money. I don’t want your money. I’m growing really fast,'” he said.