An American venture capitalist and former Wall Street securities analyst, Mary Meeker has raised $1.25 billion in capital commitments for her debut fund called Bond Capital, as reported by Axios. With this, she created history in launching the first female-founded, female-led venture capital fund to cross the billion-dollar threshold.

In 2014, Mary Meeker was named as the 77th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. She is also one of the most followed technology forecasters. Meeker previously used to work with Kleiner Perkins, the Silicon Valley investing giant, from where she split in September 2018. The fund’s total number might be higher since the firm hasn’t announced a final close.

Meeker during her tenure with Kleiner Perkins, was responsible for  several of the firm’s most profitable investments like Airbnb, Uber, Houzz, Slack, Peloton and, more recently, fintech platform Plaid and subscription lifestyle brand FabFitFun.

Meeker started as a Wall Street analyst in the late 90s while also betting on risky dot-com stocks. She has also served as the Managing Director at Morgan Stanley for two years. Post this, she joined Kleiner Perkins. Meeker during her tenure with Kleiner Perkins, was responsible for  several of the firm’s most profitable investments like Airbnb, Uber, Houzz, Slack, Peloton and, more recently, fintech platform Plaid and subscription lifestyle brand FabFitFun. Meeker has also articulated USA Inc, a non-partisan report that looks at the working of USA Government from the business perspective. Successful stocks that Meeker championed earlier on included Dell, Microsoft, Intuit, Netscape, AOL, Amazon.com, Yahoo!, eBay and Google. Failed picks included AOL after its takeover of Time Warner, Excite@Home, and drugstore.com.

Meeker and Chris DePuy collectively published ‘The Internet Book’ while working with Morgan Stanley. The book gained such fame that it came to be known as the bible for investors in the     dot-com boom. The book became popular both in the online and in the offline versions.

Meeker and Chris DePuy collectively published ‘The Internet Book’ while working with Morgan Stanley. The book gained such fame that it came to be known as the bible for investors in the dot-com boom. The book became popular both in the online and in the offline versions. Thereby, Morgan Stanley, in the coming years, started publishing other such reports by Mary Meeker on topics such as online advertising, e-commerce, evolution of search, the Internet in China, and the mobile Internet.

She is one of the most respected Internet experts anywhere. She was also declared as one of the ten most influential women in technology in 2012 by the TIME Business Magazine. In her fortune profile in 2006, Andrew Serwer, and American Journalist and Editor-in-Chief of the Yahoo Finance, called her, “absolutely first rate when it comes to spotting big-picture trends before they come into focus.” To this day, her annual Internet trends presentation is intensely scrutinised for its Delphic predictions about the future of the Internet.

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