Sonja Hoel Perkins
Sonja Hoel Perkins is considered one of the best-performing and most senior women in venture capital. Investing broadly in all stages and areas of information technology throughout her career, she has been able to move successfully with the times — from the PC to networking to the Internet to mobile and consumer. Her career “home runs” — where she was the start-up investor — include AcmePacket (APKT), F5 Networks (FFIV), McAfee Associates (acquired by Intel) and Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM). She also has many “doubles” and “triples.” Several of Sonja’s companies have achieved multi-billion dollar valuations. In 2015, Worth Magazine ranked Sonja #98 among the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance in the World.
Sonja began her career in venture capital in early 1989 when she joined TA Associates as an Investment Analyst. She then joined Symantec in Business Development and joined Menlo Ventures in 1994. In 1996, at the age of 29 years old, she became the youngest General Partner in the firm’s history. Sonja has won the Menlo Ventures “Investor of the Year Award” six times in seventeen years. Sonja has invested in over 60 companies throughout her career. Selected investments include 1 Mainstream, 128 Technology, Bitsight, GoldieBlox, Hint Water, Minted, Tempered Networks, The Real Real and UrbanSitter. Sonja graduated, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School.
In addition to work, Sonja focuses on her family and community. She is the founder of Project Glimmer, a non-profit organization that inspires at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting them know their community cares. She has served as a director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC), the Foundation Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Meals on Wheels of San Francisco. She is also the past President of the WAVC. Her husband is a competitive sailor and the family can often be found on the water in San Francisco Bay.