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 devices. Her career “home runs” include AcmePacket (APKT), F5 Networks (FFIV), McAfee Associates (acquired by Intel) and Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM) where she was the start-up investor. Many of her investments have achieved multi-billion dollar valuations.
Hoel Perkins 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 Menlo Ventures in 1994. In 1996, at the age of 29, she became the youngest general partner in the firm’s history. Hoel Perkins has won Menlo’s “Investor of the Year Award” six times in 17 years. She has invested in and served on the boards of more than 40 companies throughout her career. Selected current investments include Flurry, 3VR, Ditto, HealthTap, Kitchit, Mee Genius, Minted.com, nCircle, Prism Skylabs, Sky Channel, Strevus and UrbanSitter. Hoel Perkins graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia and from the Harvard Business School.
Hoel Perkins deeply values family and community. She is the founder of ProjectGlimmer, a non-profit organization that improves the self-esteem of teens and women by providing holiday gifts. 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.