Sonja Hoel Perkins


Sonja Hoel Perkins has been investing “in people and companies that matter” for almost 30 years.  Considered one of the best performing and most senior technology-focused venture capitalists, she has invested in several startups that have achieved multi billion dollar valuations. Her investment “hall of fame” includes McAfee Associates, F5, Acme Packet and Q1 Labs.   In 2015, Worth Magazine ranked Sonja 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. 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, Gridgain, Hint Water, Minted, Rocksbox, Tempered Networks, The Real Real and UrbanSitter.  Sonja currently serves on the board of 128 Technology.

Sonja 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 is a director of Project Glimmer and the Pristine Mind Foundation.  She has served as a director of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC), the President’s Advisory Board at the University of Virginia, 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.

Sonja graduated, with Distinction, from the University of Virginia and received her MBA from the Harvard Business School.