Garage Technology Ventures helps get start-up companies on the road. The firm focuses on investing in seed-stage and early-stage emerging technology companies based in California and the western US. The firm also organizes events like its renowned "Art of the Start" and "Launch: Silicon Valley" conferences. Investments usually range from $500,000 to $3 million. Its portfolio of cutting-edge companies develops employment search engines, voice communications software and more. Garage has raised more than $400 million in venture capital since 1997 and has expanded to include an affiliate in Canada. Founders include CEO and former Apple "Chief Evangelist" Guy Kawasaki and "Forbes" publisher Rich Karlgaard.