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February 14, 2014: 2:44 PM ET

Mary Meeker is helping Kleiner Perkins succeed in the world of 'digital growth.'


Mary Meeker

FORTUNE -- Mary Meeker is turning out to be a pretty good venture capitalist.

The former Morgan Stanley Internet analyst joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2011, to lead a new $1 billion fund focused on growth-stage technology companies. At the time, she had plenty of skeptics. Meeker would be in charge of KPCB's largest active fund, despite having no past professional investing experience. Moreover, wasn't KPBC chasing a later-stage fad -- perhaps in order to collect popular company "logos" -- rather than sticking to its early-stage knitting?

Today, however, Meeker's fund filed its first-ever Form 13F with the SEC -- an action prompted by the fund's holding more than $1 billion in marketable securities as of Dec. 30, 2013. What it shows is that, as of year-end, the fund had around $1.3 billion worth of stock in five publicly-traded companies. They were:

  • Facebook (FB): $21.8 million
  • FireEye (FEYE): $122 million*
  • Groupon (GRPN): $76.6 million
  • Twitter (TWTR): $1.08 billion
  • Zynga (ZNGA): $6.7 million* The FireEye stake results from the company's purchase of KPCB portfolio company Mandiant

Assuming that the fund still holds those shares today, the value would be a bit lower at $1.28 billion -- but still well above the $1 billion fund size.

More importantly, that figure doesn't include shares the fund already has sold in some of those companies, nor other big realizations like Waze (sold to Google). And then there are the portfolio's heady pre-IPO companies, which include JD.com (in registration), Docusign, Jawbone, LendingClub, One King's Lane, SoundCloud, Spotify and Square. In other words, there should be several more big wins on the horizon.

To be sure, not all of the credit goes to Meeker. For example, she wasn't even formally with the firm when it began negotiating its Twitter investment -- and several of the Digital Growth Fund's deals are co-investments with the early-stage fund.

But, ultimately, Meeker is responsible for the fund's success or failure. And, based on what we learned today, it clearly seems to be the former.

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Dan Primack joined Fortune.com in September 2010 to cover deals and dealmakers, from Wall Street to Sand Hill Road. Previously, Dan was an editor-at-large with Thomson Reuters, where he launched both peHUB.com and the peHUB Wire email service. In a past journalistic life, Dan ran a community paper in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He currently lives just outside of Boston.

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