CB Insights has released its third annual list of the top venture capitalists in partnership with The New York Times.
The list was compiled based on the following factors:
- Investor’s Exits – the frequency/volume, size, and stage of investment entry.
- Illiquid Portfolio Company Value – frequency, size, and stage of investment entry in high value, but un-exited, companies (given less weight due to illiquidity).
- Recency of Performance – focus on metrics since 2009. This is a ranking of today’s best VCs — not the best VCs in history.
Benchmark partner Bill Gurley was ranked No. 1 on the list and he led the firm’s investment in Uber. Steve Anderson was No. 2 from Baseline Ventures. Joshua Kopelman from First Round Capital was No. 3. First Round was the first major investor in Uber in 2010 when it was valued at just $4 million. Today, Uber is valued at $68 billion and still privately held.
Here are the Top 20 venture capitalists from CB Insights and The New York Times:
|2||Steve Anderson||Baseline Ventures|
|3||Joshua Kopelman||First Round Capital|
|4||Alfred Lin||Sequoia Capital|
|5||Brian Singerman||Founders Fund|
|6||Jeffrey Jordan||Andreessen Horowitz|
|7||Rob Hayes||First Round Capital|
|8||Ravi Mhatre||Lightspeed Venture Partners|
|9||Mary Meeker||Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers|
|10||Jeremy Liew||Lightspeed Venture Partners|
|11||Neil Shen||Sequoia Capital China|
|13||Asheem Chandna||Greylock Partners|
|14||Kirsten Green||Forerunner Ventures|
|15||Aydin Senkut||Felicis Ventures|
|17||Danny Rimer||Index Ventures|
|18||Robert Nelsen||ARCH Venture Partners|
|19||Frederick Wilson||Union Square Ventures|
|20||Neeraj Agrawal||Battery Ventures|