What are the world's best venture capital firms?

We build a basket of "top" VCs we'll use to represent "smart money"

Coming up with a list of the world’s best venture capital firms is not easy.

For one, the life of most funds is 10 years. And funds typically exhibit a J-curve where losing investments fail quickly, often in year two or three, whereas winners typically take seven to ten years to exit.

For the purposes of this newsletter, we’re looking for a basket of “top” VCs to represent “smart money” that we will use to evaluate investing trends in technology and the areas where value creation and change are likely to be greatest.

The typical metrics VCs are measured by include: distribution to paid in capital (DPI), total value to paid in capital (TVPI) and internal rate of return (IRR). Because these metrics vary by fund vintage, take a long time to be useful, are not published (though can be occasionally found in a pension fund limited partner’s annual report), and because we don’t need exact precision for our purposes, we will use the following mechanism to determine our “top” VC basket:

When we use the term “top VCs” in the newsletter, we are referring to the following basket of VC firms (in alphabetical order):

  1. Accel

  2. Andreesen Horowitz

  3. Battery Ventures

  4. Benchmark

  5. Bessemer

  6. DFJ

  7. Felicis Ventures

  8. First Round Capital

  9. Floodgate

  10. Foundation Capital

  11. Founders Fund

  12. General Catalyst

  13. GGV Capital

  14. Greylock

  15. Index Ventures

  16. Khosla Ventures

  17. Kleiner Perkins

  18. New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

  19. Norwest Ventures

  20. Redpoint

  21. Sequoia Capital

  22. Spark Capital

  23. Trinity Ventures

  24. Union Square Ventures