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Top 100 Networked Venture Capitalists

TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld wrote an interesting piece a last week entitled The Top 100 Networked Venture Capitalists.  In the piece he summarizes a detailed study published by Alexander Ljungqvist, and Yang Lu titled “Whom You Know Matters: Venture Capital Networks and Investment Performance written in February 2007.  The central thesis is that the more networked a VC is the better their overall performance will be.  The term networked is primarily defined by the volume, nature, and success of a VC’s co-investments with other VCs.  As Erick did in his piece, I’ve embedded the entire study at the end of this post.

The following chart shows the relative scoring of the top 100 networked venture capitalists.  Clearly there is a significant performance delta between the top 25 firms and the other 75 firms:

 top-100-networked-vcs

Here’s a list of the top 25 firms and their scores:

Rank VC Investor  Raw Score  Scaled Score

1

draper-fisher-jurvetson 6,721    100

2

sequoia-capital 6,608      98

3

accel-partners 6,505      97

4

intel-capital 5,849      87

5

first-round-capital 4,881      73

6

dag-ventures 4,857      72

7

new-enterprise-associates 4,746      71

8

kleiner-perkins-caufield-byers 4,695      70

9

benchmark-capital 4,685      70

10

ron-conway 4,484      67

11

charles-river-ventures 4,124      61

12

goldman-sachs 3,926      58

13

redpoint-ventures 3,915      58

14

general-catalyst-partners 3,814      57

15

bessemer-venture-partners 3,622      54

16

index-ventures 3,469      52

17

khosla-ventures 3,258      48

18

reid-hoffman 3,232      48

19

sigma-partners 3,227      48

20

mayfield-fund 3,186      47

21

oak-investment-partners 3,150      47

22

norwest-venture-partners 2,996      45

23

lehman-brothers 2,983      44

24

greylock 2,946      44

25

highland-capital-partners 2,917      43

 Here’s the full academic study on the topic:


Whom You Know Matters: Venture Capital Networks and Investment Performance

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