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The Top 100 Venture Partners on the planet

Published Wed, March 12, 2014

This year, AlwaysOn honors the talented investors in the Global Silicon Valley who have been funding technologies greatest ideas in digital entertainment, on-demand computing, cloud and infrastructure, and digital media. With the advent of a strong layer of early funding options, more companies are coming into the VC sphere with engaging products and well-developed business plans.

Competition remains fierce for VC dollars, and the 2013 Venture Capital 100 winners have brought strong products forward, creating vibrant new companies and invaluable new services. With the mobile world still dominating the technology marketplace, both business and consumer users are being treated to plenty of choices in terms of products and services.

Other legacy institutions such as healthcare are expanding into the technology datasphere as quickly as apps can be built. New security applications are emerging that do far more than regulate traffic. These stalwart, efficient services can now protect valuable data without hindering communication. And behind it all the cloud-public, private, and hybrid-is providing a robust backbone for deployment and storage.

Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The VC100 winners represent an amazing range of expertise-mobile, cloud, on-demand, SaaS, advertising, digital entertainment, infrastructure. They are seeking out the best the entrepreneurial community has to offer, ensuring that the very best ideas have their chance to become successful, sustainable, profitable companies.

AlwaysOn editors compiled the 2013 VC 100 with help from our research partners at Morgan Stanley. The winning venture capitalists were selected based on total number and dollar amounts of successful

M&A and IPO deals during the last two years (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2013) from their portfolio companies. We acknowledge that our editors were not privy to the valuations paid by investors at each respective financing round, so this list is based upon our best educated estimation.

Congratulations to this year’s Venture Capital 100 winners. Backed by the people on this lies, the top venture capital funded technology companies continue to bring new, innovative products, services, and applications to the world. As the strength of the Global Silicon Valley flourishes, the opportunities for this year’s winners remain limitless.


Introducing the 2013 Venture Capital 100

VC of the Year

Introducing the 2013 Venture Capital 100: VC of the Year Fred Wilson

Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

www.usv.com

www.avc.com

Notable Exits: Twitter, LendingClub, Tumblr

For years, the editors at AlwaysOn have been spreading the word about the Global Silicon Valley, and one of the hottest trends during the last several years is the establishment of entrepreneurial communities outside the traditional confines of Silicon Valley in Northern California. One of the most lucrative startup markets is in New York City, and this year's Venture Capitalist of the Year, Fred Wilson, exemplifies what characterizes the New York venture scene-tenacity coupled with the uncanny ability to re-create and re-invent itself in the face of daunting odds.

Early in his venture investing career, Mr. Wilson and his partner Jerry Colonna founded Flatiron Partners (named after the famed NYC district). The year was 1996, and as we now know, the dot-com bubble was expanding at an alarming rate. Flatiron put NYC venture funding on the map, with its many successes and failures. Like a lot of high flyers during that heady time, the fund shut down in 2001, with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Colonna managing the remainder of its portfolio.

Along with many VCs who experienced the devastation of the dot-com collapse, hindsight taught the members of the technology community some hard lessons about the entrepreneurial rollercoaster. Bloodied, but unbowed, Mr. Wilson began anew with partner Brad Burnham, founding Union Square Ventures in 2004. Union Square Ventures handles primarily early-stage investments, focusing on young technology companies in the media, marketing, financial services, mobile, and healthcare markets.

Mr. Wilson and his partners at Union Square have many notable exits to their credit, including Foursquare, Meetup, Zynga, del.icio.us, Etsy, FeedBurner, Heyzap, Indeed.com, Tacoda, Disqus, and Clickable. In 2013, the fund's major exits included Twitter, Tumblr, and LendingClub. Twitter was 2013's largest IPO, raising $2.1 billion in November. Union Square was one of several investors that participated in Twitter's Series A in mid-2007. The firm also participated in its B and C rounds in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Union Square benefitted from its $24.5 billion valuation, along with other savvy investors who saw the potential of this "tiny" app back in 2006.

Mr. Wilson has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His blog, AVC, is extremely popular, inviting comment on many topics that are affecting the venture industry and innovation community today. Never one to shy away from controversy, his discussions attract comments from VCs from all corners of the Global Silicon Valley, and offer advice to entrepreneurs who think they're ready to take the step into the venture funding world.

The immediate future is an entrepreneur's market. New technology sectors are opening up almost more rapidly than innovators can respond. The venture industry is shaking itself up, as more front-end, early-stage options abound. As the competition for venture capital tightens, you can be sure that Mr. Wilson and his partners at Union Square will be on the forefront of helping the most successful ideas become the most successful businesses.

The 2013 Venture Capital 100

Neeraj Agrawal

General Partner, Battery Ventures

www.battery.com

Notable Exits: Marketo

Marc Andreessen

Co-Founder, Andreessen Horowitz

a16z.com

Notable Exits: Twitter

Mark Bailey

Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

www.dfj.com

Notable Exits: Silver Spring

Thomas Ball

General Partner, Austin Ventures

www.austinventures.com

Notable Exits: RetailMeNot

Karey Barker

Managing Director, Cross Creek Advisors

crosscreekadvisors.com

Notable Exits: Rocket Fuel

Forest Baskett

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

www.nea.com

Notable Exits: Tableau Software

Jeff Bezos

Founder, Bezos Expeditions

www.bezosexpeditions.com

Notable Exits: Twitter

George Bischof

Managing Director, MeriTech Capital Partners

www.meritechcapital.com

Notable Exits: Barracuda Networks, Model N

James Boettcher

Founding Partner, Focus Ventures

www.focusventures.com

Notable Exits: Marin Software, Cyan

Rick Bolander

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Gabriel Venture Partners

www.gabrielvp.com

Notable Exits: Chegg

John Borthwick

CEO, Betaworks Studio

betaworks.com

Notable Exits: Twitter

Roelof Botha

Partner, Sequoia Capital

www.sequoiacap.com

Notable Exits: FireEye, Xoom, Tumblr

Ben Boyer

Managing Director, Tenaya Capital

www.tenayacapital.com

Notable Exits: Qunar

Michael Brown

General Partner, Battery Ventures

www.battery.com

Notable Exits: ExactTarget

Bradford Burnham

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

www.usv.com

Notable Exits: Tumblr

Daniel Burstein

Founder and Managing Partner, Millennium Technology Value Partners

mtvlp.com

Notable Exits: Twitter

W. Eric Carlborg

Partner, August Capital

www.augustcap.com

Notable Exits: Zulily

Navin Chaddha

Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

www.mayfield.com

Notable Exits: Quanar, SolarCity, Zenprise

Todd Chaffee

Managing Director and General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners

www.ivp.com

Notable Exits: Twitter, Websense

Max Chee

Partner, Millennium Technology Value Partners

mtvlp.com

Notable Exits: Tumblr

Young Chung

Managing Director, DAG Ventures

www.dagventures.com

Notable Exits: RingCentral, YuMe

Bruce Cleveland

General Partner, InterWest Partners

www.interwest.com

Notable Exits: Marketo

Kevin Comolli

Partner, Accel Partners

www.accel.com

Notable Exits: Supercell

Ron Conway

Special Advisor, SV Angel

svangel.com

Notable Exits: Twitter, Locu

Byron Deeter

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

www.bvp.com

Notable Exits: Criteo, Adap.tv

John Doerr

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

www.kpcb.com

Notable Exits: Twitter

Barry Eggers

Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

lsvp.com

Notable Exits: Nimble Storage

Marie Ekeland

Partner, Elaila Partners

www.elaia.com

Notable Exits: Criteo

Bill Ericson

General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

www.mdv.com

Notable Exits: Rocket Fuel

Karim Faris

Partner, Google Ventures

www.gv.com

Notable Exits: RetailMeNot

Peter Fenton

General Partner, Benchmark Capital

www.benchmark.com

Notable Exits: Twitter

Adam Fisher

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

www.bvp.com

Notable Exits: Wix, Intucell, Soluto

Tony Florence

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

www.nea.com

Notable Exits: Cvent

Norm Fogelsong

General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners

www.ivp.com

Notable Exits: Marketo

Sameer Gandhi

Partner, Accel Partners

www.accel.com

Notable Exits: Sourcefire, Gracenote

John Gardner

Partner, Nokia Growth Partners

www.nokiagrowthpartners.com

Notable Exits: Rocket Fuel

Gaurav Garg

Founding Partner, Wing Venture Partners

wing.vc

Notable Exits: FireEye

Aaron Gershenberg

Managing Partner, SVB Capital

www.svb.com/svbcapital/

Notable Exits: FireEye

Randall Glein

Managing Director, DFJ Growth

www.dfjgrowth.com

Notable Exits: Tremor Video, Tumblr

Jim Goetz

Partner, Sequoia Capital

www.sequoiacap.com

Notable Exits: Nimble Storage, Barracuda Networks

Michael Goguen

Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital

www.sequoiacap.com

Notable Exits: Virident Systems

Greg Goldfarb

Managing Director, Summit Partners

www.summitpartners.com

Notable Exits: Rocket Fuel

David Golob

Partner, Francisco Partners Management

www.franciscopartners.com

Notable Exits: Barracuda Networks

Bob Goodman

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

www.bvp.com

Notable Exits: Liazon Corporation, Intucell

Mike Gordon

Managing Director, MeriTech Capital Partners

www.meritechcapital.com

Notable Exits: Cyan, Tremor, Sourcefire

Mark Gorenberg

Founder and Managing Member, Zetta Venture Partners

www.zettavp.com

Notable Exits: Marketo

Benoist Grossmann

Managing Partner, IDInvest Partners

www.idinvest.com/en/

Notable Exits: Criteo

Tim Guleri

Managing Director, Sierra Ventures

www.sierraventures.com

Notable Exits: Sourcefire

Promod Haque

Senior Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

www.nvp.com

Notable Exits: FireEye, Cyan, Virtela Technology Services

Paul Holland

General Partner, Foundation Capital

www.foundationcapital.com

Notable Exits: Chegg

Robert Hower

General Partner, G20 Ventures

www.atvcapital.com

Notable Exits: Acme Packet, Channel Advisor

Joi Ito

Co-Founder, DG Incubation

www.dgincubation.co.jp/en/

Notable Exits: Twitter

Brent Jones

Managing Director, Northgate Capital Group

www.northgatecapital.com

Notable Exits: Rocket Fuel

Jeff Jordon

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

a16z.com

Notable Exits: Zulily

Deepak Kamra

General Partner, Canaan Partners

www.canaan.com

Notable Exits: Acme Packet

Raj Kapoor

Venture Advisor, Mayfield Fund

www.mayfield.com

Notable Exits: Qunar

Vijay Khanna

General Partner, GIV Venture Partners

www.givventurepartners.com

Notable Exits: Cvent

Ben Kortlang

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

www.kpcb.com

Notable Exits: Silver Spring

Larry Kubal

Partner, Labrador Ventures

www.labrador.com

Notable Exits: Rocket Fuel

Doug Leone

Partner, Sequoia Capital

www.sequoiacap.com

Notable Exits: RingCentral

Jeffrey Lieberman

Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners

www.insightpartners.com

Notable Exits: Cvent

John Lilly

Partner, Greylock Partners

www.greylock.com

Notable Exits: Tumblr

Richard Lim

Managing Director, GSR Ventures Management

www.gsrventures.cn/en/

Notable Exits: Qunar

Frank Lin

General Partner, DCM

www.dcm.com

Notable Exits: 58.com

Jeff Lipton

Vice President, Venture and Strategic Investments, Juniper Networks

www.juniper.net

Notable Exits: FireEye, Cyan

John Malloy

Co-Founder and General Partner, BlueRun Ventures

brv.com

Notable Exits: Waze Mobile, Topsy Labs

Jules Maltz

General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners

www.ivp.com

Notable Exits: RetailMeNot

Mike Maples Jr.

Managing Partner, Floodgate

floodgate.com

Notable Exits: Twitter, YuMe, Chegg

Mary Meeker

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

www.kpcb.com

Notable Exits: Waze Mobile, LendingClub

Jeb Miller

General Partner, JAFCO Ventures

www.jafco.com

Notable Exits: FireEye, MoPub

Yuri Milner

Founder, DST Global

www.dstglobalsolutions.com

Notable Exits: Twitter

Yatin Mundkur

Partner, Artiman Ventures

www.artiman.com

Notable Exits: Virident Systems

Tae Hea Nahm

Founding Managing Director, Storm Ventures

www.stormventures.com

Notable Exits: Marketo

Rory O'Driscoll

Founding Member and Partner, Scale Venture Partners

www.scalevp.com

Notable Exits: ExactTarget

Deven Parekh

Managing Director, Insight Venture Partners

www.insightpartners.com

Notable Exits: Chegg, Twitter

Douglas A. Pepper

General Partner, InterWest Partners

www.interwest.com

Notable Exits: Marketo

Sonja Perkins

Managing Director, Menlo Ventures

www.menloventures.com

Notable Exits: Acme Packet

Nick Pianim

Managing Director, DAG Ventures

www.dagventures.com

Notable Exits: FireEye

Shervin Pishevar

Venture Advisor, Menlo Ventures

www.menloventures.com

Notable Exits: Tumblr

Ned Renzi

Founding Partner, Birchmere Ventures

www.birchmerevc.com

Notable Exits: Cvent

Gordon Ritter

Founder and General Partner, Emergence Capital Partners

www.emcap.com

Notable Exits: Veeva Systems

T.J. Rylander

Partner, In-Q-Tel

www.iqt.org

Notable Exits: FireEye

Bijan Sabet

General Partner, Spark Capital Partners

www.sparkcapital.com

Notable Exits: Tumblr, Twitter

Scott Sandel

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

www.nea.com

Notable Exits: Workday, Tableau, Spreadtrum

Theodore Schlein

General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

www.kpcb.com

Notable Exits: Chegg, The 41st Parameter, EdgeSpring

Barry Schuler

Managing Director, DFJ Growth

www.dfjgrowth.com

Notable Exits: Twitter, Tumblr

Samuel Schwerin

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Millennium Technology Value Partners

mtvlp.com

Notable Exits: Chegg

Craig Sherman

Managing Director, MeriTech Capital Partners

www.meritechcapital.com

Notable Exits: Zulily

Jaon Stoffer

General Partner, Maveron

www.maveron.com

Notable Exits: Zulily

Sunny Sugaya

General Partner, JAFCO Ventures

www.jafco.com

Notable Exits: FireEye

Ryan Sweeney

General Partner, Accel Partners

www.accel.com

Notable Exits: Braintree Payment Solutions

Gus Tai

General Partner, Trinity Ventures

www.trinityventures.com

Notable Exits: Zulily

Rob Theis

Managing Director, Scale Venture Partners

www.scalevp.com

Notable Exits: RingCentral

Robin Vasan

Managing Dircetor, Mayfield Fund

www.mayfield.com

Notable Exits: Marketo

Dominique Vidal

Partner, Index Ventures

www.indexventures.com

Notable Exits: Criteo

Ravi Viswanathan

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

www.nea.com

Notable Exits: Braintree Payment Solutions

Peter Wagner

Founder, Wing Venture Partners

wing.vc

Notable Exits: Nimble Storage

Rob Ward

Managing Director, MeriTech Capital Partners

www.meritechcapital.com

Notable Exits: Tableau Software, Rally Software

David Weiden

Partner, Khosla Ventures

www.khoslaventures.com

Notable Exits: RingCentral

Warren Weiss

General Partner, Foundation Capital

www.foundationcapital.com

Notable Exits: Silver Spring

Harry Weller

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates

www.nea.com

Notable Exits: Sourcefire

George Zachary

General Partner, Charles River Associates

www.crai.com

Notable Exits: Twitter