VC firms don’t actually make investment decisions, sit on boards, or build relationships with entrepreneurs – their people do. We asked the question: Who are some of the best VCs out there?
Using CB Insights data and some network analysis techniques & algorithms (see interactive social graph here), we’re able to provide some perspective into who the best VCs are:
So first, some highlights:
- Ted Schlein of Kleiner Perkins and Ping Li of Accel Partners sit on the most Tech IPO Pipeline company boards – 7 each.
- Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz ranks highest on measures of Betweenness and Reach
- Peter Fenton of Benchmark ranks highest on Influence
- Brian Schreier of Sequoia Capital is the happiest VC
What does this all mean?
With Investor Mosaic, CB Insights is using predictive models & analytics to assess VC firm quality. But the question that often comes next from LPs relates to individual partners at each firm. Specifically, they wonder about the following:
- When they see turnover at a firm at the partner level, how should they read this? In short, turnover is not always a bad thing, but how can LPs understand when it is and when it is not?
- Related to the question above, LPs want to understand which individual members of the investment team are the strongest and who are not. As one LP indelicately put it, “Can you tell me who the dead wood is at a VC firm?”
Continue reading “Who’s Who Among VC Partners: An Algorithmic Take on Portfolio Strength, Network Centrality and Happiness” »
Within VC circles, WhatsApp’s $19B acquisition stands out not just due to its sheer size but also because it included just a single outside institutional investor, Sequoia Capital.
To analyze just how rare Sequoia’s feat was among notable U.S.-based VC-backed tech exits, we dug into CB Insights data and looked at the number of VC investors in the 100 largest venture-backed tech exits since 2009 to date. The data below.
Continue reading “Lean In: Sequoia Capital Was the Only VC Firm in WhatsApp. How Often Do VCs Have the Conviction To Go It Alone?” »
While Carl Icahn continues to push for PayPal’s spin-off into a separate company, eBay CEO John Donahoe has resisted the idea, explaining in January that the company would step up its M&A and investment activity in 2014, “particularly in PayPal.”
In fact, eBay has been unafraid to make big bets through M&A on both sides of the house – the core eBay commerce business as well as for PayPal which has become a payments juggernaut. Recently, eBay acquired Accel-backed payments gateway Braintree for $800 million.
We analyzed CB Insights exit data to get a better understanding of the geographic, industry and funding characteristics of eBay’s M&A, as well as whether there are any VCs that eBay tends to favor when it comes to its acquisition activity. The data below.
Continue reading “eBay M&A History and Trends” »
The biotech market has seen an upswing in venture-backed IPO activity in 2013 and hasn’t shown signs of slowing in 2014 as well. So which healthcare venture capital firms have racked up the most healthcare exits and of these firms, who has seen the highest share of exits via IPOs vs. M&A exits.
The data below.
Continue reading “The Top Healthcare VCs Ranked By Exit Activity – Who Sees the Highest Share of IPO Exits?” »
In February 2013, Snapchat raised a $13.5 Series A round from Benchmark Capital. Just four months later, Snapchat took a $60M Series B round led by Institutional Venture Partners. And just six months after that, the ephemeral messaging startup took a $50M financing round, this time from tech hedge fund Coatue Management.
Snapchat’s case got us wondering: are more tech companies raising more money at a faster clip?
According to CB Insights data, the number of tech companies raising multiple double-digit financing rounds within 12 months of each other has indeed seen a notable increase over the past five years.
Continue reading “More Tech Startups are Raising Double-Digit Funding Rounds Within a 12 Month Span – Why?” »
Until the recent Carl Icahn-inspired push for PayPal’s spin-off from parent company eBay, the big story for PayPal was the reinvention efforts for the company being driven by PayPal unit President David Marcus and his team.
So when we observed a huge jump by eBay’s PayPal app in the iTunes App Store based on our mining of iTunes data, we wanted to take a closer look to see how PayPal has been trending on the mobile front. It’s worth noting that the jump this past week resulted in PayPal reaching its highest overall App Store rank in nearly five months.
Continue reading “PayPal Climbs in App Store; Square, Google Wallet and LevelUp Show Little Momentum” »
If you are signed up to receive our bi-weekly Mobile Momentum newsletter, you already know that we are diving deep into the iTunes App Store data to algorithmically surface interesting apps and publishers.
This week we’re adding another alert to the mix which we’re calling – ‘Apps People Love‘. By leveraging our continually growing corpus of over 8 million user reviews, we are identifying apps that are getting extraordinarily favorable reviews from their users.
Using text mining techniques, we’ve identified certain words and phrases that have a high correlation with better ranks in the App Store. We take this insight and look for apps that have a similarly disproportionate number of reviews with occurrences of these words and phrases but have not yet made it to the top of the charts. We then calculate a weighted average score for each app – what we call the ‘Favorability Index‘ – and rank them accordingly. The top apps based on the Favorability Index will be featured in the newsletter.
Continue reading “The Favorability Index – Mining App Store Reviews for Fun (and Profit)” »
With a business empire that spans real estate, retail and electricity, Li Ka-Shing is among the wealthiest individuals in the world. And over the past few years, Li has built an equally diversified portfolio of private company investments through his personal investment firm Horizons Ventures. 2013 saw the firm invest in 22 disclosed deals, a 450% increase versus 2010.
Given Horizon’s increased investment activity and some big exits already (Facebook, Waze, DeepMind Technologies), what and where is the firm investing in?
Continue reading “Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures – From Plant-Based Eggs to Wearables, The Eclectic and Prescient Investments of a Billionaire” »
Within Ed Tech, there are a number of competing venture-backed upstarts in the language learning market that offer unique mobile offerings. So as competition heats up in the mobile language learning market, we wanted to analyze how venture-backed apps were faring on the financing front and in the App Store rankings.
Below is the data.
Language Learning VC Financing Comparison
Five of the notable venture-backed startups providing mobile language learning apps are Duolingo, Memrise, Babbel, MindSnacks and Busuu. Pennsylvania-based Duolingo is the most well-funded of the group, and has taken $38.3M in funding from a group of prominent investors that includes New Enterprise Associates, Union Square Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Interestingly, three of the language learning companies are headquartered in Europe.
Continue reading “Disrupting Rosetta Stone? A Look at App Store Data for VC-Backed Mobile Language Learning Apps” »
The entire 27-page 2013 Global Tech Exits Reportis available after logging in to CB Insights. Note: This report
is only available to paid subscribers.
2013 saw 1,761 private tech companies acquired globally and 64 tech firms go public. Private tech exits hit a four-quarter high in Q4 2013 at 534 M&A deals and 23 IPOs. The 2nd half of the year saw a surge in activity with 46% more private tech M&A transactions and 63% more IPOs.
Continue reading “2013 Global Tech Exits Report – Private Company Tech Acquisitions and IPOs” »