We worked with The New York Times and used the CB Insights Investor Mosaic algorithm to develop a data-driven ranking of the top venture capital partners. Here are the top 100.

We started working with The New York Times in late 2015 to identify and rank the top 100 venture capital professionals using the CB Insights Investor Mosaic algorithm.

It is a purely data-driven / algorithmic ranking that uses CB Insights data. We’d gathered this data via our machine learning technology (dubbed The Cruncher) as well as via several thousand direct submissions from firms and individual professionals using The Editor.

The Investor Mosaic page walks through the factors considered in the algorithm in some detail but at a high-level, it considers several factors including:

  • An investor’s exits – the frequency/volume, size, and stage of entry
  • Network centrality – connectivity to other investors. Think of it as akin to Google Pagerank.
  • Consistency – stage, industry consistency of investments
  • Illiquid portfolio company value – frequency, size and stage of entry in high value (but un-exited companies). Given relatively less weight as these are paper valuations
  • Recency of performance – Our focus was on these metrics since 2008. As a result, we didn’t give a lot of credit to those who made glorious picks in the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s. This is a ranking of today’s best VCs — not the best VCs in history.

Below is the full list of 100 top venture capitalists.

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We will do more analysis of the top 100 and also be unveiling the VC peer rankings in future posts.

VC Partner Rankings
Rank Portrait Name Firm
1 fenton Peter Fenton Benchmark Capital
2 fredwilson Fred Wilson Union Square Ventures
3  chrissacca Chris Sacca Lowercase Capital
4 joshkopelman Joshua Kopelman First Round Capital
5 jimgeotz James Goetz Sequoia Capital
6 dannyrimer Danny Rimer Index Ventures
7 steveanderson Steve Anderson Baseline Ventures
8  billgurley Bill Gurley Benchmark Capital
9  neilshen Nanpeng (Neil) Shen Sequoia Capital (China)
10 scottsandel Scott Sandell New Enterprise Associates
11 jimbreyer James Breyer Breyer Capital
12 peterthiel Peter Thiel Founders Fund
13 michaelmoritz Michael Moritz Sequoia Capital
14 mikemaplesjr Michael Maples Jr. Floodgate
15 marcandreessen Marc Andreessen Andreessen Horowitz
16 aydinsenkut Aydin Senkut Felicis Ventures
17 jennylee Jenny Lee GGV Capital
18 roelofbotha Roelof Botha Sequoia Capital
19 bradfeld Bradley Feld Foundry Group
20 rebeccalynn Rebecca Lynn Canvas Ventures
21 marymeeker Mary Meeker Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
22 brianatwood Brian Atwood Versant Ventures
23 davidsze David Sze Greylock Partners
24  mattcohler Matt Cohler Benchmark Capital
25  sameerghandi Sameer Gandhi Accel Partners
26 hurstlin26 Hurst Lin DCM Ventures
27  Benhorowitz27 Benjamin Horowitz Andreessen Horowitz
28  BijanSabet Bijan Sabet Spark Capital
29  PaulMadera29 Paul Madera Meritech Capital Partners
30  BryanRoberts30 Bryan Roberts Venrock
31  DouglasLeone31 Douglas Leone Sequoia Capital
32  PromodHaque32 Promod Haque Norwest Venture Partners
33  YuriMilner33 Yuri Milner DST Global
34  ToddChaffee34 Todd Chaffee Institutional Venture Partners
35 SalilDeshpande35 Salil Deshpande Bain Capital Ventures
36  JonathanCallaghan36 Jon Callaghan True Ventures
37 SandyMiller37 Sandy Miller Institutional Venture Partners
38  RandyGlein38 Randy Glein DFJ Growth
39  TheodoreSchlein39 Theodore Schlein Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
40  JonathanSilverstein40 Jonathan Silverstein OrbiMed Advisors
41  HarryWeller41 Harry Weller New Enterprise Associates
42 LeeFixel42 Lee Fixel Tiger Global Management
43  ByronDeeter43 Byron Deeter Bessemer Venture Partners
44  MikeVolpi44 Mike Volpi Index Ventures
45  NavinChaddha45 Navin Chaddha Mayfield Fund
46  AlfredLin46 Alfred Lin Sequoia Capital
47  AsheemChandna47 Asheem Chandna Greylock Partners
48  CharlesMoldow48 Charles Moldow Foundation Capital
49  ForestBaskett49 Forest Baskett New Enterprise Associates
50 MichaelDearing50 Michael Dearing Harrison Metal
51  51-AmirNashat Amir Nashat Polaris Partners
52  52-DevenParekh Deven Parekh Insight Venture Partners
53  53-GeorgeZachary George Zachary CRV
54  54-JeremyLevine Jeremy Levine Bessemer Venture Partners
55  55-DavidCowan David Cowan Bessemer Venture Partners
56  56-GeorgeBischof George Bischof Meritech Capital Partners
57  57-PingLi Ping Li Accel Partners
58  58-JohnVrionis John Vrionis Lightspeed Venture Partners
59  59-JaiDas Jai Das Sapphire Ventures
60  60-JeremyLiew Jeremy Liew Lightspeed Venture Partners
61  61-DougCole Douglas Cole Flagship Ventures
62 62-XiaojunLi Xiaojun Li IDG Capital Partners
63  63-DavidChao David Chao DCM Ventures
64  64-DavidWeiden David Weiden Khosla Ventures
65  65-AndrewBraccia Andrew Braccia Accel Partners
66  66-RobWard Rob Ward Meritech Capital Partners
67  67-HemantTaneja Hemant Taneja General Catalyst Partners
68  68-NeerajAgrawal Neeraj Agrawal Battery Ventures
69 69-JohnDoerr John Doerr Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
70 70-AnnLamont Ann Lamont Oak HC/FT
71 71-RoryODriscoll Rory O’Driscoll Scale Venture Partners
72  72-KevinEfrusy Kevin Efrusy Accel Partners
73 73-KrishnaKolluri Krishna Kolluri New Enterprise Associates
74  74-MattMurphy Matt Murphy Menlo Ventures
75 75-MichaelGoguen Michael Goguen ex-Sequoia Capital
76 hamid.mamoon Mamoon Hamid Social Capital
77 wong.rich Rich Wong Accel Partners
78 Schaepe.Christopher Christopher Schaepe Lightspeed Venture Partners
79 crowe.jeff Jeff Crowe Norwest Venture Partners
80  kaul.samir Samir Kaul Khosla Ventures
81 stein.josh Josh Stein Draper Fisher Jurvetson
82 cutler.joel Joel Cutler General Catalyst Partners
83 byers.brook Brook Byers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
84  rimer.neil Neil Rimer Index Ventures
85 seidenberg.beth Beth Seidenberg Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
86 lasky.mitch Mitch Lasky Benchmark Capital
87 hayes.rob Rob Hayes First Round Capital
88 wagner.peter Peter Wagner Wing Venture Partners
89 sweeney.ryan Ryan Sweeney Accel Partners
90 ferara.alex Alex Ferrara Bessemer Venture Partners
91 Dharmaraj.Satish Satish Dharmaraj Redpoint Ventures
92 Ganesan.Venky Venky Ganesan Menlo Ventures
93 Mhatre.Ravi Ravi Mhatre Lightspeed Venture Partners
94 ritter.gordon Gordon Ritter Emergence Capital Partners
95 levy.anton.jpeg Anton Levy General Atlantic
96 Liu.Richard Richard Liu Morningside Ventures
97 Jani.Amish Amish Jani FirstMark Capital
98 Tananbaum.Jim Jim Tananbaum Foresite Capital
99 Zhang.Suyang Suyang Zhang IDG Capital Partners
100 rabois.keith Keith Rabois Khosla Ventures

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