The 2016 Tech IPO Pipeline features 531 high-flying investor-backed private technology companies in the US. And based on the data, a handful of venture capital investors rank ahead of the rest when it comes to portfolio companies on this year’s pipeline.
Specifically, Sequoia Capital has the most Tech IPO Pipeline investments alongside Andreessen Horowitz, which jumped from fourth on last year’s list to a first-place tie. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which took the top spot for 2015 Tech IPO Pipeline companies, ranked third, while Accel Partners and New Enterprise Associates rounded out the top five.
Of note, given 2015’s tepid IPO climate, none of the top five investors ranked by Tech IPO Pipeline companies counted more than two US tech IPOs last year (Square, Box, Etsy and Teladoc were among these).
The chart below highlights the top 20 investors in the 2016 Tech IPO Pipeline class by current rank.
Tech IPO Pipeline investments by stage
Given that the biggest venture returns accrue to venture capital investors who get in early, we also highlighted when the top investors first invested in a Tech IPO Pipeline company. Andreessen Horowitz counted the most first investments at the seed stage of the top four, while Kleiner Perkins most often first invested in a Tech IPO Pipeline startup at the Series B stage. The chart below highlights stage of first entry in the Tech IPO Pipeline for the top four VCs on the list (to see the rest, download the full 2016 Tech IPO Pipeline Report).
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