The top two unicorn investors are a16z and Sequoia Capital.
Andreessen Horowitz has emerged as the investor that counts both the most investments in companies surfaced in our 2017 Tech IPO Pipeline Report, as well as the most unicorn companies among those investments. The firm has invested in some of the most highly valued private tech companies, including Airbnb, Tanium, Instacart, and many others.
To identify companies in the 2017 Tech IPO Pipeline, we used the CB Insights database to identify the most promising private venture and equity-backed tech companies.
Most active investors
Andreessen Horowitz ranks as the company that has made the most investments in 2017 Tech IPO Pipeline companies, holding the No. 1 spot for the second straight year. Sequoia, NEA, and Accel Partners remained within the top 5, while SV Angel jumped up to 2nd place after ranking 7th last year.
The list of top 20 investors is quite diverse and ranges from banks (Goldman Sachs, 7th), corporate venture capital firms (GV, 9th), hedge funds (Tiger Global Management, 14th) and mutual funds (Fidelity Investments, 14th).
Investors in the most unicorns
Andreessen Horowitz also topped all investors with the highest number of billion-dollar Tech IPO Pipeline companies in its portfolio, with 17. The firm’s unicorn investments include Pinterest and Slack Technologies among many others.
Sequoia Capital ties for second, and first invested in 38% of its billion-dollar pipeline companies at the seed or Series A stage. Mutual funds Fidelity Investments and T. Rowe Price took the next two spots followed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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