Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Intel leads list of top 20 tech venture capital firms, but Angel connected funds are rising fast

 Based on the number of private tech company exits in 2012, Intel Capital ranks No. 1.  Following are Felicis Ventures; SV Angel; Sequoia Capital; First Round Capital; Battery Ventures; DFJ; Greylock Partners; Ignition; Google Ventures; True Ventures; Benchmark Capital; Lerer Ventures; Menlo Ventures; Polaris Venture Partners; Accel Partners; Bain Capital Ventures; Redpoint Ventures; RRE Ventures; and Focus Ventures.

 “INTEL CAPITAL, the very active corporate venture arm of chipmaker Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) ranked as the #1 Most Successful Tech V.C. firm of 2012, with the most private tech company investment exits,” says Privco, a company that provides financial analysis of private companies. “Some notable exits for Intel Capital in 2012 include Ancestry.com, Gaikai, Inc., and DynamicOps.”

Intel Capital has had more than 200 initial public offerings and 300 acquisitions of its portfolio companies since it was formed 20 years ago. "2012 was an excellent year for us...in terms of dollars invested and portfolio companies achieving a successful exit,”  Intel told Privco.

The data above, based on a study by Privco, was reported by Reuters yesterday. “The rankings showed a record number of exits for a newer generation of venture capital firms, such as Felicis, SV Angel, True Ventures, and Lerer Ventures,” reports Reuters. “This wave of VCs is formed by partners that come from entrepreneurial backgrounds, rather than investment and financial backgrounds. The firms provide startups with extensive operational guidance in addition to financial backing, said Sam Hamadeh, head of PrivCo.”

Catching our eye was firm #3, SV Angel. Apparently, SV Angel is a micro VC firm located in San Francisco, founded by angel investors Ron Conway and David Lee. SV Angel provides capital investments to early stage companies focused on the Internet, e-commerce, and information technology markets. SV Angel primarily invests relatively small amounts in early stage companies. According to Crunchbase, the firm is about three years old and manages $89 million.

So how then did they get so many exits?  Hold on, we are on the case.

Notably, #2, Felicis Ventures, started out as a $4.5M angel fund in 2006.

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