There is no denying that the venture capital industry is red hot right now. When you open up websites like Forbes, Techcrunch, and Business Insider, it is almost impossible to miss all of the news about the biggest deals in Silicon Valley being made by these firms.
As a matter of fact, without the work of venture capitalists, there wouldn't be Silicon Valley. Companies today are very high-paced and fast-moving. Founders simply cannot afford to wait around until they save up enough money or build credit to fund their operations. The best path for a lot of these founders to take is to simply give up some of their equity to VCs in exchange for capital.
To those who are unfamiliar with the industry, here are some of the biggest venture capital firms in the world.
1. Khosla Ventures
Khosla Ventures is one of the most recognizable venture capital firms in Silicon Valley not only because of its great deals, but because the founder of the firm is Vinod Khosla, one of the men behind Sun Microsystems.
Based out of Menlo Park, California, Khosla Ventures has enjoyed a 13.58% return on investment in 2020 alone despite the pandemic.
2. Sequoia Capital
Sequoia Capital is another Silicon Valley great. People see the firm as the biggest venture capital firm in the world and its deals around the San Francisco Bay Area are truly worthy of note.
3. Accel Partners
Accel Partners enjoyed massive returns in 2020 with an incredible 20.77% return. Aside from its Silicon Valley staple, Accel Partners also operates in China, India, and London.
4. Kleiner Perkins
Another firm that enjoyed massive returns in the last few years is Kleiner Perkins. In 2020 alone, the firm saw a 21.13% return which is very impressive considering the pandemic.
5. New Enterprise Associates
New Enterprise Associates is one of the few large venture capital firms that are not headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. That has not stopped them though, because they have 333 successful exits under their belt.
6. Bessemer Ventures
With portfolio companies like Twilio and Shopify under their belt, it is no wonder why Bessemer Ventures have enjoyed returns as high as 21.65% in recent years.
7. Intel Capital
Intel is already one of the most recognizable companies in the world. Its new venture capital arm Intel Capital is only the cherry on top of its already very lucrative operations.
8. Global Founders Capital
Global Founders Capital is one of the newer VC firms but that has not stopped them from having an impressive investment-to-exit ratio of 9.15%.
An emerging new venture capital firm from New York City, Greycroft already has 606 total investments.
10. Greylock Partners
Greylock Partners is one of the most respected VC firms in the world partly because it is headed by a Silicon Valley legend - Reid Hoffman.
11. Tiger Global Management
Another firm based out of New York City, tiger global has an impressive investment-to-exit ratio of 15.13%.
12. GGV Capital
Another big Silicon Valley VC firm, GGV capital focuses on cloud, mobile, and e-commerce investments.
13. Lightspeed Venture Partners
A prominent Menlo Park VC firm, Lightspeed focuses on companies in the consumer and business technology space.
14. General Catalyst
Surrounded by some of the best universities in the world, General Catalyst has been focusing on investing in the best startups in Cambridge, MA.
15. M13 Ventures
M13 venture capital is one of the biggest venture capital firms hailing out of the greater Los Angeles area. If there is an investment that is to be made in Silicon Beach, M13 would be one of the first firms to know about it.