It’s time for all great technology investors and company builders to stand up and be counted in the 14th annual Forbes Midas List of the world’s top venture capitalists. Since 2011, Forbes has worked with TrueBridge Capital Partners to create what we think is the authoritative ranking of the financiers building the growth companies of the future and delivering high returns to their investors. Last year the Facebook IPO catapulted most of its backers into the top ranks of venture, including Jim Breyer, Peter Thiel and David Sze. This year we expect there will be some new names at the top helped by Twitter’s hugely successful IPO.
The list was born during the dot-com boom but has matured and evolved over time into a well-accepted who’s who in the venture business. We get our share of criticism over the ranking, but we think it’s directionally a highly accurate yard stick given that the firms that put the most number of partners on the list–Accel, Benchmark, Sequoia, NEA, Greylock–are the same tight club that dominate the biggest and best deals, with NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins and Bessemer placing close behind.
The Midas List starts with raw data on IPOs and M&A exits from Dow Jones VentureSource, and then filters the names down to a top 100 list by combining our reporting with the rigorous, quantitative approach that TrueBridge applies to underwrite its investments in venture firms. We’re asking for some new information this year to make the methodology more solid than ever. All information we get is kept confidential, as always. Here’s a video that goes into some more detail about the methodology and its changes last year.
The deadline for firms and partners to submit their deal data is January 31st this year, as the publication date has been moved up to the April 14 issue. The list will go live in late March.
Believe your firm should merit consideration for the Midas List? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request your data sheet.