Where to Work If You Want to Make the Midas 100

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Here are the best represented firms and countries on this year’s Midas 100

Forbes and TrueBridge’s annual Midas 100 is a list of the top dealmakers in venture capital that pulls in data from firms all around the world. But which countries and firms make the list more often than others? And which firm has the most partners out of anyone else on the list this year?

First, a little bit about how the Midas 100 is determined: the selection process for the Midas 100 is based on a number of factors. Forbes pulls in M&A and IPO data from companies across China, Europe, India, Israel, and the United States, and also accepts submissions of VC firms. In addition to these data points, Forbes and TrueBridge also draws from their own “additional data sources” to help determine the list.

In 2014, Forbes revealed that private companies are also a part of the consideration process. With the growing trend of unicorns and other highly valued private companies, Forbes’ Alex Konrad said it would be, “as blind to ignore those companies as it would be to pretend that money is a sure thing for investors.” For this reason, private companies are discounted in Forbes’ model for compiling the list but they still count for something, which introduces a whole new dynamic into the process.

With that in mind, we wondered were there some countries or firms that were better represented on the list than others. Were you more or less likely to make the list if you were at a specific firm or investing in a particular market?

Last year, the top firm was Sequoia Capital, which topped the list with nine named partners across multiple branches of the firm. Hot on Sequoia’s heels is Accel Parters, with seven partners named on the 2017 Midas 100. Rounding out the top five were Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, and Bessemer Venture Partners. Andreessen Horowitz and Benchmark Capital had four partners each make the list, and Bessemer Venture Partners had three.

Here’s the list of Midas 100 firms in descending order (click on any name to learn more):

1 Sequoia Capital
2Accel Partners
3 Andreessen Horowitz
4 Benchmark Capital
5 Bessemer Venture Partners
6 First Round Capital
7 Founders Fund
8 Greylock Partners
9 Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
10 Lightspeed Venture Partners
12 General Catalyst Partners
13 IDG Capital Partners
14 Insight Venture Partners
15 Institutional Venture Partners
16 New Enterprise Associates
17 Norwest Venture Partners
18 OrbiMed Advisors
19 Tiger Global
20 500 Startups
21 8VC, formerly Eight Partners
22 ARCH Venture Partners
23 ARTIS Ventures
24 Bain Capital Ventures / Bay Partners
25 Baseline Ventures
26 Battery Ventures
27 Breyer Capital, formerly Accel Partners
28 Canvas Venture Fund
29 Charles River Ventures
30 DCM
31 Digital Sky Technologies
32 Emergence Capital Partners
33 Felicis Ventures
34 Forerunner Ventures
35 Foresite Capital
36 Foundation Capital
37 Founder Collective
38 General Atlantic
39 General Catalyst
40 GGV Capital
41 Greylock Partners
42 GSR Ventures
43 Index Ventures
44 Khosla Ventures
45 Lowercase Capital
45 Mayfield Fund
47 Meritech Capital Partners
48 Qiming Venture Partners/GGV Capital
48 Redpoint Ventures
50 Sherpa Ventures
51 SoftTech VC
52 Spark Capital
53 SV Angel
54 The Social+Capital Partnership
55 Union Square Ventures
56 Venrock
57 Wing Ventures
58 Zhenfund

In terms of geographies, the United States was the most well represented among Midas 100 partners with 88% of partners residing in the USA. In second was China, with 9% of entrants. Hong Kong, Russia, and the UK are bringing up the rear with 1% each. Check out the map below to see the geographic distribution of the Midas 100.



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