Top 10 International Venture Capital Investors to follow in 2021
New technology is constantly reshaping and improving people’s lives. Contrary to the established industrial and corporate business models which strive to achieve an economy of scale over time, smaller and more agile companies have proven to effectively facilitate the development and commercialization of the next disruptive innovations. Examples of such ventures are all around us. Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Uber are without a doubt an integral part of modern man’s life. This has not stayed unnoticed by investors. Quite the opposite. Investing in start-ups is considerably growing in recent years. Even more so, investors who have managed to correctly analyse and spot the potential of ventures have achieved staggering success.
TOP10 International VC Investors
In the list below we highlight 10 leading venture capital investors worldwide (selected by experts at Dealmatrix and Venionaire Capital) according to their rank in the Forbes Midas List. The list features the best start-up dealmakers around the globe. To enter the list, investors must have
- a portfolio company that has either gone public or has been acquired for more than $ 200M
- a portfolio company (at least) doubles its value from $ 200M
The DealMatrix and Venionaire Capital analyst teams selected 10 outstanding leaders from the international venture capital scene and researched their most notable deals, as well as their latest fund activities.
Current Portfolio: 36
# of Exits: 15
Ranked as the top 6 global tech investor according to Forbes 2020. A notable investment in his portfolio is the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, which went public in 2018 and is now valued at around $ 80B. In the past, Liu has invested in cloud communication, electric vehicles and even robotics.
- Zhuben, Series A and B, $ 50M. The round was led by Vision Plus Capital. Morningside (5Y Capital) joined the round together with Tsing Yue capital.
- AkroStar, Seed Round, $ 62M. The round was led by Sequoia Capital China, V Fund Management, GL Ventures and Gaorong Capital. Morningside (5Y Capital) joined the round together with Panorama Capital and Green Pine Capital Partners.
- Pony.ai, Series C, $ 100M. The round was led by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Morningside (5Y Capital) joined the round together with Fidelity China Special Situations, Eight Roads Ventures, CPE, ClearVue Partners and Brunei Investment Agency.
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Ranked as the top 7 global tech investor according to Forbes, Gurley was one of the early investors in Uber and his firm Benchmark had a major stake (around $ 6B) upon the company’s IPO. He was also involved in other big exits such as Glassdoor and Sailthru. Currently, he has invested in newer companies such as Good Eggs, HackerOne, Instawork, Nextdoor, and Stitch Health.
- Sorare, Series A, EUR 40M, Benchmark led the round and was joined by e.ventures Rio Gavin Ferdinand, Gary Vaynerchuk, Antoine Griezmann, Alexis Ohanian and Accel.
- Stytch, seed, $ 6.3M, Benchmark led the round and Index Ventures also took part.
- Good Eggs, Series D, $ 100M, the round was led by Glade Brook Capital Partners. Benchmark participated with TAO Investments, S2G Ventures, Rich Products Corporation, Obvious Ventures, Index Ventures, GV, Finistere Ventures, and DNS Capital.
Current Portfolio: 1216
# of Exits: 143
Ranked as the top 15 global tech investor Gandhi has been an investor in some of the largest exits in recent years. These include Dropbox, Crowdstrike and Dropcam (acquired by Google). His current portfolio includes unicorns such as DJI (valued at $15 billion) and Freshworks (valued at $3.5 billion).
- Nimble Robotics, Series A, $ 50M. The round was led by GSR Ventures and DNS Capital. Accel joined together with Reinvent Capital.
- FalconX, Venture Round, $ 625M. The round was led by Tiger Global Management and B Capital Group. Accel joined together with Lightspeed Venture Partners, FMR, Flybridge, Coinbase Ventures, CMT Digital Ventures, Avon Ventures, American Express Ventures and Accomplice.
- Snyk, Series E, $ 300M. Accel led the round and was joined by Addition, Boldstart Ventures, BlackRock, Atlassian Ventures and Alkeon Capital.
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Ranked as the top 16 global investor in 2020 (according to Forbes), Lee Fixel was listed in the Midas List for the eight-time. Currently, he is heading the newly founded VC fund ”Addition”. Prior to that, he was a partner at Tiger Global Management where he was involved in quite a few unicorns such as Spotify and Peloton.
- Hugging Face, Series B, $ 40M. Addition led the round and was joined by Rich Kleiman, Richard Socher, Paul St. John, Olivier Pomel, Lux Capital, Kevin Durant, Florian Douetteau, Dev Ittycheria, Betaworks Ventures, Augusto Marietti and A. Capital Ventures.
- Alt, Series A, $ 31M. The round was led by Seven Seven Six. Addition joined together with Tobias Harris, Thirty-Five Ventures, SV Angel, Sue Wagner, Seven Seven Six, Patrick Collison, Nat Friedman, Laura Behrens Wu, Larry Fitzgerald, John Collison, JD Ross, Fred Ehrsam, First Round Capital, Eric Wu, Darian Shirazi, Chapter One Ventures and BoxGroup.
- Snyk, Series E, $ 300M. The round was led by Accel. Addition joined together with Boldstart Ventures, BlackRock, Atlassian Ventures and Alkeon Capital.
Current Portfolio: 40
# of Exits: 13
Lonsdale’s first appearance on the Forbes Midas list was in 2016, which made him the youngest-ever to join the list back then. In 2020 he was ranked as the top 36 global tech investor. In the past, he has been involved in some unicorn exits such as Guardant Health and Wish. Some of his more recent investments include Blink Health, Joby, Qualia.
- Tetrate, Series B, $ 40M. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures. 8VC joined together with Scale Venture Partners, Samsung NEXT, NTT Venture Capital, Intel Capital and Dell Technologies Capital.
- Yugabyte, Series C, $ 48M. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. 8VC joined together with Wipro Ventures, Greenspring Associates and Dell Technologies Capital.
- Deliverr, Series D, $ 135M. The round was led by Coatue. 8VC joined together with GLP and Activant Capital.
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# of Exits: 273
Doerr was ranked as the top 44 global investor according to the Forbes Midas list in 2020. After leaving Intel and co-founding two other companies Doerr decides to join Kleiner Perkins. The company is famous for its early investments in modern giants such as Amazon, Google, and Twitter. Doerr himself is the one credited with leading the company to invest $ 12.5M in Google in 1999 which grew to billions in 2004 when the company went public.
- Calixa, Seed Round, $ 4.3M. Kleiner Perkins led the round and was joined by Operator Collective and Liquid 2 Ventures.
- Newsela, Series D, $ 100M, Kleiner Perkins participates with 7 other investors. The round is led by led by TCV and Franklin Templeton Investments. As of Feb 2021, Newsla is said to be valued well above $ 1B.
- Labelbox, Series C, $ 40M. The round is led by B Capital Group. Kleiner Perkins joined the round together with Gradient Ventures, First Round Capital, Catherine Wood, B Capital Group and Andreessen Horowitz.
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Current Portfolio: 102
# of Exits: 39
Rick Heitzman was ranked as the top 50 global tech investor according to Forbes 2020. In the past, he has invested in some of the most industry disruptive ventures. Some of them include Riot Games (online gaming), Upwork (recruiting & freelancing), Discord (communication) and notable Pinterest (social media and the internet as a whole).
- HowGood, Series A, $ 6M, led by Contour Venture Partners, FirstMark participated in the round with Trailhead Capital and Danone Manifesto Venture.
- Welcome, Seed, $ 6M, FirstMark Capital was the sole investor for the round.
- Dataiku, Series D, $ 100M, the round was led by Stripes. FirstMark participated with Tiger Global Management, ICONIQ Capital, Dawn Capital, CapitalG and Battery Ventures. Previously in December 2019, the company was valued at $ 1.4B
Current Portfolio: 355
# of Exits: 62
- Rescale, Series C, $ 50M. Internalized Capital participated in the round together with Samsung Catalyst Fund, Republic Labs, NVIDIA, Nautilus Venture Partners, M12, Hitachi Ventures & FortRoss Ventures.
- Routefusion, Seed, $ 3.6M. The round was led by Silverton Partners. Internalized Capital participated with NextWorld Capital and William Hockey.
- Stacker, Seed. Internalized Capital led the round and was joined by Y Combinator, Pioneer Fund and Makerpad.
Current Portfolio: 248
# of Exits: 81
- Vendia, Series A, $ 15.5M, led by Canvas Ventures. Floodgate participated with WestWave Capital, Sorenson Ventures, Kittu Kolluri, HWVP, Future\Perfect Ventures, Firebolt Ventures, Correlation Ventures, & BMW i Ventures.
- Mem Labs, Seed, the amount remains undisclosed. The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz. Floodgate participated with Unusual Ventures, The Todd & Rahul Angel Fund, Shrug Capital, Lenny Rachitsky, Julia Lipton, Harry Stebbings and Dreamers VC.
- Hebbia, pre-seed, $ 1.1M, Floodgate led the round and Peter Thiel, Naval Ravikant, Michael Fertik, Kevin Hartz, and Cory Levy also participated.
Current Portfolio: 636
# of Exits: 143
- Platform9, series D, $ 12.5M. The round was led by WRVI Capital. Redpoint joined together with NGP Capital, Mubadala Capital, Menlo Ventures and Canvas Ventures.
- Monte Carlo, series B, $ 25M. The round was led by Redpoint and GGV Capital and was also joined by Accel.
- Fabric, series A, $ 43M. The round was led by Nortwest Venture Partners. Redpoint Ventures joined the round together with Sierra Ventures.