Top 10 Venture Capital Firms: What You Need to Know

A list of the top 10 venture capital firms with coach recommendations to help you navigate your journey into the VC industry.

Posted January 9, 2024

Venture capital is a form of private equity where investors finance startups and small businesses. The funding usually comes from wealthy investors, investment banks, and other financial institutions; however, the capital can also come in a non-monetary form, like technical or managerial expertise.

Venture capital financing is very risky; for that reason, VC firms tend to invest in companies that have grown quickly or have very high growth potential. The return on investment for a few of these companies is a large enough payoff to counterbalance the investments that don’t work out. One of the main downsides for the company is that the investors get substantial equity in it and thus, a say in company decisions.

To help guide you as you apply and interview for VC, here is a list of the top 10 venture capital firms, put together from articles by Forbes, Startup Savant, and FundComb.

Top Venture Capital Firms

1. Sequoia Capital

Sequoia is one of the most well-known VC firms in the world. It specializes in tech and healthcare startups and its portfolio includes giants like Apple, 23andMe, Whatsapp, Google, Qualtrics, and Instagram. Its leaders include founders and executives from Airbnb, Zoom, Maven, Doordash, and others.

Founded: 1972

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Assets Under Management: $80.7 Billion (as of September, 2021)

2. Andreessen Horowitz

Founded relatively recently by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, this VC firm is also located in Silicon Valley. It invests in both early-stage and established companies and focuses on those in the areas of mobile, cryptocurrency, game, social, e-commerce, education, and enterprise IT. In its short history, it has had a large number of successful exits including those for Airbnb, Box, Facebook (now Meta), Groupon, Lyft, Pinterest, Coinbase, Slack, and Instagram.

Founded: 2009

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Assets Under Management: $16.5 Billion (as of November, 2020)

3. Kleiner Perkins

Another firm in Menlo Park, Kleiner Park focuses on investments in healthcare, consumer product, and hard tech startups. Its portfolio includes notable companies like Amazon, Spotify, Square, Snap, Twitter, and DocuSign. It has been described as one of the most famous VC firms in Silicon Valley.

Founded: 1972

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Assets Under Management: $9.2 Billion (as of January, 2022)

4. Insight Partners

Insight Partners is a venture capital and private equity firm that focuses on companies in the software, internet, and technology industries. Among the many notable companies in its portfolio are monday.com, Qualtrics, Pluralsight, Shopify, HelloFresh, Wix, Calm, Shutterstock, and WalkMe. Since its inception, Insight has placed all of its bets on the belief that software would change the world of business and it makes its investments based on three core pillars: scale, focus, and experience.

Founded: 1995

Headquarters: New York City, NY

Assets Under Management: $90 Billion (as of January, 2022)

5. Tiger Global Management

Tiger Global is an investment firm that focuses on companies in the industries of internet, software, consumer, and financial technologies. Their goal is to generate high returns over a long-time period in order to build a unique and global investment portfolio. They aspire to invest in companies that have grown from powerful secular trends and that are led by experienced management. Some of its most profitable investments have been Microsoft, Doordash, Carvana, Zoom, Amazon, Shopify, DocuSign, Atlassian, Uber, and Coinbase.

Founded: 1995

Headquarters: New York City, NY

Assets Under Management: $79 Billion (as of January, 2022)

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6. New Enterprise Associates

NEA is a global venture capital firm with investments across all stages, focused on the technology and healthcare industries. The firm wants to work with visionary entrepreneurs in order to build companies that are transformational and make the world a better place. Its portfolio includes companies like Robinhood, Coursera, Masterclass, Plaid, and Databricks.

Founded: 1977

Headquarters: Washington, DC and Menlo Park, CA

Assets Under Management: ~$20 Billion (as of January, 2022)

7. Khosla Ventures

This VC firm was founded somewhat recently by Vinod Khosla, an Indian-American businessman. It focuses on companies in the early stages of the internet, mobile, silicon technology, biotechnology, information technology, clean technology, computing, and healthcare industries. It is also one of the largest investors in the space industry. Some of its notable investments include Academia.edu, AliveCor, DoorDash, Everlane, Impossible Foods, Instacart, Scribd, and Tile.

Founded: 2004

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Assets Under Management: $15 Billion (as of October, 2021)

8. Norwest Venture Partners

Norwest aspires to help companies deliver a sustainable impact on the world and take pride in the fact that many of their investments are driving change. Those investments are motivated by returns first, as well as an understanding of the relationship between growth, financial success, and a commitment to the planet. The firm targets late-stage companies in a variety of industries, including IT, healthcare, financial services, SaaS, and cloud computing. It has invested in many successful companies including Calm, Imperfect Foods, Kendra Scott, Spotify, Minted, Plaid, and Udemy.

Founded: 1961

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

Assets Under Management: $12.5 Billion (as of December, 2021)

9. GGV Capital

GGV Capital is a global VC firm with investments in many different countries. The industries it focuses on include social/internet, smart tech, and enterprise tech and they invest in companies at different stages, from seed to growth. Some of its noteworthy investments are Airbnb, Affirm, Hello, Keep, Peloton, Square, Poshmark, and Slack. The firm believes in supporting companies with technology that can create growth opportunities in emerging markets.

Founded: 2000

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA, and Singapore

Assets Under Management: $9.2 Billion

10. DST Global

DST Global is a venture capital and private equity firm that focuses its investments on late-stage companies in the internet industry. Though it was founded relatively recently, it is one of the largest VC firms in the world. It has had many successful investments including in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Acorns, Snap, Klarna, Slack, Brex, Nubank, Groupon, Robinhood, Airbnb, and Spotify. Recently, it has come under scrutiny because of its connections to Russia in light of the recent invasion of Ukraine.

Founded: 2009

Headquarters: London, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, New York, and Beijing

Assets Under Management: $50 Billion

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