List of most active early stage west coast based venture capital funds without a presence in the east coast (NY or Boston)
We looked at a list of the top 100 VC investors in the early-stage start-ups. Entrepreneur provided this list of the top 100 VC investors and information about the total dollars invested on early-stage investments for each company in 2014. Out of the list of the top 100 VC investors in early-stage startups, we triangulated the information to identify the VC firms that are based on the West Coast, and that do not have offices or dedicated team members based in the East Coast. This list provides information on what regions these companies are active in and this way we were able to determine if they have a presence on the East Coast or not. We have selected the top 5 firms that meet the criteria of no East Coast presence, have made the largest investments and have invested the most in early-stage investing.
West Coast Based Venture Capital Funds
Based on the criteria outlined above, these are the top 5 most active, early stage VC funds based on the West Coast without a presence on the East Coast:
1. Andreessen Horowitz is ranked #1 out of 100 for investments in early-stage startups. In 2014, Andreessen invested $1,020.23 million in early-stage investments.
2. Khosla Ventures is ranked #2, and in 2014, the firm invested $809 million in early-stage investments.
3. Accel Partners is ranked #4, investing $721.59 million in 2014 in early-stage investments.
4. Triangle Peak is ranked #10, investing $535 million in early-stage investments in 2014.
5. Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers is ranked #12, investing $490 million in early stage investments in 2014.
Andreessen Horowitz is a VC firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Andreessen does not have an office, nor a dedicated team member, based on the east coast. Andreessen Horowitz "provides entrepreneurs with access to expertise and insights in innovation, executive and technical talent, market intelligence, policy and regulatory affairs, business development and marketing and brand building." Some of their top deals from 2014 include providing VC funds for Zenefits, Optimizely, and CipherCloud.
Khosla Ventures is a VC firm based in Menlo Park, California. The firm does not have any offices or team members based on the east coast. Khosla Ventures looks to provide seed money for ideas that will have "high impact innovation" and "disrupt a larger market."
Accel Partners is VC fund based in the Bay Area, with no offices or dedicated team members in the east coast. Accel Partners "with exceptional founders with unique insights, from inception through all phases of growth."
Triangle Peak is based in Carmel, California and does not have any offices or dedicated team members on the East Coast. Triangle Peak focuses on "venture capital investments in technology." The firm invests in both early-stage companies and series B through pre-IPO stages.
KPCB is based in Menlo Park, CA. KPCB does not have offices or dedicated team members based on the East Coast. It has been KPCB's mission for over 45 years to back entrepreneurs who want to bring their world changing ideas to the market.
We chose the top 5 most active, early stage, west coast only VC funds based on Entrepreneur's list of Top 100 Early Stage Start-Ups VC Investors. This top 100 list provided the dollar amount each firm has invested as well as the regions where the VC firms have a presence. By using the information provided in this list we were able to weed out firms that did not meet these criteria (i.e. companies that have an east coast presence). And using these criteria we created a list of the top 5 most active west coast only VC funds.