These are the NYC Venture Capital Firms With the Most Exits


Liquidity tends to be of paramount importance when it comes to both entrepreneurs and venture capitalists making money. However, only a small subset of the startup universe will ever get to the acquisition or IPO stage. Today, I take a look at the exit rate of portfolio companies for a number of New York-based venture capital firms using some data from our friends at Crunchbase.


While examining the data, it is important to keep the following in mind as these factors do have an impact on the data:

  • Exits are not always reported and portfolio investments are not always disclosed.
  • Exits are not an accurate measure of portfolio returns and in no way should this data be construed to portray that.
  • Only venture capital firms that are headquartered in NYC were considered.
  • This data does not include angel nor accelerator investments.
  • Only venture firms that have made 50+ investments were considered.
  • The data does not take into account the stage preferences for the venture firms, the year of founding (although included), number of funds, the number of and size of investments in each startup. The data also does not account for the size of the exits.
  • To maintain a focus on tech-enabled startups, energy and healthcare-focused venture funds were not considered. Growth capital and private equity firms are also excluded.
  • Only venture firms that are active were considered; meaning that the venture firm has made at least one investment in 2016.
  • The data is current of 10/10/16.

About the author: Reza Chowdhury

Reza Chowdhury is the CEO and Founder of AlleyWatch, the largest media property focused on the NYC tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is also the Founder of New York Startup Lab, a software development firm with a specific focus on early stage companies. Previously, Reza was involved with several entrepreneurial ventures and began his career as securities trader on Wall Street. Recognized as a global thought leader, Reza has been named one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek on multiple occasions and is a NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures. Reza routinely speaks on the global startup ecosystem and is an advisor to advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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