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

Recognized as a global thought leader in the startup ecosystem, Reza Chowdhury offers more than 15 years experience in emerging technology, which he brings to AlleyWatch as CEO and Founder. Through the course of his career, Reza has had the privilege of working to drive businesses from conception to eventual exit by deploying the acumen gained in his previous roles. His latest professional endeavors have allowed him to work very closely with thriving global technology and startup ecosystem.

Reza is also the founder of New York Startup Lab, which brings technology and knowledge based solutions to the entrepreneurial community with a specific focus on early stage companies. He began his career as securities trader on Wall Street.

Reza is often a featured international speaker, moderator, and judge at numerous events on technology and global entrepreneurship and was a featured presenter at the first Facebook Developer Garage in NYC. Both Reza and the companies he has been involved with have received accolades and recognition from prominent organizations including the fbFund. Reza was has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek on several occasions and is a NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures.

Reza is also an advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems as well as an Mentor to the Grameenphone Accelerator.

Reza holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and completed his bachelors in Economics at the University at Albany. Reza has also completed certification programs in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Oxford University as well as International Business at New York University.

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