The 10 Most Active VC Investors in FinTech Worldwideby Fintechnews Switzerland April 7, 2016
When it comes to FinTech, investors are competing to catch their own eggs in their portfolio basket with shining and curious eyes. The total of deals, the number of investors and the amount of money increasingly run into this field.
The deal total increases approximately 4 times more in the 1st quarter of 2016 than the 1st quarter of 2012. The investment money are totally calculated up to $22.4 billion, according to Pitchbook Platform.
The question here is who are the Top Venture Capital (VC) investors in Fintech. Pitchbook Platform makes a small summary of the 10 most active VC Investors since 2010 along with their deal count, including:
#1: Digital Currency Group (35 Deals)
Digital Currency Group (DCG) builds and supports bitcoin and blockchain companies by leveraging their insights, network, and access to capital. Based in New York City, DCG has been an active seed investor in the digital currency industry with over 50 investments in nearly 20 countries.In addition, DCG owns and operates the industry’s leading bitcoin brokerage firm, Genesis Trading, and the largest digital currency asset management firm, Grayscale Investments, which manages the first publicly traded bitcoin investment vehicle, the Bitcoin Investment Trust (symbol: GBTC). They recently launched our newest venture, BTC2016, an industry conference and media platform that will host its inaugural event from May 2 – 4 in New York City.
#2: Sequoia Capital (30)
The Sequoia team helps a small number of daring founders build legendary companies. They spur them to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Top experienced investors and partners at Sequoia are composed of Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, John Morgridge, Jerry Yang, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko and Jack Dorsey, among many others.
In aggregate, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ’s total value. Their success also fuels great causes: since 2000 alone they have returned more than $10 billion to non-profits like the Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic and MIT.
#3: SV Angel (28)
SV Angel is a San Francisco-based seed fund founded by Ron Conway. SV Angel provides seed investment and advice to early stage companies focused on Internet software.SV Angel takes a portfolio approach to seed investing. Differing from a traditional venture capital firm, they don’t take board seats and investing a larger number of companies. They leverage a best in class relationship network to be the valley’s human router and help startups with business development, financing, M&A and other strategic advice.Ron pioneered this approach over 20 years ago and SV Angel still employs it today. Over the last 20 years the firm and partners have invested and advised companies such as Facebook, Google, PayPal, Dropbox, Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter, SnapChat, Square, Cloudera and many more.
#4: Blockchain Capital (27)
Blockchain Capital is a pioneer and the premier venture capital firm investing in Blockchain enabled technology companies. Their initial fund was the first VC Fund dedicated to the Bitcoin/Blockchain ecosystem, launched in the Fall of 2013, and was also the first fund to accept capital calls in Bitcoin. Based in San Francisco, Blockchain Capital invests in the best entrepreneurs who are fostering innovation in the Blockchain economy.The Blockchain, a novel financial technology, holds the promise to disrupt legacy parts of financial services and create new markets. The firm has invested in 37 companies in the last three years, investing alongside Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms.
They are a sector specific, but multi-stage venture capital investor that seeks to gain diverse exposure to the Blockchain economy while offering unique co-investment opportunities and proprietary deal flow to our investors.
The three co-founders of the firm are experienced and accomplished entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. Bart Stephens has a background in financial technology starting at E*TRADE and running a Silicon Valley technology hedge fund before Blockchain Capital. Brock Pierce is a serial entrepreneur, digital currency visionary, and is Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation. Brad Stephens has a Wall Street background focused on Internet security and cryptography while working for Credit Suisse and Fidelity.Blockchain Capital has built an unrivaled network of entrepreneurs, advisors, and limited partners who are on the front lines of this fast moving sector of Fintech. The principals of the firm believe that Blockchain technology is a profound invention that offers a better, faster, cheaper way to move money and exchange assets without counterparty risk.
#T-5: Index Ventures (22)
Index Ventures is a multi-stage international venture capital firm that backs the best and most ambitious entrepreneurs. These leaders are building truly transformative companies that are reshaping the world around us, including: Dropbox, Etsy, Sonos, SoundCloud, Flipboard, King, BlaBlaCar, Squarespace, Just Eat, Lookout, Hortonworks, Nasty Gal, Pure Storage, Supercell, Criteo, Funding Circle and many others.They’ve teamed up with exceptional entrepreneurs in 38 countries around the world and have helped them grow into new regions. Their physical presence in San Francisco and London and serve as places where our entrepreneurs can come together and jumping-off points to discover what’s next.
#T-5: Andreessen Horowitz (22)
Andreessen Horowitz is a $2.5 billion venture capital firm that was launched on July 6, 2009. Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, John O’Farrell, Scott Weiss, Jeff Jordan, and Peter Levine are the general partners of the firm.
#T-7: Nyca Partners (21)
Nyca is a Venture Capitalist firm focusing on FinTech investments. With an extremely accomplished and knowledgeable group of colleagues, Nyca helps companies by investing and guiding them to the best of their abilities.
#T-7: Accel (21)
Accel is a leading early and growth-stage venture capital firm, powering a global community of entrepreneurs. Accel backs entrepreneurs who have what it takes to build a world-class, category-defining business. Founded in 1983, Accel brings more than three decades of experience building and supporting hundreds of companies. Accel’s vision for entrepreneurship and business enables it to identify and invest in the companies that will be responsible for the growth of next-generation industries.Accel-backed companies include Atlassian, Braintree, Cloudera, DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Flipkart, Lookout Security, MoPub, Qualtrics, Slack, Spotify, Supercell, Vox Media and others. Visit www.accel.com for more or @Accel on Twitter.
#9: Kima Ventures (20)
The Kima Ventures fund was started in 2010 by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Kima’s goal is to support and finance innovative companies with seed capital all over the world.Kima Ventures promotes the growth of startups, supporting them in the fastest and most effective ways:
- By financing the early stages of development,
- By pooling their resources, and
- By providing access to its network of partners and relationships around the world.
Kima Ventures partners with the best business angels and venture, funds, and invests primarily in projects that meet a simple need and have a simple business model.Their goal is to invest in 100 startups during our first 2 years.
#10: QED Investors (19)
QED Investors actively supports high-growth businesses that use information to compete and win. While our support is tailored to the specific needs of each portfolio company, we typically provide a combination of both capital and capability. With operationally-oriented skills that we believe are both fundamentally applicable and broadly transferable, we enjoy working closely with a small set of carefully selected companies that range in size and style. But common to all of our partnerships is a shared conviction that information plays a decisive role in the success of the company, a mutual desire for a high degree of direct engagement, and a shared enthusiasm for experimentation and learning.