Up until now, if you wanted to see the ratings of individual venture capitalists on TheFunded, you had to be an invited member, which meant that you had to be the CEO or founder of a company (or pay $200 for six months access and prove that you are a senior adviser or consultant). But now anyone who visits the site can see the ratings for 17,000 individual VCs without logging in (before only the ratings for entire VC firms were publicly available). Only members can rate VCs.
Many of the ratings are still spare. Some VCs don’t have any, or only a couple. For instance, John Doerr at Kleiner Perkins (4.5 out of 5), only has two ratings, indicating that perhaps he is not as active as he once were (or that entrepreneurs are too scared to rate him, even anonymously). But for those who have at least three ratings, entrepreneurs can now compare them to the overall rating of their firm. It shouldn’t be any surprise that some of the big hitters in the VC world rate highly, like Sequoia Capital’s Michael Moritz (4.4 out of 5, versus 3.9 for Sequoia) or Roelof Botha (4.1). Dick Kramlich at New Enterprise Associates rates a 4.8, compared to 3.4 for his fund.
But every venture firm has some partners bringing down the average. For instance Mark Kvamme at Sequoia has an abysmal 2.9 rating, a full point below the firm’s average. Other notable VCs and their ratings (out of a maximum of 5):
Bill Tai, Charles River Ventures: 5.0
Joshua Kopelman, First Round Capital: 4.4
Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures: 4.3
Tim Draper, Draper Fisher Jurvetson: 4.2
Steve Jurvetson, Draper Fisher Jurvetson: 3.0
John Hummer, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners: 1.2