TheFunded Ranks The Most Loved VCs Of 2009

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Some VCs are getting an early Valentine’s Day gift fromTheFunded, the site where CEOs rate venture capitalists and their firms. Below you will find the top-ranked individual VCs, as determined by their ratings in 2009. What makes this ranking particularly useful to entrepreneurs is that it is ratings by other CEOs, often CEOs who have had direct dealings with the VCs they are rating.

While this is still a popularity contest of sorts (for instance, the rankings are not based on individual investment returns), presumably CEOs are smart enough to take investment performance into account. But they also take into account their own personal experiences with the individual VCs.  These are the VCs who CEOs love the most, and not just because they are nice but because they help CEOs do their jobs, which is to build great businesses.  Topping the list is Terry McGuire, co-Founder of Polaris Ventures and a big life sciences investor. Mark Suster of GRP Partners is No. 2.  David Sze of Greylock comes in at No. 7.  Brook H. Byers of  Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers is No. 10.  Kleiner’s star investor John Doerr is No.11  Michael Moritz from Sequoia is No. 32..

Anyone who is on this list is well-liked and respected by CEOs.   A total of 84 individual VCs (and some angel investors) made the cut out of 17,834 investment pros listed in TheFunded’s directory. To get on the list, each VC had to have at least an average rating of 4 out of 5 and have at least five separate reviews from CEO members of the Funded. (There are 13,480 CEO members). No more than one of the five ratings can be negative (a score of 3 or less).  Other VC that made the list include Howard Morgan (No. 28) and Josh Kopelman (No. 39) of First Round Capital, Bill Tai (No. 29) and George Zachary (no. 64) of Charles River Ventures, Roelof Botha of Sequoia (No. 50), Fred Wilson (No. 60) of Union Square Ventures, and angels Mike Maples, Jr. (No. 43)  and Ron Conway (No. 61).

You can compare this list to the most active VC firms of 2009 to get a sense of the overlap between these rankings and which firms are doing the most deals.  Some other insights that TheFunded shared with us: there was a lot of turnover in VC firms in 2009.  When TheFunded sent emails to all the investment pros in its directory, 38 percent either bounced back or replied with an automated message saying they’ve left their firms.  None of those people are on this list.  And about one or two firms a week became inactive, or 9 percent of the 4,005 firms listed in its directory.

TheFunded.com is offering two free tickets to the Future of Funding event on February 18th in San Mateo, where many of the top-ranked venture capitalists will be attending an awards ceremony. The tickets will go to the two best comments about the state of venture capital (as determined by us or TheFunded’s Adeo Ressi).

Top-Ranked VCs by TheFunded

  1. Terrance G. McGuire, Managing General Partner at Polaris Venture Partners, rated 5 by 5 CEOs
  2. Mark Suster, Partner at GRP Partners, rated 4.8571 by 7 CEOs
  3. Andy Fillat, Managing Member at Leapfrog Ventures, rated 4.8333 by 6 CEOs
  4. Dan Rua, Managing Partner at Inflexion Partners, rated 4.8 by 5 CEOs
  5. Paul H. Klingenstein, Managing Partner at Aberdare Ventures, rated 4.6667 by 9 CEOs
  6. Stuart Ellman, Managing Partner at RRE Ventures, rated 4.6667 by 6 CEOs
  7. David Sze, Partner at Greylock Partners, rated 4.6429 by 14 CEOs
  8. Ross A. Jaffe, Managing Director at Versant Ventures, rated 4.6364 by 11 CEOs
  9. Steven D. Arnold, Managing General Partner at Polaris Venture Partners, rated 4.625 by 8 CEOs
  10. Brook H. Byers, Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, rated 4.6 by 10 CEOs
  11. John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, rated 4.5714 by 14 CEOs
  12. Philip Gianos, General Partner at InterWest Partners, rated 4.5714 by 7 CEOs
  13. James D. Robinson III, General Partner at RRE Ventures, rated 4.5556 by 9 CEOs
  14. Richard W. Levandov, General Partner at Masthead Venture Partners, rated 4.5455 by 11 CEOs
  15. Phil Black, General Partner at True Ventures, rated 4.5 by 12 CEOs
  16. Andreas Stavropoulos, Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, rated 4.5 by 6 CEOs
  17. Jed Katz, Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners, rated 4.4737 by 19 CEOs
  18. William J. Link, Managing Director at Versant Ventures, rated 4.4444 by 9 CEOs
  19. Jon Callaghan, General Partner at True Ventures, rated 4.4167 by 12 CEOs
  20. Joerg Ueberla, General Partner at Wellington Partners, rated 4.4 by 5 CEOs
  21. Tom Bogan, Partner at Greylock Partners, rated 4.4 by 5 CEOs
  22. Maria Cirino, Managing Director at 406 Ventures, rated 4.4 by 5 CEOs
  23. Mark S. Menell, Partner at Rustic Canyon Ventures, rated 4.3333 by 12 CEOs
  24. Doug Pepper, General Partner at InterWest Partners, rated 4.3333 by 9 CEOs
  25. Michael T. Fitzgerald, General Partner at Commonwealth Capital Ventures, rated 4.3333 by 9 CEOs
  26. Bijan Salehizadeh, M.D., General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, rated 4.3333 by 9 CEOs
  27. Nicolas El Baze, Partner at Partech International, rated 4.3333 by 6 CEOs
  28. Howard Morgan, Partner at First Round Capital, rated 4.3077 by 13 CEOs
  29. Bill Tai, Partner at Charles River Ventures, rated 4.2857 by 14 CEOs
  30. David Ladd, Managing Director at Mayfield Fund, rated 4.2857 by 7 CEOs
  31. Frank Boehnke, General Partner at Wellington Partners, rated 4.2857 by 7 CEOs
  32. Michael Moritz, Partner at Sequoia Capital, rated 4.2778 by 18 CEOs
  33. Peter Sinclair, Managing Member at Leapfrog Ventures, rated 4.2727 by 11 CEOs
  34. Donald B. Milder, Managing Director at Versant Ventures, rated 4.25 by 8 CEOs
  35. John Burke, General Partner at True Ventures, rated 4.25 by 8 CEOs
  36. Bill Kaiser, Partner at Greylock Partners, rated 4.25 by 8 CEOs
  37. Bill Elmore, General Partner at Foundation Capital, rated 4.25 by 8 CEOs
  38. Mark Hatfield, Partner at Fairhaven Capital, rated 4.2222 by 9 CEOs
  39. Joshua Kopelman, Managing Partner at First Round Capital, rated 4.2 by 30 CEOs
  40. Lon H.H. Chow, General Partner at Apex Venture Partners, rated 4.2 by 5 CEOs
  41. Dave Fachetti, Managing Director at Globespan Capital Partners, rated 4.2 by 5 CEOs
  42. Edward L. Cahill, Partner at HLM Venture Partners, rated 4.2 by 5 CEOs
  43. Mike Maples Jr., General Partner at Maples Investments, rated 4.1818 by 22 CEOs
  44. David Stern, Venture Partner at Clearstone Venture Partners, rated 4.1818 by 11 CEOs
  45. Curtis Feeny, Managing Director at Voyager Capital, rated 4.1667 by 12 CEOs
  46. John W. Jarve, Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, rated 4.1667 by 6 CEOs
  47. Shawn T. Carolan, Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, rated 4.1667 by 6 CEOs
  48. Bob Spinner, Managing Director at Sigma Partners, rated 4.1667 by 6 CEOs
  49. Stuart MacFarlane, Managing Director at Momentum Venture Management, rated 4.1667 by 6 CEOs
  50. Roelof Botha, Partner at Sequoia Capital, rated 4.1538 by 26 CEOs
  51. Anthony P. Lee, General Partner at Altos Ventures, rated 4.1538 by 13 CEOs
  52. William D. Porteous, General Partner at RRE Ventures, rated 4.1538 by 13 CEOs
  53. Michael Kim, Partner at Rustic Canyon Ventures, rated 4.1538 by 13 CEOs
  54. Brent Ahrens, General Partner at Canaan Partners, rated 4.1429 by 7 CEOs
  55. Eric Wiesen, Principal at RRE Ventures, rated 4.1429 by 7 CEOs
  56. Alex Mendez, General Partner at Storm Ventures, Inc., rated 4.125 by 8 CEOs
  57. Richard A. D’Amore, General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, rated 4.125 by 8 CEOs
  58. Jonathan Ebinger, Partner at BlueRun Ventures, rated 4.1111 by 9 CEOs
  59. Gus Tai, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, rated 4.1 by 10 CEOs
  60. Fred Wilson, Partner at Union Square Ventures, rated 4.0952 by 21 CEOs
  61. Ron Conway, General Partner at SV Angel, rated 4.0909 by 11 CEOs
  62. Hodong Nam, General Partner at Altos Ventures, rated 4.0833 by 12 CEOs
  63. Gilman Louie, Partner at Alsop Louie Partners, rated 4.0769 by 13 CEOs
  64. George Zachary, Partner at Charles River Ventures, rated 4 by 16 CEOs
  65. Paul Maeder, General Partner at Highland Capital Partners, rated 4 by 9 CEOs
  66. Warren J. Packard, Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, rated 4 by 9 CEOs
  67. Bryan Schreier, Partner at Sequoia Capital, rated 4 by 9 CEOs
  68. Brian Pokomy, Associate at SV Angel, rated 4 by 8 CEOs
  69. Byron Deeter, Venture Principal at Bessemer Venture Partners, rated 4 by 8 CEOs
  70. Kevin Spain, Principal at Emergence Capital Partners, rated 4 by 7 CEOs
  71. Thatcher Bell, Principle at Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures, rated 4 by 7 CEOs
  72. Kirk Holland, General Partner at Vista Ventures, rated 4 by 7 CEOs
  73. Jonathan Seelig, Managing Director at Globespan Capital Partners, rated 4 by 7 CEOs
  74. Andrew L. Zalasin, General Partner/CFO at RRE Ventures, rated 4 by 7 CEOs
  75. Bruce K. Taragin, Partner at Blumberg Capital, rated 4 by 7 CEOs
  76. Frederick J. Dotzler, Managing Director at De Novo Ventures, rated 4 by 6 CEOs
  77. Max Niederhofer, Associate at Atlas Venture, rated 4 by 6 CEOs
  78. Gil Dibner, Principal at Genesis Partners, rated 4 by 6 CEOs
  79. Ryan Ziegler, Investment Manager at Edison Venture Fund, rated 4 by 6 CEOs
  80. Bob Pavey, General Partner at Morgenthaler Ventures, rated 4 by 6 CEOs
  81. Philippe Herbert, Partner at Banexi Ventures Partners, rated 4 by 5 CEOs
  82. Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Atlas Venture, rated 4 by 5 CEOs
  83. Angelo J. Santinelli, General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, rated 4 by 5 CEOs
  84. David Min, Principal at Steamboat Ventures, rated 4 by 5 CEOs

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