4 Israelis make "Red Herring" first Top 100 VC list

Pitango ranked 22nd, followed by Carmel Ventures, JVP, and Gemini.

Four Israeli venture capital funds made "Red Herring's" first Global 100 VCs list. Pitango Venture Capital ranked 22nd, followed by Carmel Ventures in 46th place, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) in 79th place, and Gemini Israel Funds at 98.

Many of the top 10 funds are very active in Israel, including top-ranked Accel Partners, fourth placed Sequoia Capital, and eighth placed Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Several other funds among the Top 100 are also active in Israel: 15th ranked Khosla Ventures, 51st ranked Canaan Partners, and 68th ranked Walden International.

"Red Herring" rated the venture capital funds on qualitative and quantitative factors. "Most of these 100 firms return money to their limited partner backers. The ranking methodology is constructed of more than a dozen benchmarks. Among those, we value firms that outpace average returns and build start-ups from the ground up on a global basis. Red Herring also values stable teams who transition well from one generation of professionals to another. But there’s another, less tangible value that we recognize: those VCs valued by entrepreneurs for their advice and stewardship. As such, we ultimately value the venture platforms that have managed to display and implement a recognizable uniqueness. Then, of course, there are the more quantifiable characteristics such as their global reach. And let’s not forget those firms that hold substantial positions in startups that now exceeded $100 million in sales."

"Red Herring" stated, "We trust that this effort will not only bring more of an insider’s perspective to an industry long misunderstood but also provide more transparency."

59 of the Top 100 VC funds are from the US, eight are from China, six from the UK, four each from France and Israel, and three each from Canada and Germany.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 15, 2009

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