How Many US Venture Capital Firms Are Still Active?

Published: 1/18/2011 10:53:03 AM

At VentureDeal, we track a lot of metrics, but perhaps one that is the most "macro level" metric is the number of US venture capital firms that are still actively investing.

Prior to the financial crisis of 2008, there were approximately 715 or so active firms.

Our definition of "active" is whether or not the firm has invested within the past 12 months.

The number of firms that qualify currently as "active" is now 675, a drop of approximately 6% from pre-crisis level.

So, while a 6% drop is nothing to brag about and there is certainly a drop in fundraising and the number of active individual VC partners, the statistic is nevertheless encouraging and flies in the face of much of the gloom and doom that we see in the headlines.

The venture capital industry is evolving and adapting, but it is most certainly not going away.


Don Jones



Don Jones
CEO, VentureDeal

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