Most Active U.S.-based Venture Firms in 2011: Slideshow

Drum roll, please.

The most active U.S.-based VC firm in 2011 was New Enterprise Associates. Check out the slideshow below to see how active.

The firm, which is investing from its $2.5 billion 13th fund, put nearly $900 million to work in 2011 and invested more than $8.7 million per company.

The stats are based on data through mid-December from Thomson Reuters (publisher of this blog).

In all, Thomson Reuters reported that firms nationwide invested more than $40 billion this past year. When I crunched the numbers, I found that the top 20 most active firms invested nearly $5.3 billion, or 13% of the total. The top 30 firms invested more than $8 billion, or 20 percent.

I also found it interesting how much money, on average, the firms invested. Early stage investor True Ventures, which cracked the top 10, invested an average of $1.63 million into each company. Similarly, First Round Capital, which also focuses on early stage deals invested $1.34 million on average in companies this year, our data reported.

As you might expect, NEA, Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital, which all invest across stages, each averaged more than $8 million per company.

By the way, Andreessen Horowitz, which ranked as the 32nd most active firm based on our data, had one of the largest averages. It invested more than $10.2 million per company.

Photo by Morgan Lane Photography/Shutterstock.

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[slide title=”No. 10 Canaan Partners”]

# of Deals: 47

Average Invested: $3.79 million

Total Invested: $178 million

Sample Deals: Durata Therapeutics, Kabam, The Open Sky Project, Peer39 Inc., Virsto Software Corp.

[slide title=”No. 9 True Ventures”]

# of Deals: 49

Average Invested: $1.34 million

Total: $65.57 million

Sample Deals: Appconomy Inc., Fitbit Inc., Klip Inc., Piston Cloud Computing, Yobongo

[slide title=”No. 8 500 Startups”]

# of Deals: 57

Average Invested: $1.08 million

Total: $61.32 million

Sample Deals: Apsalar, BrightNest Inc., LucidChart, TaskRabbit, WeddingLovely

[slide title=”No. 7 First Round Capital”]

# of Deals: 60

Average Invested: $1.63 million

Total: $97.79 million

Sample Deals: Adaptly Inc., Bitcasa, Fab.com, Grubwithus, Path

[slide title=”No. 5 (tied) Intel Capital”]

# of Deals: 69

Average Invested: $3.7 million

Total: $255.43 million

Sample Deals: Adaptivity Inc., Kabam, mFoundry, SecureKey Technologies Inc., Xfire Inc.

[slide title=”No. 5 (tied) Accel Partners”]

# of Deals: 69

Average Invested: $4.71 million

Total: $325.32 million

Sample Deals: Cloudera Inc., Dropbox, GetJar Networks, Glam Media, RockMelt

[slide title=”No. 4 Draper Fisher Jurvetson”]

# of Deals: 72

Average Invested: $2.39 million

Total: $171.78 million

Sample Deals: Box, Enevate Corp., Meebo, Opinionaided Inc., Sharpcast Inc.

[slide title=”No. 3 Sequoia Capital”]

# of Deals: 75

Average Invested: $8.17 million

Total: $612.85 million

Sample Deals: Dropbox, Druva Software Pvt. Ltd., Meebo, MoboTap Inc., Tumblr Inc.

[slide title=”No. 2 Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers”]

# of Deals: 90

Average Invested: $8.27 million

Total: $744.74 million

Sample Deals: Chegg, Digital Chocolate, Fisker Automotive, Flipboard, Square

[slide title=”No. 1 New Enterprise Associates”]

# of Deals: 100

Average Invested: $8.72 million

Total: $871.64 million

Sample Deals: Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Box, Grubwithus Inc., Moximed Inc., Poggled Inc.

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