Slideshow: Top Ten Most Active VCs for Q1; Brand Names Boost Deal Making: CORRECTED

U.S. venture firms as a group are doing fewer deals, but big, brand name firms are picking up their pace, according to peHUB’s analysis of data from Thomson Reuters.

Overall, U.S.-based VCs invested in 1,055 domestic and international companies in the first quarter, down from 1,160 in the prior quarter and 1,097 in Q1 2010. (These numbers are distinct from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. That report – which also shows a decline in deal making – tracks investments in U.S.-based companies only.)

But when you look at investments from the 10 most active U.S.-based VCs, you see that they backed more companies in Q1 (a combined 201) than they did in Q4 (193 companies) and Q1 2010 (157 companies).

This actually makes sense when you consider that the VC industry has been slowly shrinking since the dot-com bust. There are fewer funds, so the total number of investments has declined. But name brand firms that have raised fresh capital in the past couple of years, like Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital, are just as active (or more active) as they have been.

Who was the most active firm in the past quarter? Watch our slideshow to find out.

CORRECTION: Our database mistakenly counted an investment twice, resulting in Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers ranking as No. 1 with 31 investments. Kleiner actually backed 30 companies, putting it in a tie for first place with New Enterprise Associates. -Ed.

[slideshow]
[slide title=”No. 8 (tied): Accel Partners”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 14 vs. 11
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $6.85M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: eTree Marketing Pvt., GetJar Networks, Groupon, SalesCrunch, StumbleUpon

[slide title=”No. 8 (tied): Benchmark Capital”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 14 vs. 16
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $3.9M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: Dotcloud, Gigya, GrubHub, Peixe Urbano, Skybox Security

[slide title=”No. 8 (tied): Novak Biddle Venture Partners”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010:  14 vs. 8
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $0.67M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011:  2tor, Capital Schools, Centrifuge Systems, PlaySay, Social Gaming Network

[slide title=”No. 7: Redpoint Ventures”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010:  15 vs. 14
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.):  $4.32M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011:  2tor, Adap.tv, Color Labs, Just-Eat, Scribd

[slide title=”No. 6: North Bridge Venture Partners”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 17 vs. 13
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $3.58M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: Aeropost, Antenna Software, Cool Planet Biofuel, SensAble Technologies, Tapjoy

[slide title=”No. 5: Canaan Partners”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 21 vs. 14
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $1.48
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: Antenna Software, AtheroMed, Chimerix, Kabam, Spine Wave

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

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 22 vs. 28
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $2.94M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: Brightsource Energy, Genomatica, Hola!, Meebo, Tremor Media

[slide title=”No. 3: Sequoia Capital”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 23 vs. 14
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $5.97M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: AssureRx Health, Color Labs, Screampoint, Square, Stella & Dot

[slide title=”No. 1 (tied): New Enterprise Associates”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 30 vs. 20
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $10.16M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: Fisker Automotive, Groupon, Suniva, Tabula, Vantage Oncology

[slide title=”No. 1 (tied): Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers”]

  • No. of cos. backed in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010: 31 30* vs. 19
  • Avg. amt. per company, Q1 2011 (est.): $8.36M
  • Sample investments, Q1 2011: CardioDx, Fisker Automotive, Groupon, One Kings Lane, Recycle Rewards

*CORRECTED: Our database accidentally counted one deal twice. Kleiner Perkins invested in 30 companies in Q1, not 31. -Ed.

[/slideshow]