Mattermark tracks 20,000 global venture funds, angel investors, and accelerator programs. I loved to see Shai Goldman publish his list of VCs who lead seed deals in NYC startups and strongly feel that this kind of list can save founders a TON of time in their fundraising process. Investors can get value from this too as they think about their downstream and upstream partners, either to refer deals in (upstream) or to invest further in their portfolio companies at a later stage (downstream).
Before Mattermark, a lot of this research and tracking took place in Excel spreadsheets with VC partners and their associates manually compiling information as new funding announcements went out in the news. Thanks to powerful web crawling and machine learning technology investors can spend more time on their analysis and less time on the data collection itself.
How to Search & Filter Investors
In the top navigation bar there is a section called: “Investors” and from that dropdown menu choose “All Investors” to see a grid view of all the investors tracked by Mattermark. Now we can filter investors based on various criteria including:
- fund type (VC, angel, etc.)
- fund size
- most recent fundraise date
- investor location
- location of their portfolio companies
- total portfolio size
- total number of distinct deals
- industry vertical of their portfolio companies
- average growth score of the portfolio companies
- date ranges of when their deals occurred (this gets at who is active and how active)
An Example: Which U.S. Venture Capital Funds Have Not Announced a New Fund in the Past 2+ Years?
To get a sense of how useful this can be, let’s find all the venture capital funds that have not raised a new fund in the past two or more years. Why might we care? Because these are the funds that may not have the capital left to write you a check, and they are also the most likely to be raising new money right now.
To perform this search, we need to apply a few filters to the data set:
Set Investor Location to United States
It well known in the VC industry, but perhaps less obvious to those outside, that seed and venture capital funds have a 12-18 month fundraising process and find themselves back in the market for their next fund every 3 years or so. Although these funds are designed to last 10 years, the majority of the investing activity happens in the first 36 months after the fund is closed. This means startup investors are constantly cultivating relationships with existing and potential LPs, and looking to understand who they are up against what the most successful fundraising profile looks like.
Set Estimated Most Recent Fund Date to July 1, 2014
Applying just these two filters cuts the list down from nearly 20,000 to just 157 funds (click this link to view the exact search results).
Because the list is sorted by funds raised in the past 3 years, we can see some interesting names rise to the top:
Mattermark in the Future
Someday, it would be great to type the text in of the header of this section into a search engine box, purely in natural language, and just get the results. As you can see, Google struggles with this right now: