Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was tied for the most active U.S. VC in the first quarter, according to peHUB’s analysis of data from Thomson Reuters (publisher of this blog). Overall, the storied Sand Hill Road firm backed 30 companies, up from 19 in the same period a year earlier, but down slightly from 35 companies in Q4. (New Enterprise Associates also backed 30 companies in the quarter.)
After largely sitting out the Web 2.0 craze for a number of years, KP is now making up for lost time. It backed nine Internet companies in Q1, the most of any segment it invested in.
Three sectors tied for second, with five investments each: biotech; computer software and services; and industrial/energy (including four cleantech deals).
Three other categories tied for third with two investments each: communications and media; medical/health; and semiconductors.
All of KP’s Q1 deals are ordered alphabetically in the following slideshow. (Just click on each slide to see a large version.)
If you’re curious about the nine other U.S.-based VCs that did the most deals in the first quarter, see my other slideshow.