Boston’s top VC dealmakers in Q2


This week Charles River Ventures, now known as CRV, announced that its new fund would make Silicon Valley the priority, formalizing a shift westward that has been going on for a few years now.

Other Boston-area firms have ramped up their West Coast investing in recent years as well—among them General Catalyst Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, and, of course, Greylock Partners.

And yet, plenty of venture deals in tech and biotech continue to get done in Boston. And in some cases, it’s firms who weren’t born and bred in the area who appear to be picking up the slack.

As you’ll see in the list below, three of the top venture dealmakers in Boston during the second quarter—Google Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and Canaan Partners—are firms that aren’t rooted in the region. New Enterprise Associates, for one, just opened an office in Cambridge in November.

What follows is the Dow Jones VentureSource data on the venture capital firms who closed the most deals in Boston during the second quarter, along with links to some of the deals from the firms that we’ve covered.

Atlas Venture

Google Ventures

Canaan Partners

  • Three deals
  • The big deal: SilverRail$40 million Series C 

New Enterprise Associates

  • Three deals
  • The big deal: Acquia, $50 million

Partners Innovation Fund

Bessemer Venture Partners

.406 Ventures

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Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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