In the August Issue of Entrepreneur magazine they had an interesting article that lists the "most active" early stage VC investors.

For those trying to get funded this is an important distinction, why? because those doing moire deals maybe better bets. You still need to do all the usual checks like are they in your space, do you have a strong intro and are they investing *now*…

In the last few months since this was written everything has changed and so it’s important to do the groundwork and find out the best approach but this data is still a useful "barometer" of where to start the search.

(In the same issue they also had another useful piece on other types of funding and that can be found here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/magazine/entrepreneur/2008/august/195692.html)

Here’s a summary of the VC review:

Entrepreneurs were the big winners in 2007, receiving more than $7 billion in venture capital a quarter for four straight quarters–a phenomenon not seen since 2001. Venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,813 deals in 2007, a 10.8 percent increase in dollars and a 5 percent increase in deal volume over 2006.

Every year we take the pulse of the VC industry to help you determine if now is the right time to seek funding. Our listing ranks VC firms by the number of early-stage deals made in 2007. We’ve also included a listing of later-stage funding firms.

Here are the top 30, visit the site for more VC’s to go for.

Top 30 Firms for Early Stage Companies

No. Deals in 2007*
VC
Location

19
Maryland Technology Development Corporation
Columbia, MD

16
Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Menlo Park, CA

15
Ben Franklin Technology Partners Southeastern PA
Philadelphia, PA

15
Innovation Works, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

14
New Enterprise Associates
Baltimore, MD

13
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA
Bethlehem, PA

13
First Round Capital
West Conshohocken, PA

12
Mohr Davidow Ventures
Menlo Park, CA

11
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Menlo Park, CA

10
Domain Associates LLC
Princeton, NJ

10
General Catalyst Partners
Cambridge, MA

10
Intel Capital
Santa Clara, CA

10
Village Ventures
Williamstown, MA

9
InterWest Partners
Menlo Park, CA

9
Labrador Ventures
Palo Alto, CA

9
Polaris Venture Partners
Waltham, MA

9
SV Life Sciences Advisers
Boston, MA

9
vSpring Capital
Salt Lake City, UT

8
Connecticut Innovations, Inc.
Rocky Hill, CT

8
HealthCare Ventures LLC
Cambridge, MA

8
Illinois Ventures LLC
Chicago, IL

8
North Bridge Venture Partners
Waltham, MA

8
Prism Venture Partners
Westwood, MA

8
Sigma Partners
Menlo Park, CA

8
True Ventures
Palo Alto, CA

7
ARCH Venture Partners
Chicago, IL

7
Atlas Venture, Ltd.
Waltham, MA

7
DCM Doll Capital Management
Menlo Park, CA

7
Khosla Ventures
Menlo Park, CA

7
Matrix Partners
Waltham, MA

* First sequence financing in startup/seed or early-stage companies.

For the full listing: http://www.entrepreneur.com/vc100/stage/early.html

If you have a later stage company, take a look here: Top Firms for Later Stage Companies

The VC 100 ranking is based on the number of first-time fundings to companies in the startup and early stages of development made by VC firms and similar entities in calendar year 2007 as measured by the "MoneyTree Report" from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters.