Kia Kokalitcheva | Fortune
Of course, this isn’t the whole story. Silicon Valley loves vanity metrics, so lets add a new one to evaluate venture capital firms: mobile app downloads.
Mobile analytics company SensorTower recently released a report ranking the top 20 VC firms based on how many times people downloaded the apps created by their portfolio companies. And the winner is: Kleiner Perkins.
In all, Kleiner invested in 13 of the top 1,000 best performing apps in Apple’s App Store last year, racking a combined 81.3 million iOS downloads, according to SensorTower’s estimates.
Its top three apps are Uber, Snapchat, and Spotify, though the firm has also invested in Airbnb, Houzz, Flipboard, Shopkick, and Jawbone (Up) among others.
In second place came Institutional Venture Partners, with an estimated 60.8 million total downloads from apps like Snapchat, Clash of Clans (Supercell), and Dropbox.
Accel Partners, also an investor in Spotify, Clash of Clans, Dropbox, rounded out the top three with an estimated 52.8 million total downloads. Check out SensorTower’s blog for the full list.