DFJ Leading the Cleantech (Investment) Crusade

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers might have the green duo Gore and Doerr in their corner, and over at Khosla Ventures, well, obviously the biofuel Boss Vinod Khosla is leading that firm. But according to data from Thomson Financial and a post from Lawrence Aragon on PeHub.com, the folks at Draper Fisher Jurvetson are the current cleantech chiefs of 2007, with 11 investments made this year for a total of $43.25 million.

That beats KPCB’s eight cleantech deals, worth a total of $76.83 million, and Khosla Ventures’ eight cleantech deals for a total of $63.35 million, according to the Thomson data. I agree with Aragon: It does seems surprising that DFJ-led cleantech deals this year, but unlike other industries, such as web and mobile, a lot of cleantech firms and venture investors choose to fly under the radar, sticking with the “stealth” moniker for years. And given that many start out as interesting science projects that will take many years to prove, it makes sense that firms like DFJ choose to remain more low profile when it comes to their cleantech portfolio.

But congrats to the DFJ team for a list that includes Bright Source Energy, Reva Electric Car Company, CoalTek, Deeya Energy, EnerNOC, Great Point Energy, Intematix, Konarka, Miartech, SolarCity, Synthetic Genomics, Tesla Motors, Inc., Tioga Energy, among others. Here’s the rest of the list (and thanks to Thomson and PeHub for the kick @ss data):

  • Draper Fisher Jurvetson, 11, $43.25 million
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, 8, $76.83 million
  • Khosla Ventures, 8, $63.35 million
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., 7, $45.99 million
  • NGEN Partners, 7, $26.21 million
  • VantagePoint Venture Partners, 5, $48.16 million
  • New Enterprise Associates, 5, $40.50 million
  • Nth Power, 5, $7.71 million
  • @Ventures, 5, $7.17 million
  • Good Energies Inc., 4, $67.38 million
  • Technology Partners, 4, $27.68 million
  • Sigma Partners, 4, $22.95 million
  • DFJ Element, 4, $18.01 million
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners, 4, $14.55 million
  • Mohr Davidow Ventures, 4, $13.00 million
  • Rockport Capital Partners, 4, $9.18 million