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The top ten venture capital firms in Boston, based on their digital profile and social media presence

A California brand monitoring agency called Heardable published a report last week on “The Top 50 Leading Brands in Venture Capital,” based on their social media activity and their online presence. The report will set you back $3995, but a reader was kind enough to share his copy with me.
Just one Boston firm shows up in Heardable’s overall top 10: OpenView Venture Partners, at #6, which just announced a fresh $200 million fund this week.

But ten other local firms made it into Heardable’s top 50 list, which considers things like how much content a firm publishes, and how frequently that content is shared by others; how mobile-friendly the firm’s website is; and how many fans and followers it has on Facebook and Twitter. Here are the ten Boston-area firms that appear in Heardable’s rankings:

1. Openview Venture Partners – Boston
2. Polaris Venture Partners – Waltham
3. Matrix Partners – Waltham
4. Point Judith Capital – Boston (formerly Providence)
5. Battery Ventures – Waltham
6. Charles River Ventures – Cambridge
7. Prism VentureWorks – Needham
8. Highland Capital Partners – Cambridge
9. New Atlantic Ventures – Cambridge
10. Bain Capital Ventures – Boston

The three local firms I’m most surprised not to see on this list? Spark Capital, Flybridge Capital Partners, and NextView Ventures. All three are newer brands in the VC world, but they all do a great job of creating useful content for entrepreneurs and sharing their thinking in the social mediasphere.

The Boston Globe
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