CB Insights took at look at which seed deals received follow-on funding and listed investors by the ability of their portfolios to raise new money. Here are the top 10.
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Investment activity rose modestly to $6.9 billion in the quarter (vs. $6.8 billion in the fourth quarter) and deal volume climbed to 841, according to a study from CB Insights.
Venture investors seem to have come to terms with the notion that a 1,000 or so seed companies may find their road comes to an end from the so-called Series A crunch. The next question is exactly which companies are most likely to run out of gas?
Big data means big business for venture investors. Venture capital going to startups with big-data-related business plans came close to $1.4 billion last year and accounted for more than 5% of all venture dollars placed with young companies.
During the year, 2,277 private tech companies were acquired globally, according to a study from CB Insights. While most of the deals were relatively small, or completed without a disclosed transaction value, eight of the companies were purchased for more than $1 billion.
Venture investors pulled back during the fourth quarter with dollars going to startups falling 9% and seed investors becoming more cautious. The quarter saw renewed interest in health care investing and a dip in funding for Internet startups.
Angels continued to aggressively put money to work in the third quarter of last year, with medianl round size jumping to a 15-month high and dollars going to mobile startups rising to 16.5% of total investments.
The Series A crunch boils down to this: Too many seed fundings, too few follow-on A financings. In other words, excessive supply and limited demand. So if you want to get your arms around the expected funding shortfall, do the math. That’s what CB Insights did in a recent study.
Call them the cream of the venture crop, the 472 high flying U.S.-based companies with valuations above $100 million and exciting businesses to justify them.