Top 10 Venture Exits In New York; Who’s No. 1?

Yahoo’s $1.1 billion planned purchase of blogging site Tumblr is the largest exit of a pre-public venture-backed New York-based company in the city’s history, according to CB Insights.

The research firm put together a top 10 list, which you can find here.

In second place, but well behind Tumblr, is Right Media, which Yahoo purchase in 2007 for $850 million, CB Insights notes. Redpoint Ventures and WGI Group were backers.

At No. 3 is is Buddy Media, which sold last year for $745 million to Salesforce. Its backers included GGV Capital, Greycroft Partners and Institutional Venture Partners.

The rest of the list follows in a table courtesy of CB Insights.

Note that the list does not include DoubleClick, which Google purchased for $3.1 billion after DoubleClick went public.


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  • Someone raised the question of whether DoubleClick belongs on the list, but it was PE-backed when Google bought it.

  • It is a valid question. As I mention in the story, CB Insights excluded DoubleClick because it decided the venture exit was the IPO. However it is true the company was taken private by two private equity firms before Google bought it. I think I side with CB Insights and view the post IPO deal as a buyout not a venture investment.

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