Thursday, April 10, 2014

Is it a boom? VC financing and exits hit record quarterly levels says CB Insights report

Now is the fourteenth winter of our discontent, made glorious summer not by the software of Sun but by the venture capital database built upon it. Some of the quarter’s highlights are:
The quarter saw $9.99 billion invested into 880 deals. Things got busy in Q1 2014 as venture capital investment hit its highest quarterly mark since Q2 2001. Compared to the same quarter last year, Q1 2014 saw fundings jump a notable 44% while deal activity rose 5%.

The most VC-backed IPOs since Q3 2000.   35 U.S.-based VC-backed companies went public in Q1, the highest quarterly tally since Q3 2000.  VC-backed M&A also jumped in Q1 - the 174 venture-backed mergers or acquisitions in Q1 represented 69% growth from the same quarter last year.
Clean tech has good news – What? Yes really.  Funding and deals both climb for the first time in a long while. Green tech startups saw the highest deal and funding total the sector has received over the past five quarters in Q1’14. Compared to the same quarter last year, Q1 2014 saw a notable 38% increase in VC funding dollars and a 9% rise in deals.

The contrarian: Mobile falls below  $1B in VCAfter 2 quarters of over a billion in VC investment, mobile eased up a bit falling below $1 billion in total funding for the quarter.

500 Startups, NEA and Kleiner lead – The most active VCs in the quarter each participated in 30 or more deals. 500 Startups led venture capital investors by unique company deals in Q1 2014, followed by Silicon Valley heavyweights Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and New Enterprise Associates.

Mega deals drive late stage VC activity. Behind notable mega-deals including Cloudera and Tango, Q1 saw late-stage VC funding share (Series D/Series E+) hit 47%, a five- quarter high. With companies taking longer to go public, Series E+ deal share also hit a five-quarter high at 10%.

Geography.  The top two VC-backed deals in California accounted for more VC dollars than all deals in either NY and Mass. On a sequential basis, California VC funding jumped 56% raking in $5.75B. Washington fell from its Q4 highs while Texas showed strength hitting a five quarter high.

The full report from CBInsights is available by clicking here. 

This report covers equity financings into emerging companies. Funding must come from venture capital firms including corporate venture groups. Angel investments are not included unless an investment round included Angels investing alongside a venture capital firm or corporate venture group    

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

HALO Report Reveals Angel Group Investing Trends for Full Year 2013: Investment Sizes and Valuations Rise

The Halo Report, released today, finds angel group activity rising with more high-valuation deals closed in 2013 than the previous year. While median round sizes held steady at $600K per deal, they were at a three year high when angels co-invested with non-angels.  The share of angel investment in Internet, healthcare and mobile startups continued to increase. Golden Seeds, Tech Coast Angels, and Houston Angel Network, which is new to the list, were the three most active angel groups in 2013.

“The angel investing market is showing early signs of warming up, with co-investment round sizes and valuations trending upward to three year highs,” said Rob Wiltbank, Vice Chairman of Research, Angel Resource Institute.  “With a continued progression toward more even distribution of investments nationally, entrepreneurs throughout the country are likely to find it easier to access angel investors for critical early stage funding.”

The largest share of angel deals (19%), with the greatest amount of investment (20%), continues to occur in California, yet overall deals are becoming more evenly distributed across the rest of the nation. The dollars invested, however, remain more concentrated.  In 2013, 67% of angel group dollars were invested in the top five out of ten regions: California, New England, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast.  The same five regions completed 63% of the deals.

Halo Report 2013 Highlights:

Round Sizes
Median angel round sizes remained steady over a three year period and were $600K for 2013. When angel groups co-invest with other types of investors, the median round size reached $1.7M, which was a three-year high, but fell in Q4 following an upward trend earlier in the year.  

The most consistent finding in the report is median pre-money valuations in early-stage companies, which remain steady at $2.5M year over year. However, 2013 saw more high-valuation deals close than 2012, despite the consistent median.  

Most Active Angel Groups
The ten most active US angel groups were, in order:
Golden Seeds
Tech Coast Angels
Houston Angel Network
Central Texas Angel Network
Sand Hill Angels
Launchpad Venture Group
New York Angels
Desert Angels
Investor Circle
Alliance of Angels

Year over year, only New York and the Mid-Atlantic region gained a larger share of both deals and dollars in 2013. By the same measure, New England and the Northwest produced a smaller share of deals and invested dollars than they had the prior year. California and the Great Lakes led in share of deals in 2013, while California and New England led in share of dollars invested.

Together, Internet, healthcare and mobile companies comprised an even higher percentage of angel group deals (74%) and angel group dollars (79%), a significant increase from the prior year. Internet companies saw the largest increase over other sectors in share of deals and dollars in 2013.

The trends above can be viewed here in this Infographic

About the report
The Halo Report, introduced today to the 620 attendees at the  , includes aggregate analysis of investment activity by angels and angel groups and highlights trends in round sizes, location and industry preferences. The data is collected directly by the Angel Resource Institute (ARI)  and aggregated with public data using CB Insights innovative data analyses. The 2013 Halo Report data is based on 884 deals totaling $1.1 billion in total rounds including co-investors.  The transaction details are available in the CB Insights subscription database for users to review and analyze themselves.  Academics may also access some of the data through ARI.

The Angel Resource Institute (ARI) is a charitable organization devoted to education, mentoring and research in the field of angel investing, a growing driver of our entrepreneurial economy. ARI was founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The programs of ARI include educational workshops and seminars, research projects and reports, and information about angel investing for the general public. ARI is affiliated with the Angel Capital Association, the professional association of angel groups in North America. More information is available at

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