The Top US 10 Cities Of The Year For Private Tech Acquisitions

PrivCo has released its 2014 Private Tech Company M&A Research Report.  The report included a Top 10 Ranking for private tech acquisitions, with Silicon Valley ranking as the #1 metro area with 281 private tech company acquisitions in 2013. Ranked just behind it were New York (Ranked #2) & San Diego (Ranked #3). Interestingly, up-and-coming tech hubs like Chicago, Austin, and Atlanta are challenging traditional leaders like Boston, which fell to the ninth spot on this years report, despite being Ranked #3 in last year’s Top 10 U.S. Cities For Private Tech M&A.

 

Distribution of Venture Capital Deals in the US by Industry, Q1 2014

In the first quarter of 2014, software companies also received three times the number of deals of the next closest industry category, Media & Entertainment. 46% or 126 software deals were completed in Q1, compared to 40 in Media & Entertainment. Biotechnology companies were third with 8% or 22 deals. The following graphic provides a comparison of deals by industry for Q1, 2014.

Google Ventures has been the most active corporate VC since 2012

Here is the list of the top 25 most active corporate VCs since the start of 2012:

Interestingly the top 10 most active investors participated in more than 40% of the VC deals during this period. Google Ventures and Intel Capital combined to participate in more than 1/5 of all corporate venture capital deals, which is pretty staggering.

Infographic – New SEC Rules on General Solicitation

The SEC has lifted the ban on General Solicitation and permits startups, private companies, venture capitalists, and hedge funds to openly advertise that they’re raising money in private offerings.

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world: 

  • Liquor.com, a site featuring award-winning articles, hand-selected cocktail recipes & bar guides, bags $3.1M Series B funding
  • AcuityAds, which uses real-time bidding for advertisers to bid on ad time just before a consumer loads a webpage, raises $3M funding
  • Chairish, an online marketplace to buy and sell pre-owned furniture, has raised a $3.2 million seed round
  • Kissmetrics, a web analytics startup that helps small e-commerce companies make data-driven decisions, has raised $7M funding
  • Nifti, a new shopping service that helps you keep track of when items you want to buy go on sale, has raised $800,000 seed funding
  • RedMart, an online grocery service in Singapore, has secured nearly $3.5M Series A funding to grow the business
  • Swell, a new mobile listening experience for news & information that learns what you like as you listen, raises $5.4M Series A funding
  • TB Biosciences, which is developing a point-of-care test for the detection of tuberculosis, has closed $1.5 million Series A financing
  • Maker’s Row, the marketplace that connects American manufacturers with businesses, has raised $1M seed funding led by Comcast and Index
  • Viableware, which designs software & hardware products intended to replace traditional bills in restaurants, lands $6.5M Series B funding
  • KartRocket.com, a do-it-yourself (DIY) e-commerce platform for Indian SMEs and retailers, has raised seed funding
  • Riskive, a stealth-mode cyber security technology start-up, has secured $2.2M in seed funding
  • Panjo, a marketplace for the world’s most ardent auto, sport, and hobby enthusiasts, has raised $1.6M seed funding
  • NatureBox, the leading online service for healthy snack food, has secured $8.5M Series A funding led by General Catalyst Partners
  • LiveMinutes, an online collaboration service you can use for meetings and web conferencing, has closed a $1.4 million seed round
  • Geepers, whose vision is to create the primary geo-physical address protocol in the digital world, has secured angel funding
  • SnapLion.com, a platform which enables users to develop mobile applications, has raised funding from venture funds and angels
  • Crowdly, an online platform that helps big brands promote themselves on Facebook, has raised $1.2M seed funding
  • Hall, which provides a cross-platform, cross-device messaging service to businesses, has closed $5.5 million Series A funding
  • TheShoppingPro, an internet-based startup aiming to make the online shoppers’ life easy and rewarding, has raised Rs 22 lakh angel funding
  • Addvocate, a service that helps companies put some operations management behind its social media efforts, has closed $2M Series A funding

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world: 

  • Vaultize, a cloud-based enterprise file sharing and sync (EFSS) and mobility vendor, has raised Series A funding from Tata Capital
  • Yellloh, a web-based platform dedicated to elevating the level and quality of online discussions, has closed seed funding
  • SoThree, the developers of Umano, the app that’s revolutionizing the way you listen to articles on the go, has raised ~$1M seed funding
  • SnoopWall, a patent-pending antispyware program that blocks remote eavesdropping, has secured funding from the Angel Breakfast Club
  • TouchOfModern, the online source for high-quality, innovative design products from around the world, has raised $3M Series A funding
  • Instacart, which offers grocery delivery services from multiple local stores within an hour, has raised $8.5M Series A funding
  • MarkITx, the premier online marketplace for buyers, sellers and wholesalers of secondary IT equipment, secures $2.15M seed funding
  • TrustRadius, an online platform for user-generated reviews of business software, has raised $5 million Series A funding
  • Codeanywhere, an online code editor pitched as ‘a Google Docs equivalent for developers’, has raised a $600,000 Series A investment
  • Privy, a customer acquisition and retention solution for multi-unit local businesses, lands $1.7M seed funding
  • Opbeat, a collaborative web operations platform you can set up in minutes, has raised a $2.7M Series A round led by Balderton Capital
  • Parenting information and e-commerce firm wauwaa.com, has closed €220,000 seed funding from angel investors
  • Mark43, whose software lets police officers spend less time doing paper work and more time in the field, has raised $1.95M seed funding
  • TalentBin, the “talent search engine” that turbo-charges talent discovery across the web, has announced $2 million Series A funding
  • Waygo, an app that instantly translates Chinese characters into English by hovering a smartphone camera over it, gets $900K seed funding
  • Soma, a charitable water filter maker, has closed $3.7M4 seed funding led by Baseline Ventures and Forerunner Ventures
  • EyeEm, a community and marketplace for high quality mobile photography, has raised $6 million in ventrue capital funding
  • Proven, the leading on-the-go employment app, has announced the closing of $1 million in additional funding

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The Top 20 Cities for Venture Capital Activity in the US

Here are the 20 the most capital-dense start-up communities in the US, according to research by Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor at Large at The Atlantic Cities

Which of these are you most surprised to see in the list?

Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Twitter Roundup

Angel Investment News:

  • Global venture capital financing hit $US10.4 billion in the second quarter of 2013: http://ow.ly/mKhZI
  • Mena investments up $200m in 2012 according to the Mena Private Equity Association’s annual report: http://ow.ly/mKkxi Infographic – €5.1 billion market shows European angels on the rise! http://ow.ly/mKCln
  • China’s venture capital market warms: http://ow.ly/mMHf2
  • ‘Super Angels’ in UK having growing influence in investment market: http://ow.ly/mSMzB
  • US Venture Capital Investment Amounts Doubled In Q2. Bay Area Companies Raised More Than NY, LA & Boston Combined: http://ow.ly/mTEDO
  • Renaissance Venture Capital Attracted Nearly $300 Million In 20 Michigan Companies: http://ow.ly/mTCNp

Business Plans & Pitching:

Fund Raising:

  • Tech guru and author Guy Kawasaki provides a top 10 list of the lies that entrepreneurs tell: http://ow.ly/mKicM
  • 5 Things to Avoid When Raising Mo2ney for Your Startup: http://ow.ly/mMHyj
  • The SEC’s Removal of General Solicitation Changes Everything: http://ow.ly/mRpwS

Marketing & Social Media:

Start-Up & Entrepreneurship:

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Angel Investment Network’s Weekly Funding Roundup

Here’s a roundup of some of the recent seed-stage and angel deals from around the world:

  • Combat Gent, a fine menswear etailer that equips men with everything they need to get the job done, has closed $1.84M seed funding
  • NuMedii, the startup looking to convert pages of drug safety data into faster drug-development times, grabs $3.5M Series A funding
  • Ludei, a development platform that helps developers to deliver and monetize HTML5 apps, has received $1.5 million funding
  • Lifecom, a market leader in clinical decision support solutions, has completed a Series A Financing round of over $1 million
  • Inadco, a leader in native digital advertising, has raised an $11 million Series B round led by U.S. Venture Partners
  • Playblazer, which offers a cloud-based SaaS platform for social and multi-player game developers and studios, has secured angel funding
  • PokitDok, a price transparent health and wellness marketplace where consumers shop directly from providers, raised $4MJ Series A funding
  • WhatsNexx, a leading edge provider of cross-channel marketing automation software, lands $2.33M venture capital financing
  • Chupamobile, the leading marketplace for buying and selling App Source Code, has raised new funding from US & European angel investors
  • my6sense, which provides mobile content discovery solutions for consumers, has raised $2 million angel funding
  • Taiwan-based web and mobile game publisher Pubgame has raised a Series A round led by The CID Group and appWorks Ventures
  • Outbox, which digitizes your postal mail then puts it online for access via web, iPhone, Android or iPad, raises $5M Series A funding
  • Ad tech startup Yieldbot, which helps connect publishers and advertisers to better target their display ads, attracts $5M Series A funding
  • rollApp, whose platform enables Windows and Linux apps to run on any device with a web browser, gets $1M Series A funding
  • Cubresa, a medical imaging company building the world’s only hand-held, MR-safe gamma camera, has closed $500,000 angel funding
  • Karnataka-based mobile app developer Robosoft Technologies has secured its first institutional round of funding from Kalaari Capital
  • Pixate, whose mission is to reduce the complexity of creating apps, has closed $3.8M Series A funding from Accel Partners
  • FIGS, a startup offering up fashionable medical scrubs, has raised $2M seed funding
  • Mingyian, a platform that connects Western celebrities to their fans in China, has raised $500,000 seed funding
  • SigFig, a web platform for tracking and analyzing your personal financial investments, has secured $15 million Series B funding
  • Artsly, a video platform providing short lessons in makeup, music, photography, food, painting & crafts, lands $175,000 from Kima Ventures
  • Cashback and coupon website Cashkaro has raised $750,000 seed funding from a group of UK based angel investors
  • ClusterFlunk, a virtual meeting place for college students to collaborate on assignments & prepare for exams, closes $100,000 seed funding
  • Snyppit, an app that allows you to share video moments of your life with friends and family, gets $521,000 seed funding
  • CL3VER, the first professional HTML5 web platform to create engaging 3D for web & mobile (without plugins), lands $800,000 seed funding
  • Engrade, an edtech startup that integrates people, tools, data & curriculum on one user-friendly platform, raises $5M Series B funding
  • Quartzy, an online suite of lab management tools for the academic life science community, has closed $4 million Series A financing

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40 Questions Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors Will Ask Startups

Here is a list of questions that angels and VC’s will ask startups when deciding whether to invest or not.  If you have answers to these questions up your sleeve, you should be pretty well prepared.

The Idea:

  • What does your business do?
  • What problem does it solve?

Traction:

  • What progress / milestones have you achieved so far (e.g. number of registrations, downloads, sales, pre-orders, web visits, etc)?
  • Do you have a prototype or demo version?
  • Do you have and patents or IP protection (either approved or pending)?
  • How quickly are you growing?
  • Can this traction be ramped up?

The Market & Competition:

  • Who are your target customers / users?
  • How big is the market?
  • How quickly is your target market growing?
  • What are the current market trends?
  • Who are your competitors?
  • What are your USP’s? i.e. what makes your solution better than the competition?
  • What are the barriers to entry for you to enter the market?

Marketing:

  • What is your marketing strategy?
  • What is your PR strategy?
  • What is your social media strategy?
  • What is the cost per customer acquisition?
  • How long do you expect your customers to stay with you?

The Founders & Team:

  • Who is in your management team?
  • Where are they based?
  • What industry experience do they have
  • Have they ever started a company before?
  • Have they successfully exited before?
  • Do you have any advisors?
  • Which gaps do you need to plug in your team?
  • How do you plan to scale your team?

The Financials:

  • What are your historical turnover and profit (if any)?
  • What are your projected turnover and profit?
  • What assumptions are these projections based on?
  • How much has already been invested in the company?
  • What is your monthly burn rate?

The Deal:

  • How much money do you need?
  • What is the investment going to be spent on?
  • What are you offering in return for the investment?

The Exit:

  • What is your exit strategy?
  • What do you see this happening?
  • Have there been any recent acquisitions in your sector?
  • Who are the potential acquirers?
  • How will the exit valuation be determined?

Have I missed any out?  What other questions do you think an angel or VC might ask?