Infographic – The 10 Biggest U.S. Venture Capital Exits Of 2014

2014 was a huge year for venture capital funding in the United States. According to CB Insights, $47.3 billion was invested in 3,617 deals, a huge 62% increase vs. 2013. This infographic shows the top 10 exits of 2014, which in total brought in over $48.5 billion.

Top 50 Universities for VC-Backed Entrepreneurs

Research firm PitchBook reviewed its venture-capital database of more than 13,000 founders and ranked each school by the number of graduates who went on to launch venture-backed companies over five years ending August 2014. It also calculated the total number of startups founded by a college’s alumni and total capital raised from each institution.

Check out the top 50 undergraduate colleges churning out VC-backed entrepreneurs and innovators.

Infographic – The 25 Most Active Corporate VCs

Here is a top 25 ranking of corporate VCs in the U.S. since the start of 2013 to May 30, 2014, based on data from PitchBook. The rise of corporate VCs in the early-stage means that, in addition to tracking traditional venture firms and angel investors, startups must keep a closer eye on the most active corporate VCs for funding opportunities.

US venture capital firms raised raised $8.9 billion in Q1 2014

CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports venture capital firms had their strongest fundraising Q1 since 2007.

Calling all UK angels to help with a quick survey

Hi everyone,

We’re helping out with a research study on angel groups in the UK.

The study is being conducted by Tiago Botelho and Prof Colin Mason from the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School, and should allow us to see how our members see syndication in general and how we can improve our network.

We’d be really grateful if any UK angel investors could take the time to complete the survey (it is completely anonymous and should take around 10 minutes).

Here is the link for the survey, which will be open until the end of June:  https://qtrial2014.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ehryzeOsCGAS4hT

Also, it would be great if you could share this link with any other UK angels that you know.

Infographic – The Top 25 Venture Capital Firms Backing U.S. Startups

The rise in venture capital funding in 2013 is proving that the industry still has legs despite hitting a post-recession trough in 2009. Venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of 7 percent in dollars and a 4 percent increase in deals over the prior year, according to the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree™ Report.

Chart – Top 10 Industries Raising the Most Venture Capital

Last year VC firms invested $11 billion in the software sector, according to a report from advisory firm PwC.  Check out this chart to see the other top sectors where venture capitalists were putting their cash.

Barbara Corcoran’s Angel Investor Checklist

Shark Tank star and angel investor shares the hard-hitting questions she asks entrepreneurs before investing in their business.

Jeff Clavier on how to be an Angel Investor

Leena Rao interviews SoftTech VC Jeff Clavier about the way he became an angel investor and how to become one yourself at Disrupt SF 2011 day three.