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.

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.

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.