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.

Top 5 US Angel Investors Over the Last Year

Angel investors have been playing a pivotal role in the American economy for almost half a century, particularly in shaping up the technology industry. Silicon Valley, for instance, has been built and developed by and on the foundations laid by many angel investors. All major tech giants today were start-ups at one point in time.

This infographic shows the Top 5 US Angel Investors of 2013.  Between them, they have invested in more than 700 start-ups so far, out of which more than 150 were in 2013 alone.

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Infographic – The Effectiveness of Online Advertising for Small Businesses

This infographic was compiled from research by SCORE to determine if online advertising in the form of banner advertisements, paid social media promotions and pay-per-click (PPC) ads have offered significant value to small businesses and if they will continue to do so. It gives stats on how many small businesses currently use this marketing technique, how much they spend on online advertising, average click-through rates and the typical return on investment for ads placed on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.