Analysis Of Investment Activity By Season

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Eddy Kim.

Many people in tech believe that VCs slow the pace of their investing during the summer, especially in August. We wanted to verify this using the CrunchBase dataset by comparing deals over the past few years.

We graphed total deals by month in CrunchBase from January 2010 to July 2013, but there was no apparent slump that occurred during the summer months. We did however, discover an interesting trend in January — a New Year’s resolution-like phenomenon: There is a sudden spike in total deals in January, with a sudden drop in deals in February.

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CrunchBase Daily Read by Worldwide Audience of 80,000

Each weekday morning we send the CrunchBase Daily to over 80,000 subscribers and from what we can tell, it’s a hit.  Nearly 40% of the emails are opened each day and people read the emails almost immediately.  Our email service provider SailThru, reports that 30% of emails are read within the first 60 minutes of being sent and another 45% are read within the next 3 hours.

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Stanford, Harvard and UC Berkeley Lead the Top 25 Schools in Churning out Entrepreneurs

Stanford is well known for churning out successful entrepreneurs like SnapChat’s Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy. Then there is Harvard’s famous attendee Mark Zuckerberg  and MIT’s Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi.  Using the CrunchBase dataset, we wanted to find out what schools are really leading the production of new entrepreneurs.  The data does show Stanford leading the way, but other schools are not far behind.

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Yahoo! Leads 2013 YTD Acquisitions with 19 including RockMelt, Xobni, and Tumblr

In 2013 Yahoo!‘s acquisitions have consistently been in the news.  So far this year, Yahoo! has acquired 19 companies, including last week’s talent acquisition of Rockmelt.  Other notable acquisitions include Xobni, Qwiki, Tumblr, and Summly.

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CrunchBase tracks acquisitions, big and small. In today’s CrunchBase DailyTrainSignal acquired Plural Sight for $24 million, Angie’s List acquired BrightNest for $6.3 million, and IBT Media acquired Newsweek.  Here’s a quick breakdown of 2013 acquisitions found in the CrunchBase dataset:

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July 2013 Excel Released! 54k Changes to Dataset Including 7k New Companies

In July, CrunchBase saw 54,371 user-submitted changes, almost 9k more than we saw in June.  Those edits included the addition of 7,286 companies, 676 people, and 452 financial organizations. Highlights of the July 2013 export:

Download the July 2013 Excel Here.

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Vancouver’s Venture Capital History and HootSuite’s $165 million round

Last week, Vancouver-based social media aggregator platform HootSuite raised a $165 million series B round from Insight Venture Partners, Accel Partners, and OMERS Ventures. This was the largest round in Vancouver’s history and accounted for 18% of all venture funding in Vancouver. The second largest round was $77 million in 2009 by cleantech company Ram Power. The following graphs are a snapshot of Vancouver’s VC history:

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The Startup Universe According to Visual.ly

Editor’s note: Visual.ly is the latest addition to the CrunchBase Spotlight Program which highlights the best applications and research built on the CrunchBase dataset.  Contact us if you’d like to be part of the program.

San Francisco-based data visualization and infographics startup Visual.ly, in collaboration with Milan-based design agency Accurat and graphic designer Ben Willers, released The Startup Universe – an interactive guide that shows the network of startups, founders, and venture capitalists found in CrunchBase. Using the CrunchBase API, Visual.ly incorporated more than 12,000 venture capitalists, 29,000 startups, and 34,000 founders to create this web of relationships. Here is the home page where the top 50 startups by category can be seen or a simple search can be done.

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June Excel Released! And Q2 2013 Article – SF Beats NY, Boston, and LA COMBINED

TechCrunch and CrunchBase collaborated to publish a Q2 2013 recap article using data found in the newly released June 2013 Excel Spreadsheet.

In June, CrunchBase saw 70,000 edits, 7,000 new company profiles, and 9,000 new people profiles. Highlights from the June 2013 Excel:

  • $4 billion raised in the United States
  • San Francisco Bay Area raised $1.3 billion, 75% of the money invested in California
  • Most active investors: Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, 500 Startups, ERA, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Redpoint Ventures
  • Biotech $780 million, Ecommerce $480 million, Software $400 million, Web $170 million, Education $18 million

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CrunchBase Goes Pound for Pound With VentureSource – Insights From Guillaume Goujon

Editor’s note: Research by Guillaume Goujon (@Inn0vmatt3rs) is the latest addition to the CrunchBase Spotlight Program which highlights the best applications and research built on the CrunchBase dataset.

After CrunchBase released the April 2013 Excel Spreadsheet, Guillaume Goujon analyzed the accuracy of CrunchBase in How Accurate is CrunchBase? – Part 1 and Part 2. Goujon concluded that in 2010-2012, the accuracy of CrunchBase’s VC rounds were 85-95% and the accuracy of funding raised by region in the US and Europe was identical to reports by VentureSource.

Thanks to the CrunchBase Venture Program and the CrunchBase community, the data is getting better than ever.

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