Corporate Investors Move Into The Accelerator Market

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Jon Shieber.

Big banks do it, big phone companies do it, and even the biggest entertainment companies do it: After years of neglect, the world’s biggest companies are throwing their weight (and a few dollars) behind new technology startups.

It wasn’t always this way.

Historically there’s been one big backer of early-stage companies and that’s the investment arm affiliated with the sultan of search, Google Ventures, according to data from CrunchBase.

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CrunchBase Monthly Export – CrunchBase Closes In On 500K Profiles

In January, we added over 3.6k funding rounds in CrunchBase to reach 57.8k overall. We also added over 22k profiles last month to close in on the 500k milestone. Highlights of the January 2014 Export include:

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Euro Secondhand Marketplace Vinted Raises $27M To Take On The Salvation Army

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a story written on TechCrunch by Jon Shieber.

The clothes may be cheap, but prices for tech companies launching mobile and web-based marketplaces to sell secondhand and consignment clothing keep going up. 

The latest company trying to get people to pop their tags virtually is Vinted, which raised $27 million in its second institutional financing – one of the largest rounds ever for a Baltic-based startup.

Fresh financing from Accel Partners and Insight Venture Partners for the Vilnius-based startup comes after Accel invested $6.6 million into the company just over a year ago to port it from a web-based application to a service primarily for mobile devices… and bring its service to the U.S.

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No Industry Is Safe From VC Disruption

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a story written on TechCrunch by Jon Shieber.

Procter & Gamble, allow me to introduce hair-dye company Madison Reed and baby care and home-cleaning-products retailer The Honest Company. Gillette, perhaps you’ve heard of the shaving companies Harry’s or Dollar Shave Club? And Uniqlo, meet VANCL, the big, online, Chinese-branded clothing retailer.

These companies are part of a growing wave of venture capital investments into branded consumer goods predicated on using information technology to reduce costs and the Internet to market directly to customers. It’s all with an eye on replacing entrenched industry players, rather than selling those players the tools they’d need to compete against young upstarts.

“It used to be that tech went into the vertical and sold to everybody in the vertical. Now companies are saying ‘No. I’m going to directly compete with you,'” said one venture investor who is backing the eyeglass retailer Warby Parker. That glasses company has set the standard for how startups can try to carve out a market in old-line industries with entrenched competition, according to a number of investors.

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CrunchBase Data Export Now Includes International Startups, Investors

Due to frequent user requests over the last few months, we have decided to now include international companies in the monthly CrunchBase data export.

In 2013, we added over 22k funding rounds in CrunchBase and surpassed 54k overall. We also added over 204k profiles in 2013 to reach nearly 475k overall. Highlights of the December 2013 Export:

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CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $41M, Exits at $242.9M

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Mark Lennon.

The CrunchBase dataset has now captured more venture exits than ever, so we decided to take a closer look at what successful startups can tell us about venture investing and the startup landscape.

We found that the average successful US startup has raised $41 million and exited at $242.9 million. We also found that there is a strong correlation between larger exits and companies that raised more money, but no such relationship between the amount of time between founding a company and being acquired or taken public.

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CrunchBase Reaches 50k Investment Rounds and 450k Profiles

In the last month, we’ve added 3k funding rounds in CrunchBase to surpass 50k overall. We also reached 450k profiles this month, by adding over 17k new profiles in November. Highlights of the November 2013 Export:

The CrunchBase dataset has now grown to 455k profiles and 51k investment rounds thanks to our community of contributors and members of the CrunchBase Venture Program. We’re publishing a snapshot of the CrunchBase database today which includes all venture funded US Companies.

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You can download the snapshot here and if you find any errors or omissions, please let us know!

The Startup Accelerator Trend Is Finally Slowing Down

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Mark Lennon.

Starting a company has never been easy. Not having to worry about market research and resources can be the difference between getting off the ground and moving back in with your parents. This might explain the record number of startup accelerators and incubators in 2013. According to our projections, there will be at least 170 worldwide by the end of the year. But despite the increase, overall seed stage investment in startups has decreased from a year ago, mainly in North America. As the top few accelerators continue to dominate, new programs are struggling to attract the best founders and make seed investments in promising companies. In an environment where only one-third of startups find follow-on investors, most young accelerators and incubators seem destined to fail because of the overcrowded market for early stage funding.

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Corporate Venture Investors Starting to Look a Lot More Like Private VCs

Editor’s note: This is a repost of a TechCrunch article written by Mark Lennon.

Corporate venture capital has always been dubiously titled ‘dumb money’, supposedly less interested in financial performance and only willing to make bets on strategically aligned startups. CVC investing, however, has grown significantly over the past few years and many leading tech companies are diversifying their investments by operating autonomous VC funds that look more and more like traditional private VCs. In 2013, both the number and size of CVC investments has continued to rise. In October 2013, 48 venture funding rounds valued at over $719M included CVC investor participation. This represented a 14% participation rate, the highest month in the CrunchBase dataset.

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October 2013 Excel Export is Out!

In the past month, we’ve added 8.7k funding rounds, more than double the prior month to reach 49k overall. Highlights of the October 2013 Export:

The CrunchBase dataset has now grown to 437k profiles and 48k investment rounds thanks to our community of contributors and members of the CrunchBase Venture Program. We’re publishing a snapshot of the CrunchBase database today which includes all venture funded US Companies.

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