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While most of us were recovering from the holiday season and trying to stick to our new year’s resolutions, others were already busy announcing the results of their latest rounds of funding.

About Venture Capital investments by industry in Jan 2014, we have data of a total of 369 companies and VC/private equity firms that raised funds. Unfortunately some of them are very secretive and don’t share the amounts, but luckily most are happy to share the details with us.

Companies/firms are divided into 37 industries, albeit there is overlapping in many cases. Some industries, such as legal and nanotech, are represented by only one company, but others by many more. The five most represented industries:

  1. Software (16.8%)

  2. Finance (9.8%)

  3. Health (8.4%)

  4. Biotech (8.4%)

  5. Ecommerce (6.8%)

Surprised that mobile is not on the list? Well it is in 7th place (4.3%), with View leading the way with $100M raised.

VC investments by industry Jan 2014 Starting off with software

Software is of course a relatively broad definition that could be split into an array of subcategories. The software companies that raised the most money are Nutanix ($101M) and Parature ($100M). Nutanix, based in San Jose, is a virtualized datacenter platform, providing disruptive datacenter infrastructure solutions for companies. It has raised a total of $172.2M in four rounds of funding. Parature, from Herndon VA, develops cloud-based customer service software for customer service and online support, and was acquired by Microsoft for $100M.

Financing the finance industry

In the Venture Capital investments by industry list in Jan 2014 it’s not hardly surprising that there is some big money going into finance – seven out of the 36 raised at least $100M. becouse in the list there are VC/private equity firms, including August Equity (£200M), Bowmark Capital (£375M), Aterian Investment Management ($256.8M), Inventus Capital Partners ($106M), Earlybird Venture Capital ($110M), Capital Partners ($360M) and the GTCR (closing of a $3.85B buyout fund).

VC Invest in your health!

The health sector saw more modest investments, ranging between $500K and $43.6M. The top three being AqueSys ($43.6M), ComplexCare Solutions ($40M) and Suneva Medical ($35M). Both the first and the last are based in California, while ComplexCare Solutions is from New York.

Turning sci-fi into reality

The biotech sector raised an average of around $18M, or just under $12M if not taking into account the massive $200M investment received by the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund (CBIF). The CBIF is a fund by Connecticut Innovations, with a goal of advancing bioscience innovation in Connecticut. The most funded companies include Italian Dedalus Group (€50M), depression medication company Auspex Pharmaceuticals ($35M) and cancer research company Juno Therapeutics ($25M).

How about some online shopping?

The top ecommerce investments went to One Kings Lane ($112M), Ideeli ($43M) and Ensighten ($40M), with other companies raising in between $500K and $35M. California-based One Kings Lane and Ensighten closed their series E and series B rounds respectively, while the New York-based Ideeli was acquired by daily deal giant Groupon.

All other investments…

Companies from other industries, that raised over $50M include Swiss private equity firm Capvis Equity, online legal service LegalZoom (through selling $200M worth of equity to Permira funds), file hosting company Dropbox, thermostat and fire alarm manufacturer Nest Labs (through a multibillion acquisition by Google), data and media management platform Turn, online food ordering marketplace Delivery Hero, audio distribution platform SoundCloud and razor selling company Harry’s.

Some of these were already covered in the previous post about startups that raised money in January, so make sure to check it out too!






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