Looking at possible avenues for investment or trying to gauge where your own company might fit into the current investment landscape? Read on.
This year has seen a lot of new investment categories. You can read the full list of the 2011 funding rounds at Crunchbase; here we provide you an overview of the startup seed and angel funding activity in the first part of the year, to see which categories are white hot (and which are over-heating).
To keep an even keel, we’ve only included businesses where the funding amount was disclosed (data is for Q1/Q2 2011).
The hottest category overall with over 28 businesses funded in the last year and a total funding amount of $14.2 million. This figure isn’t that alarming when you consider a Facebook valuation – for a rumoured public offering in Q1 2012 – is in the range of US$100 billion.
As small businesses continue to expand the ways they use social media to advertise promotions and connect with customers, investors continue to find social networks a good bet. In fact, JPMorgan Chase started a social media investment fund in February 2011 to raise between $500 and $750 million by investing in companies with solid business models (and existing revenue). Find out more