Which states have the highest number of investments?

Results:

Hovering over this map shows the number of investments made on a state by state basis (at the time of which our data was collected). In the United States, most investments are consolidated within a few states: California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington. These states holding the top spots is consistent with expectations as these are all major hotspots for start-ups.

Do venture capitalists tend to diversify their investment portfolios, or do they tend to invest in a particular sector?

Results:

Venture capitalist firms have a wide range of sectors that they invest in with the top 50 VCs having a very similar sector breakdown of their portfolios as the the overall sector breakdown of investments. Most notably, the top 50 VCs appear to not invest in Biotechnology nearly as much and split their portfolios evenly across all sectors with no particular sector being invested in much more than another.

Which parts of the year are investments/acquisitions more active? Is there a part of the year where overall activity is greater?

Results:

January sees the most activity in both the overall number of investments made and the number of companies being acquired. We believe this is likely due to tax reasons as January is the beginning of the Tax season. October sees the highest number of acquisitions following January.

Do leading venture capitalists tend to invest domestically or are their investments diversified with international investments?

Results:

Domestic investments are far more common than international investments. The exception to this trend is Wayra which is located in Madrid, Spain.

Which sectors garner the highest number of investments? How has this changed over time?