Retail Technology Funding Trends – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight recent trends in Retail Technology startup funding activity. The graphics include data through early February 2017.

Retail Technology Funding By Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Retail Tech startups for each year. 2015 is the best year with just under $9B in funding. 2014 comes in at second place at around $8B in funding.

Retail Technology Funding By Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Retail Tech companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2010 have raised the most funding at around $4.5B.

We are currently tracking 1,543 Retail Technology companies in 22 categories across 57 countries, with a total of $38 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Retail Technology report and database.

Venture Investing in Bitcoin – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology sector. The graphics include data through January 2017.

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The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Bitcoin category to the number of companies in the category. The Blockchain Innvations category is leading in funding, with just over $850M. Bitcoin Exchanges takes the lead in company count, at around 225.

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The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Bitcoin category. The Bitcoin Mining category leads the sector with around $27M in average funding per company, followed by the Bitcoin Big Data and Bitcoin Wallet categories.

We are currently tracking 910 Bitcoin companies in 12 categories across 73 countries, with a total of $2 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Bitcoin landscape report and database.

Artificial Intelligence Activity by Selected Investors – Q1 2017

The following graph summarizes the investor activity in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space. Please note these graphics are made using data through October 2016.

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The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds AI investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. 500 Startups and Y Combinator take the lead in both the total number of investments into the space at around 23, and the number of companies backed at around 21.

We are currently tracking 1,612 AI companies in 13 categories across 70 countries, with a total of $12 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Artificial Intelligence landscape report and database.

Artificial Intelligence Exits by Category and by Year – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Artificial Intelligence sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

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Exit Activity by Category in Artificial Intelligence

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Marketing Technology category. The Machine Learning Applications, Natural Language Processing, and Image Recognition Platforms categories lead the sector with 25 exits each.

Exit Activity by Year in Artificial Intelligence
Exit Activity by Year in Artificial Intelligence
The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Marketing Technology by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 25 acquisitions, with 2014 following behind with 21 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 1589 Artificial Intelligence companies in 13 categories across 70 countries, with a total of $10.6B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Artificial Intelligence landscape report and database.

Financial Technology Activity by Selected Investors – Q1 2017

The following graph summarizes the investor activity in the Financial Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through January 2017.

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The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Financial Technology investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. Accel Partners takes the lead in total number of investments into the space at around 70. Y Combinator has backed the highest number of companies, at just over 60.

We are currently tracking 2,082 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 60 countries, with a total of $61 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

Blockchain Technology (Bitcoin) Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Blockchain Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through January 2017.

Blockchain Technology/Bitcoin Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 12 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Blockchain Technology Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Blockchain Technology categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Blockchain Technology categories are as follows

Bitcoin Big Data: Companies that develop tools to review, parse, and analyze activity on the public ledger to increase transparency. Examples include monitoring wallets, advanced search filtering, and trend analysis.

Bitcoin Exchanges: Companies that allow users to buy and sell crypto-currencies, provide market analytics, and allow for the implementation of sophisticated trading strategies. Examples include simple consumer-oriented solutions, marketplaces to match buyers and sellers, and broker/dealers that make their own market and trade on their own inventory.

Bitcoin Financial Services: Companies that provide typical banking services using bitcoin technology. Examples include offering financial investment advice on how to manage your portfolio of crypto-currencies, providing remittance payments, and providing loans denominated in bitcoin.

Bitcoin Gambling: Companies that offer gambling opportunities using bitcoin. Examples include online casinos, and white-label game developers.

Bitcoin Infrastructure: Companies that are building the functionality that supports the continued development and expansion of the bitcoin ecosystem. Examples includes organizations responsible for maintaining the open-source code, offering white-label solutions for common bitcoin functions (such as wallets or exchanges), and the physical-world bitcoin Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

Bitcoin Mining: Companies that develop and operate the computer hardware associated with processing bitcoin transactions (known as “mining”). Examples include the production of bespoke ASIC computers, large scale mining rig operators, and cloud mining pool software.

Bitcoin News and Data Services: Companies that provide news and data around the bitcoin ecosystem. Examples include organizations that offer up-to-date pricing information, original content, and aggregated sources of bitcoin-related news.

Bitcoin Payments: Companies that enable merchants and consumers to pay for real world goods and services using bitcoin as the medium of exchange. Examples include mobile payments via apps, Point-of-Sale terminals pre-built with bitcoin options, and developers of enterprise-level solutions.

Bitcoin Services: Bitcoin services include companies that offer typical business services (such as consulting, security, etc.), but with a bitcoin focus. Examples include recruiting, regulatory compliance, and technical implementation.

Bitcoin Trust and Verification Services: Companies that help verify a bitcoin user’s identity for regulatory purposes. Examples include identity verification for anti-fraud, anti-money laundering, and anti-terror financing laws.

Bitcoin Wallets: Companies that offer consumers a place to securely store their bitcoins. Examples include cold storage solutions, multi-step authentication, and insuring the deposits.

Blockchain Innovations: Companies that are working on blockchain distributed ledger technologies. Examples include increased settlement speed for financial transactions between banks, smart self-enforcing contracts, and cross-blockchain interoperability.

We are currently tracking 897 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 73 countries, with a total of $1.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology report and database.

Venture Investing in the Future of TV – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Future of Television (FoTV) sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

Future of TV Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each FoTV category to the number of companies in the category. The Video Consumption Platforms category leads the sector in funding, with just under $6B. The Video Advertising Platforms category leads in the number of startups, coming it at around 140.

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The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each FoTV category. The Video Consumption Platforms category leads the sector with around $85M in average funding per company. The Video Creation Platforms and Social Video Platforms categories round out the top three.

We are currently tracking 704 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 37 countries, with a total of $21B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of TV landscape report and database.