As we make our way through Q1 of 2019, let’s look back on 2018 and analyze how exit activity for blockchain technology compares to previous years. The graphic below shows total annual blockchain technology exit events over time.
As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 saw a drop in blockchain technology exit activity compared to the previous year. The 9 exit events in 2018 represent a 25% decrease from the 12 exit events in 2017 and a 47% decrease from the 17 exit events in 2016, which was the highest year on record for exit activity. Some of the exit events in 2018 include Poloniex’s acquisition by Circle for $400M, Earn.com’s acquisition by Coinbase for $120M, and Coincheck’s acquisition by Monex Group for $33.6M.
Let’s look back on 2018 and examine how funding in the blockchain technology sector compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual blockchain technology funding amounts over time.
As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 experienced the highest blockchain technology funding on record at $4.1B. It represents a 28% increase from the previous year’s funding. Over the past 5 years, blockchain technology funding showed staggering growth with a CAGR of 87%.
The blockchain technology industry has seen $10B in total all time funding. Let’s analyze the investors making bets into blockchain technology and identify the most active firms.
The graphic below shows blockchain technology investors based on their number of investments into the sector. If an investor participates in two investment rounds in the same company (such as a Series A and Series B), that would qualify as two investments for this graphic.
As the graphic demonstrates, the Digital Currency Group has made the most bets in the blockchain technology sector with 110 investments. BlockChain Capital follows in second place with 58 investments. Examples of companies that Digital Currency Group invested in include Basis, Circle, Ledger, and BitGo. Let’s see which investors make their way onto this list in 2019!
This blog post examines the different components of the blockchain technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.
Blockchain Innovations Is the Largest Blockchain Technology Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 1094 blockchain technology startups into 12 categories that have raised $10 billion. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that Blockchain Innovations is the largest category with 312 companies. These companies are working on distributed ledger technologies, such as smart self-enforcing contracts, cross-blockchain interoperability, and increased transaction speeds. Some example companies in this category include Blockstream, Filecoin, Blockstack, and Ripple.
Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out the funding and maturity of these categories in relation to one another.
The Pioneers Quadrant Has the Most Blockchain Technology Categories
Our Innovation Quadrant divides the blockchain technology categories into four different quadrants.
We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most blockchain technology categories with 8. These categories are in the earlier stages of funding and maturity. The Established quadrant has 2 categories that have reached maturity with less-than-average financing. The Disruptors quadrant contains one category, Mining. This category has acquired significant financing at a young age. The Heavyweights quadrant also has one category, Trust and Verification. This category has reached maturity with significant financing.
We’ve analyzed the blockchain technology categories and their relative stages of innovation. Let’s now look at how they stack up against one another in terms of their total funding versus company counts.
Blockchain Innovation Startups Have the Most Funding
The graph below shows the total amount of venture funding and company count in each category.
As the above graphic implies, the Blockchain Innovations category dominates the sector in total funding with $5.7B. Its funding is almost 5 times the funding of the next category, Exchanges with $1.2B.
Conclusion: The Blockchain Innovations Category Leads Blockchain Technology
As the analysis above demonstrates, Blockchain Innovations leads in total companies and funding. We’ll see how the blockchain technology landscape evolves and develops in the new year!
We previously highlighted that blockchain technology saw its highest Q2 funding ever in 2018. This blog post will take a closer look at the trends within the individual blockchain technology categories. Per our analysis, we can say that the Blockchain Innovations category is the unequivocal funding leader. We’ll discuss this with some charts below.
The Blockchain Innovations Category Leads Blockchain Technology In Q3 Funding
To start off, let’s review the amount of funding raised this quarter per category within blockchain technology.
The above graphic highlights that the Blockchain Innovations category leads the sector in Q3 funding with $0.9B. Its funding is almost 10 times the funding of the next category, Financial Services at $0.1B.
Blockchain Innovations category contains companies that are working on blockchain distributed ledger technologies. Examples include increased speed for financial transactions, smart self-enforcing contracts, and cross-blockchain interoperability. Some example companies in this category include Blockstream, Filecoin, Blockstack, and Ripple.
Let’s now investigate how the blockchain technology categories’ funding compare with each other historically.
The Blockchain Innovations Category Also Leads in All-Time Funding
The graph below shows the all-time funding for the various blockchain technology categories. The Q3 funding and growth rates of these categories are also highlighted.
As the bar graph indicates, the Blockchain Innovations category also leads in total funding at $5.7B. Its funding is almost 5 times the funding of the next category, Exchanges at $1.2B.
In summary, the Blockchain Innovations category is the indisputable funding leader in the sector!