Where in the World are Blockchain Startups? – Q1 2017

The analyses below summarize where Bitcoin and Blockchain innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through January 2017.

Bitcoin/Blockchain Company Count by Country
Bitcoin/Blockchain Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Bitcoin and Blockchain companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with over 340 companies.

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Bitcoin/Blockchain Technology VC Funding by Country
The above map shows the amount of total Bitcoin and Blockchain startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $1B.

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

Bitcoin/Blockchain Companies Founded by Year – Q1 2017

The following graph shows the founding date distribution in the Bitcoin/Blockchain sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

Bitcoin/Blockchain Companies Founded by Year
Bitcoin/Blockchain Companies Founded by Year
The above graph summarizes the number of Bitcoin/Blockchain companies founded in a certain year. 2014 ranks at the top with 162 companies founded in that year. 2013 is close behind with 137 companies founded.

We are currently tracking 897 Bitcoin and Blockchain companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $1.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Bitcoin and Blockchain landscape report and database.

Bitcoin/Blockchain Startup Landscape Trends and Insights – Q1 2017

A report providing an overview of the Bitcoin/Blockchain startup landscape, graphical trends and insights, and recent funding and exit events. Click here to see this entire deck on our new blog.

We are currently tracking 893 Bitcoin and Blockchain companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $1.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Bitcoin and Blockchain landscape report and database.

Bitcoin/Blockchain Exits by Category and by Year – Q4 2016

Exit Activity by Category in Bitcoin/Blockchain
Exit Activity by Category in Bitcoin/Blockchain

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Bitcoin/Blockchain category. The Bitcoin Exchanges and Bitcoin News/Data categories are leading the sector with 7 acquisitions each.

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Exit Activity by Year in Bitcoin/Blockchain
The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in the Bitcoin/Blockchain sector by year. 2015 leads the sector with 12 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 890 Bitcoin and Blockchain companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $1.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Bitcoin and Blockchain landscape report and database.

Bitcoin/Blockchain Funding by Type – Q4 2016

The following two graphs summarize the types of funding going into the Bitcoin/Blockchain space.

Bitcoin/Blockchain Funding by Type by Year - Funding Amount
Bitcoin/Blockchain Funding by Type by Year – Funding Amount

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by type. In recent years, early to mid-stage funding type events (Seed, Series A, B, and C) have accounted for a substantial amount of total funding.

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Bitcoin/Blockchain Funding by Type by Year – Event Count
The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by type. The general trend over the past few years has been a substantial number of funding events in the Seed stage and a fewer number in the Series A stage, with the funding events in the later stages quickly dropping off.

We are currently tracking 885 Bitcoin/Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $1.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Bitcoin/Blockchain landscape report and database.

Bitcoin/Blockchain Category Innovation Quadrant – Q4

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

  • Heavyweights: Categories with high average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: Categories with low average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: Categories with high average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: Categories with low average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.
The definitions of the Bitcoin/Blockchain categories represented in the above Innovation Quadrant 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 875 Bitcoin/Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 73 countries, with a total of $1.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Bitcoin/Blockchain landscape report and database.