The Story of 40K Startups and One Trillion Dollars

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In 15 years, over $220 billion was invested in startups. That money is now worth well over $1 trillion
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Chapter One: Money

Young companies seek money from investors at different stages called "Rounds"
The Question: When is the best time to fundraise and what are some important patterns to be aware of?

Seed Round

The "seed" is the first investment the startup gets and is tipically below $1mm. Angel money is similar, often offered by an influencer.

Venture Round

Venture capital is often the second investment a startup gets, after the seed. It may or may not be as a Series A.

Series A,B,C

When a company requires even more capital, institutional investors will invest in the "Series A", often acquiring 10% to 30% of the company.

Analysis of Deals in the US & Canada Over 10 Years

number of deals per month
average deal value ($mm)



Do investors feel more generous around X-mas? Perhaps, but it's more likely because many firms want to close deals in December before the end of the fiscal year. Deals are often only disclosed a few weeks later, in January.


While more companies get seed funding, it seems like the Series A numbers are relatively stable. Are young entrepreneurs better at creating hype than value? Or do companies need less capital to grow?


2008 left its mark in the startup world, but perhaps not in the way you would expect: venture deals nearly tripled from 2008 to 2010. The Crash showed investors that the stock market could be just as risky as startup, minus the huge potential upside.

Chapter Two: Outside The Valley

No wonder why HBO named its new startup series Silicon Valley: more startups come from The Valley than any other region. But living in the valley may not be you best bet: competition is intense costs of living high. Hence the question, where are the other startup hubs?The Question: Outside California, where is my startup most likely to get funded?


New York City
Outside The Valley, New York City is where most deals get closed.

Not too far behind is Massachussets, powered by the Boston community and the vibrant Cambridge academic scene.

Austin, Houston and Dallas together pull Texas up to the third place, right in front of the state of Washington.

*Greyed out states did not have a significant number of deals (below 100)
**California was not included, the numbers are just to high (over 5000)