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The 10 Biggest Series A Rounds of All Time

The 10 Biggest Series A Rounds of All Time

 
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There has a lot of chatter recently about the number of juiced and jumbo Series A rounds. Inspired by these discussions and armed with some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the 10 largest Series A rounds of all time in the US. I have included some additional information as well, such as year of funding, industry, original Series A investors, and current status of the company, to further the analysis. In order to maintain a focus on conventional tech startups, pharmaceutical and biotech companies were removed from the data. It also seemed prudent to remove Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture, as it’s difficult to categorize capital intensive space travel in the same bucket as other early stage ventures.

Quick Findings:

  • 3 of these 10 rounds took place in 2007.
  • There is no specific industry bias.
  • No VC firm was involved in more than one of these rounds.
  • The most recently-funded company was acquired in less than a year after the funding. This company also happens to be the recipient of the largest Series A round.
  • 3 of these companies were acquired. One IPO’ed and another has an IPO pending.
  • The one company that went public in this lot is not performing particularly well, with a market cap now 1/3 of IPO value.
  • All of the companies are still operational in some capacity.

 

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About the author: Reza Chowdhury

Recognized as a global thought leader in the startup ecosystem, Reza Chowdhury offers more than 15 years experience in emerging technology, which he brings to AlleyWatch as CEO and Founder. Through the course of his career, Reza has had the privilege of working to drive businesses from conception to eventual exit by deploying the acumen gained in his previous roles. His latest professional endeavors have allowed him to work very closely with thriving global technology and startup ecosystem.

Reza is also the founder of New York Startup Lab, which brings technology and knowledge based solutions to the entrepreneurial community with a specific focus on early stage companies. He began his career as securities trader on Wall Street.

Reza is often a featured international speaker, moderator, and judge at numerous events on technology and global entrepreneurship and was a featured presenter at the first Facebook Developer Garage in NYC. Both Reza and the companies he has been involved with have received accolades and recognition from prominent organizations including the fbFund. Reza was has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek on several occasions and is a NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures.

Reza is also an advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems as well as an Mentor to the Grameenphone Accelerator.

Reza holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and completed his bachelors in Economics at the University at Albany. Reza has also completed certification programs in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Oxford University as well as International Business at New York University.

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