10 Largest Seed Rounds in NYC History

10 Largest Seed Rounds in NYC History

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Armed with some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, I broke down the 10 largest seed rounds of all time in NYC. I have included some additional information as well, such as year of funding, industry, investors in the round, 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.

Quick Findings:

  • 50% of the 10 largest seed rounds in NYC history place in 2013 and 2014 Tweet this
  • First Round was involved in 3 of top 10 seed fundings in NYC history Tweet this
  • The largest seed round in NYC history is in the enterprise space Tweet this 
  • The company that was funded first (2003) went public 4 years after funding.
  • 1 of these companies was acquired. Two IPO’ed and one of these two was later acquired once public.
  • All of the companies are still operational in some capacity, although one is on deathwatch. This company happened to raise the most amount of capital of any in the group.



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About the author: Reza Chowdhury

Reza Chowdhury is the CEO and Founder of AlleyWatch, the largest media property focused on the NYC tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is also the Founder of New York Startup Lab, a software development firm with a specific focus on early stage companies. Previously, Reza was involved with several entrepreneurial ventures and began his career as securities trader on Wall Street. Recognized as a global thought leader, Reza was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek and is a 2015 NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures. Reza routinely speaks on the global startup ecosystem and is an advisor to advisor to SD Asia and Dublin Globe, two organizations that are fostering the growth of local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

  • Brett King


    Moven raised $4.5m as seed, and just completed $8m Series A here in NYC. Curious why we didn’t make the grade?

    Brett King

  • Reza Chowdhury

    @brett_king:disqus Your seed is classified as two separate rounds according to the data that I used to produce this report. A seed round in 2012 and another in 2013.