After plummeting to the lowest levels of funding since 2013, Q1'16 saw a 385% boom in funding and 21% growth in deal volume.

New applications for blockchain, the distributed ledger tech that  underpins bitcoin, keep on to springing up across banking insurance, cybersecurity, and legal contracts.

(One recent legal innovation was the use of blockchain to create The DAO, an autonomous, crowd-funded, and decentralized corporation managed through blockchain, where stakeholders collectively vote on decisions, such as investments from its $100M in assets.)

With potential for transform industries ranging from education to auto sales to music, bitcoin and blockchain startups are proliferating. Using the CB Insights database, we looked at funding trends within the space.

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Yearly financing trends

The annual trends indicate a big 218% surge in funding in 2014 that was followed up by a more modest run-up in 2015. An all-time record in deals and dollars, 2015 represented 46% growth in funding and a 9% growth in deal volume over the previous year.

Large 2015 deals included 21 Inc‘s $111M Series C round, Coinbase‘s $75M Series C, and Circle Internet Financial‘s $50M Series C.

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Quarterly financing trends

Drilling into the quarterly trends, we see that funding dropped off three quarters in a row right after peaking in Q1’15 at $224M (a quarter mainly boosted by 21 Inc‘s $111M Series C round). Funding plummeted to just $36M in Q4’15, but bounced back in Q1’16 in both deal and dollar terms.

Compared to the previous quarter, Q1’16 saw 385% more funding and 21% growth in deal volume.

Notable deals in Q1’16 included a $26M Series C to bitcoin exchange bitFlyer, the $55M Series A for smart contracts developer Blockstream, and a sizable $60M Series A round to Digital Asset Holdings, the bitcoin startup helmed by ex-J.P. Morgan banker Blythe Masters.

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  • Scarlett Sieber

    I would love to see where the investment $$ for Q1 were coming from, ie traditional VCs or strategics, my guess would be heavy strategic, less traditional VC.