The two largest VC-backed tech exits in New York history occurred in the past six months.

Four months ago, OnDeck Capital’s IPO became the largest venture-backed exit in New York tech. But now, there’s a new big dog in town – and it’s not in Manhattan. Brooklyn-based Etsy’s IPO, which was valued at $1.8B and has ballooned to $3.5B after its first day of trading is now NY’s biggest VC-backed tech exit.

The online arts and crafts ecommerce marketplace counts venture investors including Index Ventures, Accel Partners and Union Square Ventures, which has notched an impressive six billion-dollar exits since the start of 2011.

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As the chart below highlights, the top two VC-backed tech exits in New York history occurred in the past six months.

New York’s Largest Venture-Backed Tech Exits
Company Acquirer Notable VC Investors Year Valuation
Etsy Public Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Accel Partners 2015 $1.8B
OnDeck Capital Public First Round Capital, RRE Ventures, Village Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Google Ventures 2014 $1.32B
Tumblr Yahoo Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners 2013 $1.1B
Right Media Yahoo Redpoint Ventures, Yahoo 2007 $850M
Buddy Media Salesforce Softbank Capital, Greycroft Partners, European Founders Fund, Institutional Venture Partners, GGV Capital 2012 $745M
Creditex Group Intercontinental Exchange Partnership Fund for NYC, Thomson Financial Ventures 2008 $625M
Shutterstock Public Insight Venture Partners 2012 $570M
Currenex State Street Corp. TH Lee Putnam Ventures, Barclays Ventures 2007 $564M
iVillage Public Technology Crossover Ventures, Time Warner Investments, Rho Ventures, Transatlantic Venture Partners 1999 $555M
Varonis Systems Public Accel Partners, Evergreen Partners, Pitango Venture Capital 2014 $524.4M


Data Integrity Note: This list does not include private equity transactions or acquisitions that took place after an initial public offering. For example, Doubleclick which is often erroneously considered a billion dollar VC exit for NYC was not as it first IPO’d, then was acquired by private equity firms JMI Equity and Hellman & Friedman and then ultimately purchased by Google for $3.1B.

Note 2: We don’t consider companies that are based in NJ or CT to be part of these NY stats primarily because simply-stated, NJ and CT are not part of NY. That is why exits by the likes of Indeed, Sirocco Systems, etc are not included in this data.

Note 3: IPO valuations used are of the company at the opening of trading.

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