The rise of the micro-VC continued in 2014 with over 120 US-based micro-VCs making an investment. The eye-popping number of active micro-VCs is not all that surprising given that half of VC funds being raised are micro-VCs.
Of these 120+, none were more active than 500 Startups. The prolific investor invested in over 100 companies across 19 countries in 2014. It most frequently invested in advertising, sales, & marketing companies.
SV Angel, who has been rumored to be raising a $75M fifth fund (the largest in the investor’s history), was the second most active US-based micro-VC. The Silicon Valley based VC invested in over 70 companies in 2014.
David Tisch’s BoxGroup rounded out the top 3 most active US-based micro VCs thus far in 2014, investing in over 40 companies in rounds ranging from seed to Series B. The NY-based micro VC participated in more NYC deals than any of the other most active micro VCs, including financings for BarkBox, Trello, and Tisch’s most recent startup Spring’s Series A, which was also notably saw biggest investor party round since 2009.
The full list of 2014’s most active micro venture capital firms is below.
|4||Lerer Hippeau Ventures|
|7||Great Oaks Venture Capital|
|11||ff Venture Capital|
* Micro-VC is defined as VCs with fund sizes <$100M. Data as of 12/9/2014
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