New York and Massachusetts are known as the two top tech hubs in the eastern United States, and have each produced unicorn companies and well-known exits like Etsy (New York), OnDeck Capital (New York), Wayfair (Massachusetts) and many more.
Massachusetts has on some quarters eclipsed New York for funding VC-backed companies (Q4’14 and Q1’15 were cases in point). We used CB Insights data to see the trend for all equity funding to private tech companies
When looking at tech, the data shows that New York has consistently eclipsed Massachusetts funding and deal count figures by a significant margin in recent years.
Deals and dollars
In 2015, New York-based tech companies raised nearly $7B in funding compared to Massachusetts-based tech companies which raised $4.3B. A significant part of the $7B going to New York is attributable to the mega-rounds raised by FanDuel ($275M), Karhoo ($250M), Vice Media ($200M), and Buzzfeed ($200M).
In terms of funding growth by state, both New York and Massachusetts saw considerable increases in total funding. From 2011 to 2015, New York-based companies experienced 174% growth in funding, compared to 194% in Massachusetts-based companies.
Massachusetts vs. New York deal trends
When comparing the two states by deals going to private tech companies, New York surpasses Massachusetts in absolute deal count.
In 2015, New York-based tech companies had more than double the amount of deals completed compared to Massachusetts-based companies.
Despite having less deal volume, Massachusetts’ deal activity has grown at a quicker rate. In 2015, New York deal count grew just 3% over the previous year compared to Massachusetts which grew 15%.
Most well-funded company by state
To date, New York-based Vice Media is the most well-funded startup between the two states raising $770M in funding. Fantasy sports startups DraftKings and FanDuel rank in the top 5 for each state, both raking in large amounts of funding to date.
Two companies below raised large funding rounds in February 2016. Oscar Health Insurance Co. which ranks second for New York-based companies, raised a $400M Series C at a $2.7B valuation, and Fuze which ranks fourth for Massachusetts-based companies raised an $112M Series E. Check out the 10 companies below.
*Note: The data above and the list below exclude debt funding.
|New York||Total Funding ($M)||Massachusetts||Total Funding ($M)|
|Oscar Health Insurance Co.||727.5||SimpliVity||277|
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