Venture capital deals backed off just a tad during the last three months of 2011, but remained strong enough to carry VC activity during the year to a new high-water mark, according to data being released today by CB Insights, a financial data firm that maintains a venture capital database.
VCs invested $7.6 billion in 755 companies nationwide during the fourth quarter, bringing the total for 2011 back to pre-recession levels, with $30.6 billion invested in 3,051 deals. The New York firm says that marks a 10-year high for both dollars and number of deals.
In the regional breakdown, Massachusetts regained its No. 2 ranking, eclipsing venture activity in New York during the fourth quarter. CB Insights reports that a total of $959 million was invested in 93 Bay State deals. In New York, $568 million went into 73 deals, which ranked third in terms of both deals and dollars.
California maintained its usual poll position during the quarter, with the $3.8 billion invested statewide accounting for just over half of the nationwide total and the 300 deals representing 40 percent of the total U.S. number. There wasn’t a lot of variation in California’s deal count over the previous four quarters, but the capital invested during the quarter was 45 percent higher than the $2.6 billion that went into the Golden State during the same quarter of 2010.
In Washington State, venture activity remained well behind the big three, with $146 million invested in 24 deals during the quarter, prompting the wags at CB Insights to write, “We’ll bring back our ‘Sleeping in Seattle’ metaphor as Washington continued its … Next Page »
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