Week in Review: CVCs Add to Investments and Big Data Gains the Spotlight

Posted by | February 24, 2012

The latest report from MoneyTree and the National Venture Capital Association shows that corporate venture capitalists (CVCs) increased investments over the past three years. In 2011, CVCs participated in 15 percent of all venture capital investment deals, investing $2.3 billion, up from $2 billion in 2010. The number of deals rose to 551 from 481, a 15 percent increase. Most investments were in the industrial/energy sector and biotechnology.

In addition to those sectors, venture capitalists sought out big data startups in 2011. Venture firms invested $2.47 billion last year in database management, data processing, and other big data fields, compared to $1.53 billion in 2010 and $1.1 billion in 2009. Investors are attracted to these startups’ ability to collect and analyze vast amounts of data on retail, healthcare, and financial markets, among others. This information can be used to learn more about consumer spending habits, treat patients more effectively, and assess risk on investments, allowing for faster, better, and more efficient decision-making.

Our new partner company, Lumesis, is capitalizing on the potential of big data for the fixed income marketplace. This week, we announced that we led a $2.5M Series A financing for Lumesis, which provides robust visualization and analytical tools and time-sensitive notifications through its product DIVER, an interactive, web-based, fixed income research tool that offers more than 130 data sets from more than 30 distinct sources.

While Lumesis gained the spotlight this week, other partner companies also made headlines:

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