In this article we perform analytics on a huge dataset available from https://www.pwcmoneytree.com. PWC Money tree provides 20 years of Venture capital investment data from 1995 onward. Having data that goes far into the history should give us enough to extract the necessary analytical juice out of it.
The year 2000 was definitely the peak for VC investment craziness. A whopping 105 Billions was pumped into startups and bringing them quickly for IPO. Ever since after the crash of 2000, the investment has never reached even half the mark of year 2000. Again, look at the big jump between 1999 and 2000, a real indicator of investment frenzy!
Let us dig deeper and see which industries were favoured by the VCs
We can see that Software industry was the largest receiver of VC investment back in 2000 and it has been gaining attention since 2009 as indicated by the widening mouth.
Let us get more specific and see how has the investment pattern changed between the peak of 2000 and the current time 2014
Notice the high flying targets of 2000 namely Telecommunications and Networking receive almost zero attention in todays time. Back in 2000, all the wireless companies, networking companies were investing heavily to build today's network. The software industry is producing and benefiting more and is reaping the investments that were made during the early 2000 period.
Now compare the bars for the "Biotechnology" industry, it is the only industry where investment has reached the 2000 levels.
Times have changed and so has the investment favorites in 2014
Finally let us compare the number of deals happening between today and 2000
During the peak of 2000, as high as 8000 deals were registered and comparing that to 2014, it stands at half value of roughly 4000 deals.
Here is a quick tool to compare the VC investment favourites by each year, just select the year