The price of bitcoin is surging. Maybe not quite like the surge in November 2013 when it jumped nearly $1,000, but the digital currency is trading near $400 again after spending much of the year fluctuating around $250. Venture capital invested in bitcoin is also rising, as investors look at the technology as the possible future of digital transactions. So far in 2015, $314 million has been invested in bitcoin startups, $13 million more than all of 2014, although the industry has attracted 33 fewer deals.
The three largest VC deals ever made in the sector, each totaling at least $50 million, have occurred this year: Coinbase ($75M), 21 ($52M) and Circle ($50M). 10 bitcoin companies have already raised more than $20 million in total VC funding, an impressive figure considering the industry really only began raising private capital in 2013. Of the 160 VC investors that hold an interest in a bitcoin company, roughly half have been active in the space in the past 12 months.
Here are the top VC investors in bitcoin companies, along with their deal counts: