Asia is diverse, both in terms of culture and economy, and overall, it’s probably the most mature private capital market outside of North America and Europe. But one thing ties this largest of continents together: U.S. venture capital firms are betting big on its success.
Since 2011, U.S.-based VC firms have invested more capital in more startups than ever before in Asia. In the four-year period from 2007 to 2010, U.S. venture shops invested $4.3 billion across 417 financings. Compare that to the period since 2011 (about 3 ½ years), when they collectively invested $9.7 billion across 617 venture rounds in Asia, and you've got a pretty clear picture of how U.S.-based firms see the continent.
And it’s not just big-name firms—such as Sequoia, Accel and Intel Capital—doing the funding. All manner of U.S. investors are getting in on all stages of the action in numerous countries.
To read more about VC investment in Asia, with additional focus on India and China, as well as view a league table of the most active investors on the continent, click here.