As 2014 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on all that’s happened in the world of venture capital this year. Records were broken, unicorns were born and a number of blockbuster acquisitions were completed. Without further ado, here’s a recap of some of the biggest and best of 2014.
$1.2 billion Series E ($40.4B post valuation) – VC investors participating included New Enterprise Associates.
$1.19 billion Series D ($18.2B) – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Menlo Ventures.
$1.1 billion ($45B) – Xiaomi’s VC backers include Accel Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Qiming Venture Partners and IDG Capital Partners.
$1 billion – Venture firm Accel Partners joined Morgan Stanley, Digital Sky Technologies and others in the round. Flipkart’s most recent valuation is $10.55 billion.
$900 million Series F ($4.11B) – Intel Capital led the round, joined by DAG Ventures, Google Ventures and others.
1. JD.com (NASDAQ: JD) – In May, the Chinese online shopping platform sold 93.7 million American depositary shares at $19 each, raising $1.78 billion.
2. Rocket Internet (FRA: RKET) – The Germany-based company raised €1.4 billion in its initial public offering on the Frankfurt stock exchange in October, selling close to 33 million shares at €42.50 each.
3. Lending Club (NYSE: LC) – The online peer-to-peer lending platform raised $870 million in its December IPO, selling 58 million shares at $15 apiece.
4. Zalando (FRA: ZAL) – A Rocket Internet portfolio company, Zalando raised €605 through its offering in September, selling 28.1 million shares at €21.50 per share.
5. Just-Eat (LSE: JE) – The U.K.-based company raised £387 million in its IPO on the London Stock Exchange in April.
Company: WhatsApp Investor: Facebook Amount: $22 billion Date: October 6
Company: Nest Investor: Google Amount: $3.2 billion Date: February 7