With all eyes on Facebook's public debut today, we thought we'd highlight companies in the same industry that are still in the capital raising phase (if you still need your Facebook fix, you can read more about it in the Exit and Liquidity section).
Just this year, 109 VC investors have funded companies that keep us together even while we're alone in front of our computers. The total capital raised to date by companies in the Social Content and Social/Platform Software industries now stands at nearly $550 million. Pinterest's latest financing sent that number skyrocketing, and Q&A site Quora's recent $50 million Series B round also boosted the total in a big way.
In addition to Pinterest and Quora, the other enormous VC financings of 2012 have gone to small business hub Manta Media, mobile video calling service Tango and video sharing app Viddy. Manta raked in $44 million, while Tango secured $40 million and Viddy $30 million. Top investors include New Enterprise Associates (currently counting seven active investments), followed by Google Ventures and SV Angel. It might be a cold digital world out there, but at least the venture funding is friendly.