2012 saw some interesting cultural sensations, human achievements and news headlines, ranging from Gangnam Style and Honey Boo Boo Child to the Mars rover landing and the Olympics to the Facebook IPO and President Obama’s re-election. Taking to the PitchBook Platform, we can see some quick and fascinating preliminary figures for venture capital activity, as well. In the U.S. alone, there were 3,415 VC deals struck for 3,080 VC-backed companies. The companies GreatPoint Energy and Fisker Automotive topped the list in terms of deal size, raking in single transactions of $420 million and $411 million, respectively. By a landslide, 500 Startups stood out as the top investor with 95 investments, followed by SV Angel’s 81 and New Enterprise Associates’ 79. Not surprisingly, the West Coast and the Northeast emerged as the U.S. regions with the greatest capital invested, together representing more than three-quarters of all VC dollars spent. And, while venture capital news may not have been as “viral” as, say, Gangnam Style and Honey Boo Boo Child, many innovative VC-backed tech and internet companies played an important role in the widespread dissemination of the year’s biggest events.