Investments, Startups

Big Data in 2013: Investments, Acquisitions and Predictions

The year 2013 can closely be said as an year of big data startups and analytics as we saw a lot of them attracting angels and VC’s all over the world giving them the opportunity to invest as well as to take exits. Here is a brief roundup showcasing the investments, acquisitions and predictions which made the headlines for the year 2013.

Top Big Data Venture Capital Firms

As per a recent infographic published on website of BigData-Startups, the Lightspeed Venture Partner invested in 19 Big data startups globally, the highest among all. It is then followed by Sequoia Capital and IA Ventures with each having 13 big data startups in their portfolio.

Major Big Data Funding: Global

There were 10 major startups which attracted large sums of money this year. Here is a graph showing all of them:

Of these the companies having their operations in India include MongoDB (Gurgaon), Mu Sigma (Bangalore), and Guavus (Gurgaon and Ahmedabad).

Also, there were three major big data funds launched this year which includes USD 100 Mn Accel Big Data fund and KPMG capita’s data analytics arm along with Data Elite (size of fund remained undisclosed.

Apart from these, launch of Accelerated Discovery Lab by IBM, HP’s HAVEn, a SaaS + Big Data product intelligence platform for brands and retailers by former Microsoft vice president Sanjay Parthasarathy’s startup Indix were some further developments in the big data space.

Big Data Funding in India

A lot of Indian Big Data firms made their place in VC’s portfolio and attracted significant investment from angels both in-house and internationally. The table below shows the major investments in this space.

Big Data funding

Acquisitions Worldwide

If talked about the exit scenario, many acquisitions took place in 2013 in the big data space, thereby giving a good exit to many investors. Here is a list of 50.

Analyst predictions in Big Data Space

According to various research firms, Big Data market is growing and offers a large number of opportunities both for the existing and upcoming players. The pace at which the startups are undertaking growth and are infusing funds from startups, this sector will play a major role in drafting the spending strategies of the company.

->Nasscom expects that the big data industry will grow from present USD 200 million to USD 1 billion by 2015.

->According to IDC the market for big data will reach $16.1 billion in 2014 only, growing 6 times faster than the overall IT market.

->As per Gartner, big data will drive USD 232 Mn in IT spending in 2016 and by 2014, 95% of organizations will not use security big data analytics due to complexities, a dearth of COTS tools and skill shortages.

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