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CrunchBase Weekly Investment Map

August 11, 2014

Venture investment slowed to a crawl last week as only 160 venture rounds were announced, according to CrunchBase data. Characteristically, the ‘No-Vacation Nation‘ accounted for over 60% of them last week. Internationally, only India, Canada, Great Britain, China, Japan, Australia and Spain tallied more than a single venture round.

China’s $146M of venture funding over the last week was predominantly from Beijing. Online grocery store Womai raised $100M in a Series B led by SAIF Partners, the largest round of the week. Memory card producer Memblaze raised $20M in a Series B and Haha Pinche took $10M from Sequoia and Innovation Works for its carpooling app. Chengdu-based XGIMI’s $16M Series A was the only other venture round last week from China.

From the U.S., an even 100 rounds were tallied over the week, led by New York City. Buzzfeed’s $50M from Andreessen Horowitz was the latest and the largest in the Big Apple, and accounted for just under half of the $102M total raised last week. Tiger Global and Firstmark accounted for another chunk of that total by getting together for a $21M Series B for design company InVision. And if design and viral media aren’t New York enough for you, former Giants running back Tiki Barber’s Thuzio Inc. announced a $6M Series A for their ‘experience marketplace’. Prudence Holdings and RSE Ventures, both based in New York, co-invested in the round.

In all, New York’s eleven venture rounds last week were more than San Francisco’s eight. However, it was Seattle’s lone Series B for Juno Therapeutics that topped all US cities in total funding. The $134M round included investments from Seattle celebrity Jeff Bezos’ personal venture capital fund along with Boston-based Venrock. The $300M raised by Juno in the past year is going toward immunotherapies to fight cancer.

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