From mattresses to medical practices, venture capitalists are backing it all this summer, investing over $1.7 billion in 136 venture rounds in the beginning of August.

In the past two weeks, the amount of total cash raised topped weekly totals for the past two months.

Investment totals in the summer months this year have been remarkably higher than in previous years, according to CrunchBase data. Venture capital rounds raised in June and July of 2014 reached $12.5 billion, in comparison to last year’s total of $8.1 billion.

A week into August, this month’s investments are already adding up to over half of the $3.7 billion invested last August – it’s looking like the trend will continue.

Sequoia has captured the top spot on the list of most active venture investors this month, with three rounds announced on Wednesday alone. Sequoia’s investments in Practo, Kiwi, Druva, Haha Pinche, and Metanautix ring in a total of $77 million invested this week.

With $47 million of that total invested in Silicon Valley-based companies and another $30 million into the India and China markets, the “Sequoia Touch” is being felt worldwide.

New Enterprise Associates led mattress startup Casper’s $13 million Series A round and a seed round in Framebridge both on Thursday while also participating in a Series B for Bitglass earlier in the week.

Casper’s $13 million was not the only large early stage round this week. Doctor on Demand, a platform that virtually connects patients with physicians, raked in $21 million in a first round of funding led by Venrock with participation from Shasta Ventures and angel investor Richard Branson.

Data analytics startup Adatao and Chinese taxi app Haha Pinche both raised Series A rounds topping $10 million. Event management platform Social Tables and mobile search startup Vurb saw $8 million each in first round fundings as well.

Vurb, winner of TechCrunch’s Disrupt Battlefield 2014, saw participation from nearly 20 investors in its Series A round, with a long list of angel investors including Naval Ravikant, Max Levchin, and Drew Houston. Even Stanford joined in on this round, investing directly through its School of Engineering.

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  • Originally published August 8, 2014, updated April 26, 2023