Limited-Time Promo: $588 $470 for Crunchbase Pro | Use code CLOSEOUTQ2

CrunchBase Graph Notes

October 24, 2014

Venture investors are raising the stakes, choosing to ignore warnings that the good times won’t last forever and betting bigger than ever in a slew of massive early-stage venture rounds this week.

Mystery company Magic Leap raised over half a billion on Tuesday in the largest Series B round on record, followed by Koudai’s second-largest Series C round to date announced on Thursday.

With help from Mirantis‘ and Tokopedia’s $100M rounds announced on Wednesday, startups have collectively raised over $2 billion in venture funding in the past 5 days to capture the third highest weekly investment total this year.

Magic Leap’s $542 million cash influx is the 5th largest venture round recorded by CrunchBase to date – topped only by later-stage rounds for Uber, Flipkart, Groupon and Cloudera.

Electric vehicle network provider Better Place (which filed for bankruptcy after blowing through nearly $1 billion in venture funding) is the one of the only startups to raise an early-stage round even close to this amount.

Zynga too saw its fair share of failure after raising a whopping $300 million Series B back in 2010 from Softbank and Google.

But its not time to panic for Magic Leap just yet – its investors are well-versed in big spending. A16z invested in Groupon’s $950M pre-IPO round (joined by KPCB) as well as a few $200M+ late stage rounds for Pinterest and Lyft. Co-investor KPCB got in on late stage funding for Uber and Zynga (following the lead of Google, another Magic Leap co-investor).

The high roller that outdoes them all, most frequently seen in these massive venture rounds, is T. Rowe Price. The Baltimore-based investment management firm has poured billions into mega-rounds for Living Social, Zynga, Dropbox, PureStorage, Airbnb, and Twitter, to name a few.

Check out Graph Insights and the CrunchBase Investor Leaderboard to discover some of your own connections.

Photo via Flickr user Reuben Ingber.