Blockchain Technology Seeing New Paradigm With Dramatic Shift to ICOs

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With all the ICO buzz in the Blockchain sector, we dove into our Blockchain Technology report and research platform to examine how significant this new financing model has been. It comes as no surprise that we can conclude that the Blockchain Technology sector is experiencing a new financing paradigm.

This conclusion comes from two takeaways:

  • Funding amounts shifted dramatically to ICOs
  • Funding counts saw a drop in early-stage events with the emergence of ICOs

We’ll explain these takeaways with some graphics that show Blockchain Technology funding activity by round.

To help set the stage, the graphic below illustrates Blockchain Technology funding amounts over time. As you can see, the sector’s overall funding skyrocketed in the past few years. Additionally, Q1 2018 is the best Q1 on record.

Blockchain Technology Funding by Quarter

Blockchain Technology Funding Amounts Shifted Dramatically to ICOs

We’ll start off by examining the annual Blockchain Technology funding amounts by round.

Blockchain Technology Funding Amount by Round

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Blockchain Technology Startup Highlights  – Q1 2018

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Here is our Q1 2018 summary report on the Blockchain Technology startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

To learn more about our complete Blockchain Technology report and research platform, visit us at www.venturescanner.com or contact [email protected].

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Blockchain Technology Sector Overview - Q1 2018

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The Blockchain Technology sector has seen a lot of buzz in the news, as the price of cryptocurrencies has seen large ups and downs over the last year. 

What are the different components of Blockchain Technology and how do they make up this startup ecosystem? On our Blockchain research platform, we have classified the companies into functional categories. This blog post examines these categories and how they compare with one another through a series of graphics.

Blockchain Innovations Is the Largest Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map for the Blockchain Technology sector. As of March 2018, we have classified 1,007 Blockchain Technology startups into 12 categories which raised $6 billion in funding. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

Blockchain Technology Sector Map

We can see from the Sector Map above that Blockchain Innovations is the largest category with 244 companies. This category...

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Venture Scanner Sector Maps (Part 1 of 2)

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Our sector maps are snapshots of emerging technology sectors. They show what the different categories in a sector are and how many startups are within each category. They also present a small sampling of the current startups that are innovating in each category.

We will share our most up-to-date sector maps in a two-part series. Below you will find sector maps for the Blockchain Technology, Energy Technology, Financial Technology, Health Technology, Insurance Technology, Video Technology, and 3D Printing sectors.

You can see the other 8 updated sector maps for Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Marketing Technology, Real Estate Technology, Retail Technology, Security Technology, Transportation Technology, and Virtual Reality here

Blockchain Technology: 12 categories, 1007 companies, $6B in funding

Blockchain Technology Map

Energy Technology: 12 categories, 790 companies, $63B in funding

Energy Technology Map

Financial Technology: 16 categories, 2401 companies, $90B in funding

Financial Technology Map

Health Technology: 22...

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Blockchain Technology Startup Highlights  – Q4 2017

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Here is our Q4 2017 summary report on the Blockchain Technology startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

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Blockchain Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphics include data through August 2017.

Blockchain Technology Exits by Category

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Blockchain Technology category. The Bitcoin Exchanges category leads the sector with 10 acquisitions. The Bitcoin Data category is the runner-up with 8 acquisitions.

Blockchain Technology Exits by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in the Blockchain Technology sector by year. 2016 leads the sector with 14 acquisitions and 1 IPO. 2015 is the runner-up with 13 acquisitions and 1 IPO.

We are currently tracking 970 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $4.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Age by Blockchain Technology Category - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the average age by category in the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphic includes data through August 2017.

Blockchain Technology Age by Category

The above graph summarizes the average age of companies in each Blockchain Technology category. The Bitcoin Trust category has the highest average age at around 5.5 years. The Bitcoin Infrastructure category is the runner-up with an average age of 5.2 years. On the other hand, Blockchain Innovations is the youngest Blockchain Technology category with an average age of 3.6 years.

We are currently tracking 970 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $4.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Where in the World Are Blockchain Technology Startups? - Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Blockchain Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through September 2017.

Blockchain Technology Startup Count Map

The above map shows the number of Blockchain Technology companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 350 companies.

Blockchain Technology VC Funding Map

The above map shows the amount of total Blockchain Technology startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $2B.

We are currently tracking 963 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $4.1B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report. 

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Venture Investing in Blockchain Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphics include data through August 2017.

Blockchain Technology Venture Investing by Category

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Blockchain Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Blockchain Innovations category leads in funding at $2.1B. The category with the most startups is Bitcoin Exchanges, with around 230 companies.

Blockchain Technology Average Funding by Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Blockchain Technology category. The Bitcoin Mining category leads the sector with around $28M in average funding per company, followed by the Bitcoin Trust category with around $24M in average funding per company.

We are currently tracking 961 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $4.1 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Blockchain Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding date distribution in the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphic includes data through September 2017.

Blockchain Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Blockchain Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2014 ranks at the top with 180 companies founded in that year. 2013 is close behind with 164 companies founded.

We are currently tracking 955 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Blockchain Technology Funding Trends - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Blockchain Technology startup funding activity. The graphics include data through September 2017.

Blockchain Technology Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Blockchain Tech startups for each year. 2017 has the most funding to date at around $1.3 Billion.

Blockchain Technology Funding by Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Blockchain Tech companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2014 have raised the most funding at around $1 Billion.

We are currently tracking 948 Blockchain Tech companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3.7 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Blockchain Technology Funding by Round - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Blockchain Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through September 2017.

Blockchain Technology Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2010 to 2016, we saw a sharp increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2015 and then declining thereafter. Early to mid-stage funding type events (Seed, Series A, B, and C) have accounted for a substantial amount of total funding.

Blockchain Technology Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. The general trend over the past few years has been a substantial number of funding events in the Seed stage and a fewer number in the Series A stage, with the funding events in the later stages quickly dropping off.

We are currently tracking 948 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3.7 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full...

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Blockchain Technology Startup Market Highlights  – Q3 2017

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Here is our Q3 2017 summary report on the Blockchain Technology startup sector. The following report includes a startup landscape overview, graphical trends with insights, and recent funding and exit events.

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Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Company Count by Country

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Investor Activity

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Exits by Year

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Recent Events

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We are currently tracking 947 Blockchain Tech companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology (Bitcoin) market report.

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Blockchain Tech Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant - Q3 2017

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The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Blockchain Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through August 2017.

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 12 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Blockchain Tech categories and how they compare with one another.

Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

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Blockchain Technology Activity by Selected Investors - Q3 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Blockchain Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through August 2017.

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Investor Activity

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Blockchain Tech investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by those investors. Major investors into the space include the Digital Currency Group, Blockchain Capital, Pantera Capital, 50 Startups, and FundersClub.  

We are currently tracking 945 Blockchain Tech companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Blockchain Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphics include data through May 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in Blockchain Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Blockchain Technology category. The Bitcoin Exchanges category leads the sector with 9 acquisitions. The Bitcoin Data Services category is the runner-up with 7 acquisitions.

Exit Activity by Year in Blockchain Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in the Blockchain Technology sector by year. 2016 leads the sector with 14 acquisitions and 1 IPO. 2015 is the runner-up with 13 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 942 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Venture Investing in Blockchain Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphics include data through May 2017.

Blockchain Tech Venture Investing Q3 2017

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Blockchain Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Blockchain Innovations category leads in funding at $1.1B. The category with the most startups is Bitcoin Exchanges, with around 215.

Blockchain Tech Category Average Funding Q3 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Blockchain Technology category. The Bitcoin Mining category leads the sector with around $29M in average funding per company, followed by the Bitcoin Trust Services and Bitcoin Wallets categories.

We are currently tracking 939 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Average Age by Blockchain Technology Category - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the average age by category in the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphic includes data through May 2017.

Age by Blockchain Technology Category

The above graph summarizes the average age of companies in each Blockchain Technology category. Both the Bitcoin Trust Services and the Bitcoin Infrastructure categories have the highest average age at around 5 years each. The Bitcoin Mining category is the runner-up with an average age of 4.5 years.

We are currently tracking 935 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $2.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Where in the world are Blockchain Technology startups? Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Blockchain Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through May 2017.

Blockchain Technology Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Blockchain Technology companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 350 companies.

Blockchain Technology VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total Blockchain Technology startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $1B.

We are currently tracking 933 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $2.8B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report. 

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Blockchain Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding date distribution in the Blockchain Technology sector. The graphic includes data through May 2017.

Blockchain Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Bitcoin/Blockchain companies founded in a certain year. 2014 ranks at the top with 175 companies founded in that year. 2013 is close behind with 160 companies founded.

We are currently tracking 930 Bitcoin and Blockchain companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $2.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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