Light Reading

Mobile VC Tops $1B in March Madness

Dan Jones
4/14/2014
50%
50%

The massive $280 million round for video-calling startup Tango led to a blow-out March for mobile venture capital funding, according to the latest report from Rutberg & Co.

Rutberg & Co. reports that private companies raised $1.1 billion in 118 venture capital deals in March. Mobile VC deals pulled in $592.5 million.

This does appear to be shaping up as a significant year for mobile venture capital so far, though, both January and March have clocked over $1 billion in funding. As you'll see in the table below, there were several other significant rounds in March too, which could have topped the chart in many other months:

Table 1: March VC Funding: The Top 5

Startup Latest funding Location Developing Backers
Tango $280M Mountain View, Calif. Mobile video calling app Alibaba; Access Industries, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Qualcomm Ventures, Bill Tai, Toms Capital, TransLink Capital, Shimon Weintraub, Jerry Yang, Alex Zubilaga, Individual investors
FunPlus $74M Beijing, China Mobile social games management applications GSR Ventures, Orchid Asia Group, Steamboat Ventures
ServiceMax $71M Pleasanton, Calif. Mobile field service management Meritech Capital Partners; Adams Street Partners, Cross Creek Advisors, Crosslink Capital, Emergence Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mayfield Fund, QuestMark Partners, Salesforce, Sozo Ventures, Trinity Ventures
MuleSoft $50M San Francisco Mobile Enterprise systems Lightspeed Venture Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, New Enterprise Associates
Whisper $30M Santa Clara, Calif. Anonymous mobile social network Shasta Ventures; Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Tencent, Thrive Capital
Rutberg & Co.

For more on mobile startup funding, see:

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
R Clark
50%
50%
R Clark,
User Rank: Blogger
4/15/2014 | 12:19:43 AM
Re: Tango - 9th largest mobile VC funding in last 15 years
$280m is a lotta loot for Tango - the WhatsApp effect I guess.

Interesting bunch of investors.

Has anyone here used it? I just downloaded it. Seems friendly enough,  if I can find the time for another social networking app.

 

 
DanJonesLRMobile
50%
50%
DanJonesLRMobile,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/14/2014 | 2:58:23 PM
Re: Tango - 9th largest mobile VC funding in last 15 years
And what kind of companies can even afford to buy...
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
4/14/2014 | 2:13:59 PM
Re: Tango - 9th largest mobile VC funding in last 15 years
Wow. So I guess the lesson is that funding is not necessarily an indicator of success. But, it should give us some pretty clear ideas about what companies are acquisition targets or IPO hopefuls.
DanJonesLRMobile
50%
50%
DanJonesLRMobile,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/14/2014 | 11:50:38 AM
Tango - 9th largest mobile VC funding in last 15 years
Rutberg says 9th largest mobile VC funding in last 15 years. Uber's round was ranked 12th. Clearwire (RIP) is still number 1 with $900M in 2006.
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
4/14/2014 | 10:30:15 AM
Games + Social + Enterprise
Mobile games, social and enterprise take the cake again.

As a side note, Whisper is a pretty creepy and sad little social network...
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Ericsson's Hyperscale Datacenter System (HDS) 8000, featuring Intel's Rack Scale Architecture, caused a stir when it was announced at MWC 2015. For more on this revolutionary product, join me on Thursday, April 30 at 12:00 p.m. EST for a Super Webinar event, A New Hardware Paradigm for the Telco Data Center.
LRTV Documentaries
CableLabs' Clarke Updates Cable Virtualization

4|23|15   |   05:41   |   (1) comment


Former BT exec now leading CableLabs' NFV and SDN efforts explains key role of open source and updates efforts to virtualize the home network.
LRTV Interviews
Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. II

4|23|15   |   08:19   |   (1) comment


In the second installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about cultural change, network slicing and technology advances.
LRTV Interviews
Ericsson's CTO Talks Transformation: Pt. I

4|23|15   |   09:27   |   (3) comments


In the first installment of an in-depth two-part interview, Ericsson's CTO Ulf Ewaldsson talks to Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders about the incredible transformation underway in the communications networking industry.
LRTV Documentaries
LTE Paves the Way for the 5G Revolution

4|20|15   |   4:20   |   (0) comments


Håkan Andersson, head of 5G product strategy of the Radio Business Unit at Ericsson, discusses the role of LTE, the US and other industry verticals in building a true 5G ecosystem.
LRTV Documentaries
The 3GPP's Road to 5G Standardization

4|17|15   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


Satoshi Nagata, chairman of the 3GPP's TSG-RAN group and a manager at NTT Docomo, explains the standardization process for 5G, as well as the biggest challenges and opportunities.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu CTO Makes the Case for a New 5G Air Interface

4|16|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Michael Peeters, CTO of wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, explains why 5G will require a new air interface to meet its diverse performance targets.
LRTV Documentaries
AlcaLu + Nokia: The New Uber-Vendor

4|15|15   |   2:42   |   (4) comments


Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Gabriel Brown discusses the technological and competitive opportunities and challenges if a merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia comes to pass.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Data Center Power Play

4|15|15   |   6:22   |   (0) comments


Huawei has developed industry-leading energy efficiency capabilities for its indoor and outdoor data center solutions, explains Dr. Fang Liangzhou, vice president of Huawei's Network Energy product Line.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Routers, Switches Get the Green Mark

4|15|15   |   2:02   |   (0) comments


TUV Rheinland's Frank Dudley explains how Huawei's routers and switches have been successfully tested by energy efficiency experts and have gained Green Mark Certification.
LRTV Documentaries
A Finn, a Frenchman & a Guy From New Jersey Walk Into a Merger...

4|15|15   |   3:17   |   (0) comments


Stop us if you've heard this one before... Light Reading CEO Founder & CEO Steve Saunders weighs in on the technical and cultural implications of a Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent merger.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accounting for Better Solutions

4|10|15   |   02:31   |   (1) comment


Murad Yousuf, CTO at Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance (Dept. of Zakat & Income Tax), talks about the benefits of deploying router technology from Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
What's in Store for Huawei & DataCore?

4|10|15   |   05:44   |   (0) comments


At the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, George Teixeira, CEO of software-defined storage (SDS) specialist DataCore Software, explains why he has just signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies.
Upcoming Live Events
May 6, 2015, Georgia World Congress, Atlanta, GA
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
In its latest survey covering network operators' plans and strategies for ICT transformation, Heavy Reading asked telecom operators worldwide to identify the most important goals and objectives for their ICT transformation initiatives. Heavy Reading also asked operators about the importance of a "digital first" strategy, which enables customers to complete an interaction across different digital channels, such as web and mobile self-service and social media.
Hot Topics
Comcast Formally Ends Its Bid for TWC
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 4/24/2015
What if the Comcast Merger Fails?
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 4/20/2015
Google's WiFi-First Mobile Service 'Fi' Is Here
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/22/2015
Comcast Merger May Hinge on Hulu
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 4/22/2015
Google Ready to Release Thousands of Loons
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 4/20/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Many leading communications companies can claim to have undergone significant periods of reinvention during their histories, but none have been through more major ...
Data Center Interconnect, or DCI, is one of the hottest sectors in telecom currently. Since coming back to Light Reading last year, prodigal-son style, I've ...
Cats with Phones
Learning Curve Click Here
Pierre could never remember how to use Excel.
Latest Comment