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Uber Drives June Mobile VC to $2.3B

Dan Jones

Uber's massive funding round drove a blow-out $2.3 billion month of mobile VC funding in June.

Rutberg & Co. says that that 101 mobile funding deals netted startups and private companies a whopping $2.3 billion in June. In contrast, during May 2014, private companies in mobile raised $826 million in 107 venture capital deals.

Rutberg reports that the Uber round is the largest it has ever seen since starting to track the sector. "[Uber's $1.2 billlion financing ] marks the largest venture capital financing since we began tracking investments in 2001 and values the firm at a $18.2 billion post-money valuation," the report notes. Clearwire had previously secured the single largest round with $900 million in 2006. (See The Best-Funded Mobile Startups of 2013 and Clearwire Nabs $900M, Nixes IPO.)

Even without the Uber round, private companies pulled in $1.1 billion in funding in June.

Here are the top five deals:

Table 1: Top 5 Funded Mobile Startups in June

Company Location Funding Amount Developing Backers
Uber San Francisco $1.2B An on-demand mobile transportation app Fidelity Investments; BlackRock, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Ventures, Summit Partners, Wellington Management
Proteus Digital Health Redwood City, Calif. $120M A mobile health platform N/A
Toutiao Beijing, China $100M A domestic news aggregation system Sequoia Capital; Weibo Corporation
Kony Orlando, Fla. $50M A mobile enterprise system SoftBank Capital; Georgian Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Telstra Ventures
Wish San Francisco $50M A social shopping app Founders Fund; Formation 8, GGV Capital, Legend Capital, Jerry Yang, Individual investors
Source: Rutberg & Co.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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