• Over $236 Million Raised in Q3 '11 By Private Online/Mobile Video Companies

    Private online and mobile video companies raised at least $236.5 million in Q3 '11, the largest amount since Q2 '10 when $247 million was raised. It's also a huge rebound from Q2 '11's $84 million which was the lowest in the past 2 years. I've compiled the total from numerous sources I track and as always, it is possible that I missed some news during the quarter. If so, please let me know and I'll update the list.

    As detailed below, the $236.5 million was raised by 20 companies, with 2 additional financings undisclosed (ClipSync and Ooyala). Of the $236.5 million, 62%, or $147 million, flowed to just 5 companies, Tango ($42M), Tremor Video ($37M), Thought Equity Motion ($25M), Vidyo ($22.5M) and Zenverge ($20.5M). All of these were later stage rounds in companies that had previously raised substantial sums.

    As I always like to add in these roundups, too much shouldn't be read into one quarter's data as financings close when they do - a few days one way or the other and quarters can look very different.

    Still, the number and breadth of the financings across the online and mobile video value chain - from chips to monetization - is solid evidence that investors remain bullish on video's potential. This should continue as video usage increases, devices proliferate and advertisers accelerate their spending.

    In addition to the financings, there was also significant M&A activity and public financings in Q3, which are noted below.

    Private Financings and lead investor

    ClipSync (Undisclosed) - July 11 - RealNetworks

    Shelby.tv ($1.5M) - July 14 - Avalon Ventures

    SupersonicAds ($4.2M) - July 19 - Greylock Israel

    Tango ($42M) - July 20 - Draper Fisher Jurvetson

    Joyus ($7.9M) - Aug. 1 - Accel Partners, Harrison Metal

    Movieclips.com ($7M) - Aug. 9 - MK Capital

    Roku ($12M) - Aug. 12 - Existing investors

    Thought Equity Motion ($25M) - Aug. 15 - Shamrock Capital Advisors

    Taboola ($9M) - Aug. 25 - Crescent Point

    Innovid ($9.5M) - Aug. 30 - Sequoia Capital

    Chill.com ($1.5M) - Sept. 6 - Kleiner Perkins, Redpoint, Atlas Venture

    Mobovivo ($1.1M) - Sept. 8 - Undisclosed

    Tremor Video ($37M) - Sept. 13 - W Capital Partners

    Ooyala (Undisclosed) - Sept. 13 - Motorola Mobility

    Base79 ($3.75M) - Sept. 15 - MMC Ventures

    Magisto ($5.5M) - Sept. 20 - Horizon Ventures

    Klip ($2M) - Sept. 20 - Matrix Partners

    Visible Measures ($13M) - Sept. 22 - DAG Ventures

    Vidyo ($22.5M) - Sept. 22 - QuestMark Partners

    Zenverge ($20.5M) - Sept. 26 - Entropic, CID Group, Woodside Fund

    mDialog ($5M) - Sept. 28 - BlackBerry Partners Fund

    Twitvid ($6.5M) - Sept. 29 - Azure Capital Partners


    Haivision acquires Kulabyte - July 21

    DG acquires EyeWonder from Limelight - Aug. 30

    Thought Equity Motion acquires Panvidea - Sept. 8

    Exponential Interactive acquires AdoTube - Sept. 13

    Public Financings

    Tudou raises $174M in IPO - Aug. 16

    Brightcove files for $50M IPO - Aug. 24

    MobiTV files for $75M IPO - Sept. 1