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Visualizing the Best Funded Startup in Each State

Visualizing the Best Funded Startup in Each State

Over the last 20 years, people have flocked from all over the world to Silicon Valley.

It’s the epicenter of the tech boom, and a magnet that attracts talent, ideas, and capital to come together to create new things. Software mania has shifted the most important corporate addresses in the country from the streets of Manhattan to obscure towns like Mountain View, Cupertino, or Menlo Park.

While a booming ecosystem has lured many to the Valley, it’s simultaneously unlocked new technologies that have made it possible to work, collaborate, and build new startups from anywhere.

The result has been the birth of influential startups and ecosystems in every locale imaginable – and today, it’s true that nearly every state has an impressive tech startup to call its own.

Best Funded Startups by State

Today’s infographic comes to us from CB Insights and it showcases the best funded VC-backed startups in every state with more than $1 million in disclosed equity financing since 2015.

Here’s the best funded startup in each state (and D.C.) as of May 23, 2018:

RankStateCompanyDisclosed Equity Funding ($M)
#1CaliforniaUber$15,208
#2New YorkInfor$2,633
#3FloridaMagic Leap$2,354
#4VirginiaOneWeb$2,219
#5MassachusettsDraftKings$728
#6UtahDomo$698
#7IllinoisAvant$655
#8GeorgiaGreenSky$610
#9North CarolinaAvidXChange$574
#10ColoradoWelltok$326
#11DCVox Media$325
#12ArizonaIO Data Centers$311
#13MarylandTenable Network Security$301
#14TexasWP Engine$289
#15WashingtonAvalara$253
#16MinnesotaBright Health$240
#17DelawareSevOne$204
#18KansasC2FO$200
#19Rhode IslandUpserve$192
#20New JerseyVidyo$160
#21IdahoCradlePoint$155
#22OregonVacasa$144
#23MichiganDuo Security$119
#24PennsylvaniaDuolingo$108
#25MissouriVarsity Tutors$107
#26NebraskaHudl$106
#27TennesseeDigital Reasoning Systems$106
#28ArkansasAcumen Brands$93
#29ConnecticuteVariant$90
#30OhioEverything But The House$85
#31IowaInvolta$72
#32IndianaScale Computing$69
#33LouisianaLucid$64
#34South CarolinaCommerce Guys$46
#35New MexicoSkorpios Technologies$45
#36New HampshireParallel Wireless$45
#37WisconsinPropeller Health$43
#38NevadaPlayStudios$36
#39West VirginiaGeostellar$30
#40KentuckyLucina Health$23
#41MontanaBlackmore Sensors & Analytics$22
#42AlabamaAfterSchool$16
#43OklahomaWeather Decision Technologies$11
#44MississippiNext Gear Solutions*$11
#45MaineTilson Technology Management$11
#46North DakotaMyriad Mobile$9
#47VermontFaraday$6
#48HawaiiIbis Networks$5
#49WyomingGreen House Data*$4
#50South DakotaCovered Insurance Solutions$2
#51AlaskaResource Data*$1

It’s important to note that three states did not meet CB Insight’s exact requirements for this list: Alaska, Mississippi, and Wyoming. As a result, those states are represented by private startups that have raised money since 2015, but they have not disclosed any VC-backing.

Uber Versus All

Although prominent startups are being backed by venture capital in practically every state, the Golden State still shows why it’s still the startup mecca. Uber has raised $15.21 billion in funding, which is actually more than the best-funded startup in every state combined together:

Uber (California):
$15.21 billion

The Best Funded Startup In Every Other State (50 companies):
$15.0 billion

The other startups are no slouches either – they are represented by household names like Vox Media (D.C.), Magic Leap (Florida), Draft Kings (Massachusetts), and Domo (Utah), as well as many other successful companies.

Uber is a funding outlier even among California-based companies, with Lyft ($4.8 billion) and Airbnb ($4.4 billion) being the next best funded startups in the state.

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How Big Tech Revenue and Profit Breaks Down, by Company

How do the big tech giants make their money? This series of graphics shows a breakdown of big tech revenue, using Q2 2022 income statements.

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In the media and public discourse, companies like Alphabet, Apple, and Microsoft are often lumped together into the same “Big Tech” category. After all, they constitute the world’s largest companies by market capitalization.

And because of this, it’s easy to assume they’re in direct competition with each other, fiercely battling for a bigger piece of the “Big Tech” pie. But while there is certainly competition between the world’s tech giants, it’s a lot less drastic than you might imagine.

This is apparent when you look into their various revenue streams, and this series of graphics by Truman Du provides a revenue breakdown of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft.

How Big Tech Companies Generate Revenue

So how does each big tech firm make money? Let’s explore using data from each company’s June 2022 quarterly income statements.

Alphabet

breakdown of Alphabet's revenue streams and profit

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In Q2 2022, about 72% of Alphabet’s revenue came from search advertising. This makes sense considering Google and YouTube get a lot of eyeballs. Google dominates the search market—about 90% of all internet searches are done on Google platforms.

Amazon

breakdown of amazon's revenue streams and profit

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Amazon’s biggest revenue driver is e-commerce. However, as the graphic above shows, the costs of e-commerce are so steep, that it actually reported a net loss in Q2 2022.

As it often is, Amazon Web Services (AWS) was the company’s main profit-earner this quarter.

Apple

breakdown of Apple's revenue streams and profit

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Apple’s biggest revenue driver is consumer electronics sales, particularly from the iPhone which accounts for nearly half of overall revenue. iPhones are particularly popular in the U.S., where they make up around 50% of smartphone sales across the country.

Besides devices, services like Apple Music, Apple Pay, and Apple TV+ also generate revenue for the company. But in Q2 2022, Apple’s services branch accounted for only 24% of the company’s overall revenue.

Microsoft

breakdown of Microsoft's revenue streams and profit

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Microsoft has a fairly even split between its various revenue sources, but similarly to Amazon its biggest revenue driver is its cloud services platform, Azure.

After AWS, Azure is the second largest cloud server in the world, capturing 21% of the global cloud infrastructure market.

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Animation: The Most Popular Websites by Web Traffic (1993-2022)

This video shows the evolution of the internet, highlighting the most popular websites from 1993 until 2022.

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ranking websites by page views 1993-2022

The Most Popular Websites Since 1993

Over the last three decades, the internet has grown at a mind-bending pace.

In 1993, there were fewer than 200 websites available on the World Wide Web. Fast forward to 2022, and that figure has grown to 2 billion.

This animated graphic by James Eagle provides a historical look at the evolution of the internet, showing the most popular websites over the years from 1993 to 2022.

The 90s to Early 2000s: Dial-Up Internet

It was possible to go on the proto-internet as early as the 1970s, but the more user-centric and widely accessible version we think of today didn’t really materialize until the early 1990s using dial-up modems.

Dial-up gave users access to the web through a modem that was connected to an active telephone line. There were several different portals in the 1990s for internet use, such as Prodigy and CompuServe, but AOL quickly became the most popular.

AOL held its top spot as the most visited website for nearly a decade. By June 2000, the online portal was getting over 400 million monthly visits. For context, there were about 413 million internet users around the world at that time.

RankWebsiteMonthly Visits (May 2000)
1AOL400,891,812
2Yahoo387,573,587
3MSN354,239,803
4eBay116,101,785
5Lycos116,064,930

But when broadband internet hit the market and made dial-up obsolete, AOL lost its footing, and a new website took the top spot—Yahoo.

The Mid 2000s: Yahoo vs. Google

Founded in 1994, Yahoo started off as a web directory that was originally called “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web.”

When the company started to pick up steam, its name changed to Yahoo, which became a backronym that stands for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

Yahoo grew fast and by the early 2000s, it became the most popular website on the internet. It held its top spot for several years—by April 2004, Yahoo was receiving 5.6 billion monthly visits.

RankWebsiteMonthly Visits (April 2004)
1Yahoo5,658,032,268
2MSN1,838,700,057
3Google1,318,276,780
4AOL905,009,947
5eBay805,474,705

But Google was close on its heels. Founded in 1998, Google started out as a simpler and more efficient search engine, and the website quickly gained traction.

Funny enough, Google was actually Yahoo’s default search engine in the early 2000s until Yahoo dropped Google so it could use its own search engine technology in 2004.

For the next few years, Google and Yahoo competed fiercely, and both names took turns at the top of the most popular websites list. Then, in the 2010s, Yahoo’s trajectory started to head south after a series of missed opportunities and unsuccessful moves.

This cemented Google’s place at the top, and the website is still the most popular website as of January 2022.

The Late 2000s, Early 2010s: Social Media Enters the Chat

While Google has held its spot at the top for nearly two decades, it’s worth highlighting the emergence of social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

YouTube and Facebook certainly weren’t the first social media platforms to gain traction. MySpace had a successful run back in 2007—at one point, it was the third most popular website on the World Wide Web.

RankWebsiteMonthly Visits (Jan 2007)
1Google7,349,521,929
2Yahoo5,169,762,311
3MySpace1,276,515,128
4MSN1,259,467,102
5eBay957,928,554

But YouTube and Facebook marked a new era for social media platforms, partly because of their ​​impeccable timing. Both platforms entered the scene around the same time that smartphone innovations were turning the mobile phone industry on its head. The iPhone’s design, and the introduction of the App store in 2008, made it easier than ever to access the internet via your mobile device.

As of January 2022, YouTube and Facebook are still the second and third most visited websites on the internet.

The 2020s: Google is Now Synonymous With the Internet

Google is the leading search engine by far, making up about 90% of all web, mobile, and in-app searches.

What will the most popular websites be in a few years? Will Google continue to hold the top spot? There are no signs of the internet giant slowing down anytime soon, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that things change. And no one should get too comfortable at the top.

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