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Visualizing the Best Funded Startup in Each State

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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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Ranked: The 20 Easiest Countries for Doing Business

Entrepreneurship is challenging at the best of times. Here are the countries where at least starting a new business is easy to do.

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Ranked: The 20 Easiest Countries for Doing Business

Contrary to popular belief, the hardest part about running a business may not be finding customers, it’s getting one started.

Depending on the public policies and application processes of your country, you might struggle or succeed in opening and operating a business.

If you live in New Zealand, for example, you can get a new enterprise up and running in half a day. If you live in Luxembourg or Argentina, however, it’s a different story─with the process sometimes taking over a year.

Today’s chart uses data from the World Bank’s annual Doing Business 2020 report, which delves into the ease of doing business in countries around the world.

Measuring the Ease of Doing Business

Now in its 17th year, the Doing Business (DB) report measures how easy it is for someone to start and run a company in an economy, using 12 key factors throughout a business lifecycle:

  1. Starting a business
  2. Employing workers
  3. Dealing with construction permits
  4. Getting electricity
  5. Registering property
  6. Getting credit
  7. Protecting minority investors
  8. Paying taxes
  9. Trading across borders
  10. Contracting with the government
  11. Enforcing contracts
  12. Resolving insolvency

Of the 190 countries reviewed last year, only 115 made it easier for entrepreneurs to do business.

Note to readers: this year’s DB score did not factor in Employing Workers or Contracting with the Government when ranking economies.

Top 20 Easiest Countries to Run a Business

RankCountryDB Score
#1🇳🇿 New Zealand86.8
#2🇸🇬 Singapore86.2
#3🇭🇰 Hong Kong85.3
#4🇩🇰 Denmark85.3
#5🇰🇷 South Korea84
#6🇺🇸 United States84
#7🇬🇪 Georgia83.7
#8🇬🇧 United Kingdom83.5
#9🇳🇴 Norway82.6
#10🇸🇪 Sweden82
#11🇱🇹 Lithuania81.6
#12🇲🇾 Malaysia81.5
#13🇲🇺 Mauritius81.5
#14🇦🇺 Australia81.2
#15🇹🇼 Taiwan80.9
#16🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates80.9
#17🇲🇰 North Macedonia80.7
#18🇪🇪 Estonia80.6
#19🇱🇻 Latvia80.3
#20🇫🇮 Finland80.2

In the top spot for the fourth year in a row, New Zealand only requires half a day to start a business. Singapore also stands out for having the shortest timeframe when it comes to paying business taxes and enforcing business contracts.

Only two African nations─Rwanda and Mauritius─are listed in the top 50 countries, with Mauritius being the only one to crack the top 20 list.

Latin American economies are noticeably missing from the rankings, as many countries in this region are fraught with bureaucracy and prolonged processes.

Most Improved Scores

Several developed and developing economies made significant strides in 2019 to implement reforms that opened doors for new business owners.

The Doing Business 2020 report shows that the cost of starting a business has fallen over time, particularly in developing economies.

Top 10 Most Improved Economies, 2018-2019

Top 10 most improved economies for doing business

Saudi Arabia made the greatest improvement overall, adding 7.7 points to its score.

Bahrain also made improvements over the most number of factors (9). While Jordan showed improvement in the fewest factors (3), it showed the second highest jump in DB Score.

Gains Among Low-Income Countries

The DB 2020 study also shows that developing economies are making progress: it’s now cheaper than ever before to run a business in developing economies.

However, a significant disparity still remains when we consider the difference in business costs between high-income and low-income economies.

An entrepreneur starting a company in a low-income economy will spend about 50% of per capita income (PCI) to launch a venture, whereas an entrepreneur in a high-income economy spends only 4% PCI to accomplish the same task.

Put another way, entrepreneurs located in the bottom 50 economies spend an average six times more to open a new company as those in a high-income economy.

Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

Generally, more entrepreneurs will enter a market where they can easily conduct business─adding more value to local economies.

While the rankings clearly illustrate the link between ease of doing business and economic growth, there are still significant barriers in place that not only deter entrepreneurship but also inhibit a relatively simple strategy for growth.

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Visualizing the Stages of Startup Funding

About 1,500 companies are founded daily, but how does the typical startup get financed? This creative graphic uses pie to explain startup funding rounds.

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About 1,500 new companies are founded every day.

However, only a fraction of these entrepreneurial pursuits will eventually operate on a grand scale. With many of these companies propelled by venture capital funding, how do investors provide the cash—and get a piece of the startup pie?

Pie in the Sky

Today’s creative infographic from Fundera uses pie to visualize each stage of startup funding, from pre-seed funding to initial public offering.

It’s worth noting that numbers presented here are hypothetical in nature, and that startups can have all kinds of paths to success (or failure).

Visualizing the Stages of Startup Funding

Pre-Seed Funding

In the pre-seed funding round, the founder(s) pitch their business idea to potential investors. These are typically friends, family, angel investors, or pre-seed venture capital firms.

Since there is likely no performance data or positive financials to show yet, potential investors must focus on two primary features: the strength of the idea and the team.

The biggest factor in our decision-making is always the founding team […] that’s what success lives or dies on in this industry: the ability for founders to make really quick, good decisions.

First Round Capital

At this stage, both the level of risk and potential payoff are at their highest.

Seed Funding

After the initial stages, seed funding—the first official funding round for many companies—takes place. Entrepreneurs use the funds for market testing, product development, and bringing operations up to speed.

By this point, investors are generally looking for the company’s ability to solve a need for customers in a way that will achieve product-market fit. At this stage, ideally there is also some level of traction or consumer adoption, such as user or revenue growth. The level of risk is still quite high here, so investors tend to be angel investors or venture capitalists.

Series Funding

In each series funding, the startup generally raises more money and increases their valuation. Here’s what investors tend to expect in each round:

  • Series A: Companies that not only have a great idea, but a strategy for creating long-term profit.
  • Series B: Companies generating consistent revenue that must scale to meet growing demand.
  • Series C (and beyond): Companies with strong financial performance that are looking to expand to new markets, develop new products, buy out businesses, or prepare for an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

Private equity firms and investment bankers are attracted to series C funding as it tends to be much less risky. In recent years, startups have been staying private longer. For example, Uber obtained Series G funding and debt financing before going public.

Initial Public Offering

Once a company is large and stable enough, it may choose to go public. An investment bank will commit to selling a certain amount of shares for a certain amount of money.

If the IPO goes well, investors will profit and the company’s reputation gets a boost—but if it doesn’t, investors lose money and the company’s reputation takes a hit.

Here’s how the example investment amounts break down at each stage:

 Pre-SeedSeedSeries ASeries BSeries CIPO
Amount Invested< $1M<$1.7M<$10.5M<$24.9M<$50M<$10.5M
Average Equity Stake10-15%10-25%15-50%15-30%15-30%15-50%

An investor’s equity is diluted as other investors come on board, but their “piece of the pie” usually becomes more valuable.

The Venture Capital Funnel

How likely is it that a startup makes its way through the entire process? In a study of over 1,110 U.S. seed tech companies, only 30% exited through an IPO, merger, or acquisition (M&A).

Companies that reach a private valuation of $1B or more, known as unicorns, are even more rare at just 1%.

At each stage, natural selection takes hold with fewer companies advancing. Here’s a look at the entire funnel, with the “second round” generally corresponding to a series A stage, a “third round” generally corresponding to a series B stage, and so on.

venture capital funnel

Source: CB Insights

Notably, 67% of the companies stalled out at some point in the funding process, becoming either dead or self-sustaining. While startups carry a high degree of risk, they also present opportunities for substantial rewards.

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