Looking back at the past decade brings us to simpler times, when the largest venture funding rounds in the world were only in the nine-digit territory.
A few disclosures: this list includes companies that raised money in venture funding rounds (Series A, B, etc).
Better Place’s $350 million Series B took first place for the largest venture funding round of 2010 after we kicked Betta Pharmaceuticals out of the running.
It’s surprising looking back at 2010 and seeing that $350 million was the largest venture funding round for a startup that year, when now rounds are regularly in the hundreds of millions and often in the billions.
Better Place’s Series B ended up being the company’s largest funding round (it later raised a $200 million Series C and $100 million in another venture round).
It was also the largest venture funding round in the company’s history, coming in at $1.5 billion.
Greatpoint Energy’s Series D, led by Wanxiang America, was 2012’s largest venture capital round, and the company’s last fundraising to date.
Though $1.4 billion is quite a chunk of change, it wasn’t the largest round Uber would raise.
Didi Chuxing brought in $4.5 billion, tying with Ant Financial for the spot of the largest venture funding round of the year.
Along with being the biggest venture round in 2017, WeWork’s Series G is also the company’s largest funding round to date.
Ant Financial holds a number of records on this list: largest venture funding round of 2018, largest venture funding round of the decade ($14 billion!), and the only company to have the largest round of multiple years (it tied with Didi Chuxing for the largest round in 2018).
Tenglong Holding Group had the largest venture funding round of this year, unless any companies are planning on announcing a nearly $4 billion round during the holiday week.