The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that venture capitalists have put $468 million into home automation startups since 2012. According to the article, this is part of a bigger trend towards investment in the so-called ‘Internet of Things” (a term which has about as much utility as “Web 2.0” or the “Cloud.”)
Total Internet of Things funding was a good deal higher, at $752 million. This was spread over 112 deals, for an average deal size of $6.7 million. Of course, perennial favorites like Nest, with their learning thermostat and suspiciously intelligent smoke detector, probably took an outsized portion of the money, so perhaps the real average deal size is more in the $3-4m range.
This suggests a relatively young industry, with lots of series As (which tend to be in the $1m to $5m range). It’ll be interesting to see how the overall funding amount and the average deal sizes change as the industry continues to mature. Hopefully some of these smaller companies will stick around long enough to do follow on funding and continue growing.
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