YouSendIt CEO Explains the ‘Real’ Top 15 VC Deals of 2012

 
 
 

Brad Garlinghouse – current CEO of YouSendIt and former AOL/Yahoo executive – has beef with VentureBeat’s ‘Top 15 Venture Capital Deals of 2012’ from back in December. He notes that the list’s number-one deal, Fisk Automotive, had raised more than $1 billion in VC money, but is now in the midst of acquisition talks for $425 million. In other words, the company is not making returns for its investors – and should not qualify as a ‘top deal.’

In TechCrunch, Garlinghouse explains that the actual best venture capital deals are often smaller, ‘under-the-radar’ and may take years to pay off. To wit, he creates his own list of ‘best deals,’ with no company receiving more than $25 million in a single funding round. He claims that many of the companies on his list are already “extremely capital efficient, making the deals more like…Peter Thiel’s $500,000 Facebook stake in 2004.”

Check out the list – and individual 2012 deal sizes – below.

  1. Anaplan — $11.4 million
  2. Betable — $3 million
  3. Crittercism — $5.5 million
  4. Crowdtilt — $2.1 million
  5. Diffbot — $2 million
  6. Dropcam — $12 million
  7. Dwolla — $5 million
  8. eXelate  — $12 million
  9. Kidaptive — $1 million
  10. LeapMotion — $12.75 million
  11. Poshmark — $12 million
  12. Snapchat — $8 million
  13. Tintri — $25 million
  14. Tonic Health — $500,000
  15. Wanelo — $2 million