Google Ventures reveals where it invested in 2012

Summary:In a milestone of sorts, Google Ventures said that this is the first time ever that it has offered a breakdown of the sectors where it invests.

Mobile and consumer Internet technologies were the two biggest areas of spending for Google Ventures in 2012, according to the VC fund's year in review recap.

In a milestone of sorts, Google Ventures reps added that this is the first time ever that the firm has offered a breakdown of the sectors where it invests.

Here's a glance at that breakdown, with mobile and consumer Internet businesses nearly tied at the top:


Now with a team of 60 people, the Google Ventures reserve grew to $300 million per year, funding more than 150 companies in 2012.

Some examples of companies backed by Google Ventures include enterprise cloud storage provider Egnyte , online coupon site RetailMeNot, and digital thermostat maker Nest.

Google Ventures also highlighted some of the startups that were acquired by larger companies and even other startups, such as PrimaTable being picked up by HotelTonight and Yahoo acquiring mobile recommendations startup Stamped .


For another visual look at Google Ventures's year in review, check out the video below:

Images via Google Ventures

Topics: Google, Start-Ups, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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