One of the favourite blog topics on CAOS Theory blog over the
years has been our quarterly and annual updates on venture
capital funding for open source-related businesses, based on our
database of over 600 funding deals since January 1997 involving
nearly 250 companies, and over $4.8bn.
There are still a few days left for funding deals to be announced
in 2011 but it is already clear that 2011 will be a record year.
$672.8m has been invested in open source-related vendors in 2011,
according to our preliminary figures, an increase of over 48% on
2010, and the highest total amount invested in any year, beating
the previous best of $623.6m, raised in 2006.
Following the largest single quarter for funding for open
source-related vendors ever in Q3, Q4 was the second largest
single quarter for funding for open source-related vendors …[Read more]