I continue to be interested in the Web 2.0 investment space, as it provides an exemplar for relational capital in the Silicon Valley. A recent entry on Matt Marshall’s Venture Beat blog (a highly recommended source of information) on Web 2.0 Investment Booms, points to a recent VentureOne report indicating that recent investment activity in Web 2.0 startups has more than doubled over the past 3 quarters (from a year ago). Check it out for some interesting statistics and factoids on Web 2.0 from a venture perspective.
In this blog entry I seek to examine Web 2.0 investment activity in more detail. I was curious as to how this investing space has grown (from a relational network point of view) and ponder about what lies ahead. I began by mapping the combined relational network of the top 3 companies who raised the most money in 2006: Zimbra, Facebook and PodShow. LinkSViewer 1.2 Filters: Founded 2001-6, Funding in 2005-6, Internet Sector, Pendants (Non-connected links) removed. Below is the resultant relational network map (click on map to enlarge in a new window).