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Large deals drive July financing to near record levels: With another huge financing (DST - see below) July financing is near record monthly levels. Total raised month-to-date is $742.6 million over 29 deals - averaging $25.6 million each. Excluding the Zynga ($100 million) and DST ($388 million) deals, the average deal size is $9.4 million. In comparison, total capital raised in July 2009 was $209.0 million, averaging $5.2 million over 40 deals. The monthly median total is ~$280 million with a median deal size of $8.1 million.
Deals (M&A, Finance)
Naspers, a South African media and print conglomerate, invested $388 mm in Digital Sky Technologies, the Russian digital media holding company with significant stakes in Facebook, Groupon, Mail.ru, and Zynga.
The next biggest raise of the week was Australian enterprise software developer, Atlassian, receiving $60 mm in Series A funds from Accel Partners.
Social Commerce continues to garner attention – this week BlueSwarm ($0.8 mm angel round) and Shopkick ($15 mm Series B round) raised money.
Another $31 mm in venture funds found their way to Advertising-related start-ups, including Israel-based Adsmarket ($17 mm), as well as a pair of India-based companies – Komli Media ($6 mm) and InMobi ($8 mm).
Price performance split
The Web 2.0 public company universe was split this week, with 48% of companies seeing their market cap fall vs. 43% rising and 9% flat.