Startups Best Positioned To Weather A Downturn

From TechCrunch – September 30, 2008

Now that Congress has failed to bail out Wall Street, the country (and world, to a lesser extent) has begun bracing itself for nuclear winter. The technology sector is no exception, even if the Silicon Valley tends to fancy itself as immune to broader economic turmoil.

As Fred Wilson points out, startups fortunate enough to enjoy venture capital will fare the best during these hard times. So we compiled a list of all the technology startups that have raised at least $25 million over the past two years, according to CrunchBase. The ~160 startups to stockpile that much capital recently are listed below.

Facebook tops the list with $455 million raised over the last two years (the bulk of its total $496M). Clean tech comes in highly as well with Nanosolar having raised $300 million, eSolar $140 million, and SulfurCell $134 million.

Of course, to know truly how well-prepared these startups are for the next few years, we’d have to see other figures like burn rates, revenue and head counts, not all of which are publicly known. Nevertheless, their recent funding rounds provide a good guideline.

Have we missed any relevant companies or funding rounds? Submit them to CrunchBase and we’ll update this list.

Facebook – $455M
ZeniMax – $310M
Nanosolar – $300M
OverSee – $210M
OANDA – $200M
Kayak – $196M
GridPoint – $167M
Plastic Logic – $150M
eSolar – $140M
Demand Media – $135M
SulfurCell – $134M
Modu – $120M
United Mobile – $115M
Zhaopin – $110M
Ning – $104M
Glam Media – $104M
hulu – $100M
9You – $100M
Specificmedia – $100M
SpinVox – $100M
Rearden Commerce – $100M
Ausra – $97.8M
CDNetworks – $96.5M
Move Networks – $91.3M
Spot Runner – $91M
Tesla Motors – $85M
Big Fish Games – $83.3M
Realtime Worlds – $81M
Adconion Media Group – $80M
The Active Network – $80M
HelioVolt – $77M
Youku – $77M
Datapipe – $75M
Trion World Network – $70M
Arcadian Networks – $70M
Vantage Media – $70M
A123Systems – $70M
Boston Power – $68.6M
Infinia – $66.5M
LinkedIn – $65.8M
Fisker – $65M
Brightcove – $64.4M
SilkRoad technology – $64M
Coremetrics – $60M
ReachLocal – $55.2M
Veoh – $55M
Federated Media – $54.5M
Slacker – $53.5M
RockYou – $52.5M
51.com – $51M
HealthCentral – $50M
ChannelAdvisor – $50M
Blowtorch – $50M
Dayjet – $50M
GarageGames – $50M
Revolution Money – $50M
Slide – $50M
Strands – $49M
obopay – $49M
JumpTap – $48M
ice – $47M
Greenplum – $46M
Internet Mall – $45M
Clear – $44.4M
Jingle Networks – $43M
Avail Media – $42M
Metaweb Technologies – $42M
BitTorrent – $42M
Amobee – $42M
Enforta – $40M
Undertone Networks – $40M
Turbine – $40M
Pure Digital Technologies – $40M
Trilliant – $40M
SiBEAM – $40M
Teneros – $40M
SearchMe – $39.6M
fabrik – $39.2M
Zynga – $39M
Turn – $38.5M
LifeLock – $37.9M
Digg – $37.2M
GreatCall – $36.6M
Segway – $35M
hi5 – $35M
Bestofmedia Group – $35M
Yodlee – $35M
Angie’s List – $35M
Lehigh Technologies – $34.5M
Sermo – $34.5M
ooma – $34M
meebo – $34M
Dailymotion – $34M
Clearspring – $33.5M
XunLight – $33M
Cuil – $33M
Seatwave – $33M
Dilithium Networks – $33M
Waterfront Media – $33M
Mzinga – $32.5M
Vanu – $32M
Vuze – $32M
PicScout – $32M
Pando – $31.9M
Etsy – $31.3M
BuzzNet – $31M
Global Roaming – $30.5M
NebuAd – $30.2M
MFG – $30M
Zillow – $30M
GodTube – $30M
56.com – $30M
Zazzle – $30M
Metacafe – $30M

Batanga – $30M
VideoJug – $30M
Eyeblaster – $30M
badoo – $30M
Viagogo – $30M
IGA Worldwide – $30M
Leapfrog on-line – $30M
MobiTV – $30M
MOLI – $29.6M
Automattic – $29.5M
Intacct – $29M
Genius – $29M
LiveOps – $28M
RadioFrame – $28M
PGP Corporation – $27.3M
Milestone Systems – $27M
Palo Alto Networks – $27M
Tideway – $27M
BlackArrow – $26.8M
ChoiceStream – $26.5M
Ruckus – $26M
ContextWeb – $26M
Solarflare – $26M
Quantcast – $25.7M
Become – $25.5M
Mimeo – $25M
Reunion – $25M
Gemini – $25M
PharmaNation – $25M
InMage Systems – $25M
Aurora Biofuels – $25M
Nimbuzz – $25M
Firefly Energy – $25M
Yelp – $25M
Meraki – $25M
Dash – $25M
Retail Convergence – $25M

Trulia – $25M
SpringSource – $25M
Zecco – $25M
Koolanoo Group – $25M
Verimatrix – $25M
Optaros – $25M
Visible World – $25M
Splunk – $25M
DeviceVM – $25M