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New York City’s hot streak in venture capital financing slowed in the fourth quarter but remained at robust levels, boosted in part by new businesses tied to the fashion industry.

Total venture money invested fell to $1.11 billion across 88 deals, down from $1.37 billion and 119 deals in the third quarter, according to CB Insights.

The latest quarter’s dollar amount of financing still was up 27% from $876 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, though the deal count was down from 96 in that period.

New York ranked third among U.S. regions for venture inflows last quarter, after Silicon Valley and Boston.

The list of the top 10 New York venture deals in the quarter showed the city’s strength in new service-industry business ideas, said Robin Gill, senior vice president for City National’s Technology Group in New York.

The biggest deal was a $355 million Series B investment in WeWork, a four-year-old company that has reimagined the concept of office sharing as a “physical social network.” The company rents space to new businesses while providing various amenities and encouraging collaboration among the diverse tenants.

WeWork now has locations in nine U.S. cities (including Los Angeles) and three overseas.

New York’s second-largest financing in the quarter was a $75 million Series B infusion for Harry’s Razor Co., one of a number of recent startups trying to disrupt established giants Gillette and Schick in the shaving business.

Three of the top 10 deals were investments in companies related to the fashion industry. “They’re using technology to find ways to bring new products to the fashion consumer,” Gill said.

Rent the Runway picked up $60 million in Series D funding. The five-year-old company rents designer dresses and accessories from an online inventory of more than 50,000 items.

Maiyet, founded in 2011 to sell high-end clothing, accessories and jewelry sourced from artisans worldwide, got $25.5 million in Series B funding.

And Bustle, a women-oriented website that includes content on fashion and lifestyle, took in $15.5 million in Series C financing.


  4 Q 2014 3 Q 2014 2 Q 2014 1 Q 2014 4 Q 2013
Number of Financing Deals 88 119 104 93 96
Amount Invested ($MM) $1,114.6 $1,367.3 $1,121.3 $837.9 $876.4


WeWork Co-working spaces New York Series B $355.0 Benchmark Capital, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co.,
T. Rowe Price, Wellington Management, Harvard Management Company
Harry’s Razor Company Designs and manufactures razor products New York Series B $75.0 Tiger Global Management, Harrison Metal, Thrive Capital
Rent the Runway Designer apparel and accessories rentals New York Series D $60.0 Highland Capital Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, Advance Publications
LiveAuctioneers Online gateway between auction houses and bidders New York Growth Equity $47.6 Bessemer Venture Partners
Return Path Email intelligence solutions to maximize performance and accountability of email New York Series G $35.0 Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group, Industry Ventures, Vista Equity Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Costanoa Venture Capital
Phreesia Patient self-service and education system for physician offices New York Series E $30.0 HLM Venture Partners, Ascension Ventures, LLR Partners
Maiyet Fashion brand built around rare apparel and accessories New York Series B $25.5 DBL Investors
Bustle News, entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion site for women Brooklyn Series C $15.5 Time Warner Investments, General Catalyst Partners, 500 Startups, The Social+Capital Partnership, Rothenberg Ventures
Appboy Marketing automation apps New York Series B $15.0 InterWest Partners, Blumberg Capital, IDG Ventures, T5 Capital, Icon Venture Partners
Eyeview Personalized video ads technology New York Series D $15.0 Marker LLC


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