First Half of 2018 Legal Tech Raised $1.2 Billion in CashFirst Half of 2018 Legal Tech Raised $1.2 Billion in Cash https://i2.wp.com/www.legalcomplex.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Raised-18-design-banner.jpg?fit=1024%2C417&ssl=1 1024 417 Raymond Blijd https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/08e33d46f1379d84f485e8f78032975c?s=96&d=mm&r=g
[update: August 9, 2018]
LegalZoom raised $500 Million and DocuSign acquired SpringCM for a reported $202 million. While the SpringCM acquisition is not the same as raising venture capital, it does express a vote of confidence in a turbulent market. Therefore, July just bumped June as the richest month Legal Tech has ever seen.
So we had to update the initial infographic to include the elephants.
In the first half of 2018 Legal Tech raised $1.2 billion in cash. If that isn’t crazy enough, we are ignoring a possible $3.7 billion raised with initial coin offerings (ICO). We previously discussed those blockchain startups impacting legal but we didn’t talk about the elephant.
What’s more amazing is that we are only half-way 2018 but surpassed the amount raised in all of the past 3 years combined. Bear in mind, @Legalpioneer also registered 6 undisclosed rounds by private companies this year and we aren’t perfect so we could have missed others.
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A little nuance: some of the larger rounds were debt financing which is a bit odd but not unusual. The other concern is that seed financing in 2018 is trending downwards compared to previous years. It seems Venture Capital (VC) is more attracted to mature Legal Tech.
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Also note: RiskTech startups grew not only in numbers mainly nudge by GDPR, their funding generally did as well. Check out the huge rounds by privacy apps Signal and Orchid lab. Both dwarfed by the elephant called Telegram which raised a ridiculous ICO of $1.7 billion.
We still have 6 more months in 2018 but it seems we all value a fair society a little bit more these days.