Rocket Fuel was acquired by rival Sizmek for $145M. Sizmek purchasing Rocket Fuel is helping to complete a strategic picture of working to become a competitor to companies like Google.

The global Business Intelligence and Analytics Software Market is expected to grow from $17.90 billion in 2014 to $26.78 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.4%. Investors have certainly picked up on the potential of the sector, and this has been evident from the funding activity the sector has been seeing.

According to our Tracxn report on the BI & Analytics sector, over $4.6B has been invested into the space since 2010, with Andreessen Horowitz and Accel Partners being among the sector’s most active investors. Along with the sector seeing a steady stream of investments, funding activity within the space has seen an upward trend, in terms of dollars invested, with 2015 witnessing a total $1.4B raised.

The report covers companies that provide cybersecurity product & services for enterprises. Companies providing exclusively services like cybersecurity consultancy, Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) and resellers are not covered in this report. Personal security & privacy provider and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) companies are also excluded from the consideration.

According to the report, a large portion of the exit activity has taken place through M&As, with 131 of the total 159 acquisitions taking place during the last 5 years. On the other hand, companies in the segment have taken a longer time to go public with the average difference between IPO year and founding year being 13.25 years, as observed since 2011. This could be attributed to a number of reasons such as the hesitation of companies to go public due to the requirement of having to disclose IP and technologies. Another factor could be the fact that investor sentiment in the space is extremely bullish, and startups in the space which require high funds to invest in R&D, or acquisitions, have access to capital through VC investments.

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