There is some new data out on venture investing in Web 2.0 companies during the period 2001 to 2006, and it’s remarkable stuff. According to Dow Jones, venture investing in Web 2.0 companies in 2006 is set to double in dollar terms over 2005; it will amost double in the number of deals done. Even more jaw-dropping is this stat: The total dollars invested in Web 2.0 companies by venture firms in 2006 will be more than the amount in all previous years combined.
There are some caveats, of course. Dow Jones doesn’t detail all the investments that make up this list, so there is no easy way to vet the numbers. Further, my full-year 2006 number comes from annualizing the just-released figure for the first half of 2006. So, caveat emptor.