Among companies developing solely for the iPhone, social network startups have drawn more VC investment money than games, according to startup investment tracker Chubby Brain’s latest set of charts. Listing 22 rounds of funding for 17 companies, Chubby accounted for over $100 million in investments, with a median level of $3.45 million.
The most active investor is Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, which has a $100 million iFund from which it has invested in at least five companies — Booyah, GOGII, iControl, ng:moco, and Pelago. The iFund accounted for the largest deals Chubby has tracked: iControl’s series B of $20 .5 million, and Pegalo’s series B of $15 million.
The most gossip-worthy chart in Chubby’s report shows that the number of iPhones sold follows the same curve as iPhone startup investments but at a six month lag. There aren’t enough data points to prove yet that investment drives sales, but it’s a great topic for both parties and business meetings in the Valley.