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Venture Pulse

Venture Pulse

Quarterly report on global trends in venture capital investing.


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Venture Pulse

Welcome to the Venture Pulse

Venture Pulse is a quarterly report analyzing key trends, opportunities, and challenges facing the venture capital market globally and around the world. The report covers a range of issues such as financing and deal sizes, unicorns, industry highlights and corporate investment.

Highlights from the Venture Pulse Q4 2017 report

  • A robust Q4’17 propelled total annual global VC funding to $155 billion, the highest tally of the decade. A number of billion-dollar mega-deals over the course of the year, including six $1 billion+ rounds in Q4, drove the significant funding upswing.

  • In Q4’17, three U.S.-based companies raised $1 billion+ funding rounds, including ride-hailing company Lyft ($1.5 billion), cancer-screening biotech Grail Technology ($1.2 billion), and automotive financing company Faraday Future ($1 billion). The U.S. also saw numerous additional $100 million+ rounds, with the top 10 deals in the country accounting for over a quarter of the total investment during Q4’17.

  • Exit cycle subsides further: For the third year in a row, exits were down by both count and value, with the latter relatively more resilient, thanks to a still-strong, matured M&A cycle. It remains to be seen whether 2018 will see a final return to health for IPOs.

Learn more about Q4 venture investment activity in the latest Venture Pulse report.

>> Download the latest report: Venture Pulse Q4 2017


Previous Venture Pulse reports:

For reports prior to Q4 2016, contact the Venture Capital practice.

The Pulse Series

Venture Pulse and The Pulse of Fintech

The quarterly reports analyze the latest global and regional investment trends and insights. Included in the reports are comprehensive analyses on the lifecycle of venture capital investments as well as overall fintech investment across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Each quarter we share the latest valuations, financing, deal sizes, mergers & acquisitions, exits, corporate investment, and industry trends.

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