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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 Q1 2018 report

  • Aggregate venture capital (VC) invested soars past $45 billion for the fourth quarter in a row. Not so long ago, it was considered remarkable that VC invested worldwide flirted briefly with $50 billion in two given quarters, Q3’15 and Q2’16. But now, for the fourth consecutive quarter, VC invested has exceeded $45 billion, and in the most recent quarter, just barely fallen shy of $50 billion once more.

  • U.S. VC investment got off to a strong start in Q1’18, propelled by a number of mega-rounds, including $1 billion+ raises by electric vehicle manufacturer Faraday Future and ride-sharing company Uber.

  • While the U.S. IPO market improved in 2017, it remained weak compared to previous years. With significant dry powder available, a number of aging startups shied away from IPO exits, using secondary transactions to provide some liquidity to their employees and early-stage investors. This trend continued into Q1’18.

Learn more about Q1 venture investment activity in the latest Venture Pulse report.

>> Download the latest report: Venture Pulse Q1 2018

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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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