Venture Pulse Q1 2018

U.S. VC-backed companies continued to demonstrate strong demand among investors, reaching a record level of $28.2 billion invested across 1,693 deals.

Highlights from the Venture Pulse Q1 2018 report

  • VC-backed companies in the U.S. continued to demonstrate strong demand among investors, reaching a record level of $28.2 billion invested across 1,693 deals during the first quarter of 2018.

  • While 2017 saw a rise in VC investment to B2B businesses in the U.S., the biggest winners in Q1’18 were consumer focused companies. A number of large rounds went to companies focused on improving the lives of consumers —whether by offering convenience (e.g. food delivery company Door Dash, dog walker identification platform Wag), or by improving health (e.g. Harmony Biosciences, ModernaTherapeutics).

  • Late in Q1’18, two unicorns went public: cloud-based security provider Zscaler and cloud-storage provider Dropbox. Both companies have seen positive results, with Zscaler’s stock price doubling in the first days of trading and Dropbox’s stock increasing 36% on the first day of trading. While Dropbox went public at a lower valuation than its most recent private round, post-IPO performance of companies in similar situations has been strong, calming concerns related to potential stigma.

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