Venture Pulse Q2 2018

Venture capital investment in the U.S. remains strong as IPO market sees resurgence.

Highlights from the Venture Pulse Q2 2018 report

  • The first quarter of 2018 recorded a truly massive tally of venture capital (VC) invested worldwide, with the final figure landing at well over $50 billion once all data was collected. But even that mammoth sum pales in comparison to what the second quarter of 2018 recorded: $69 billion+

  • U.S. VC investors continued to focus on late-stage deals in Q2’18. The rapid maturation of industries considered cutting edge just a few years ago such as food delivery, online lending and ride-hailing—combined with a slow IPO market prior to 2018 has led to a number of late-stage companies looking to the VC market to fuel growth and market leadership plays.

  • Pent-up demand and positive post-IPO performance contributed to a continued resurgence in U.S. IPO activity in Q2’18. Positive exits by Docusign and Zuora this quarter, combined with strong IPOs by Dropbox, Zscaler, and others earlier in the year, helped to spur a renewed interest in IPO exits more broadly. Investors have also taken the long-term performance by companies like Twilio, now 2 years post-IPO, as proof that alternative business models can work and have longevity.

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