As the market enters its third quarter, the U.S. sees financing deals of around $100 million, marking a record-breaking year for venture capital. The number has increased by over 800% by 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal. The first half of U.S. venture capital appears to be a historic one with $123.2 billion in more than three thousand deals, as per the report by Refinitiv.
Owing to the influx of money in the tech sector, the past few months of tech venture capital are flashing headlines for the massive investment opportunities. Although tech is becoming the center of attraction in the venture capital market, it is actually bleeding over the other non-tech sectors.
While the early-stage startup valuations report reaching around $105.4 million, the bridge stage startups have reached around 882.4 million in the valuations. Reportedly, the numbers have shown a high jump from last year. Since factors such as exponential ROI and low stock volatility drive investors to the later stage ventures, there’s a funding explosion seen in these Pre-IPO stage startups.
As of August 2021, the number of unicorn startups in the international market is 800, with the U.S. leading at 402. That’s 50% of the total number. While Stripe, the FinTech app, awaits its IPO, it presently ranks 2nd globally with the valuation of $95 Billion dollars to become the most valued venture in the U.S.
Speaking of regions, San Francisco, the city where the cost of living is considered to be the highest, is coming in the news for different valuations. The Bay Area is witnessing the most action in the market, with the number of tech venture capital rising more than double.
According to venture capital experts, the deals that were taking months to close, now seemingly take around a week or two. That shows the pace with which the U.S. venture capital is booming in the present year. The momentum is likely to continue or may even seek greater heights in the coming months.
As Dave Mcclure once said, “Venture Capital is poised for monstrous growth.” It’s coming true. Adding a startup to the unicorn list was a rare phenomenon. However, capital formation has become a weekly ritual of giving birth to unicorn startups.
The market will soon bid adieu to the third quarter. With venture capital investments rising exponentially in a single quarter, it will be interesting to see its impact on the startup ecosystem. It indeed underlines how the traditional private finance model for startups has transformed and led to the era of venture capitalists.