STATE OF THE MARKETS
Q4 2018 Report
State of the Markets Q4 2018
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Awash in Capital... for Now
So far, 2018 has played out as anticipated: strong fundraising, elevated valuations and a solid environment for both IPOs and M&A. Now heading into the fourth quarter, we have seen a return of volatility and accompanying market softness for tech. With questions about the economic cycle lingering, it helps to look back to tech fundamentals during the previous recession for guidance.
In the face of heightened geopolitical concerns, U.S. venture firms are on pace for decade-high fundraising. That capital is magnified by non-traditional investors who remain especially active in mega-rounds at the later stages, pushing investment in startups to more than $80 billion through just the first three quarters of 2018. With the San Francisco Bay Area saturated with growth capital, investors are increasingly eyeing startup ecosystems across the country for attractive returns.
In our special report on Europe, we find striking parallels to the U.S. story. Startups across the continent are now accessing the full stack of growth capital through private markets. With a developed ecosystem now raising its ambitions, 2018 was the best year of European tech exits in a decade. And in emerging hubs like those in Germany — home to SVB’s newest office — opportunities to innovate and invest remain
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