Join the Conversation — What’s in Store for Startups in 2018?

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At Silicon Valley Bank, we aim to help the innovation economy thrive. Every day our teams work with startups and scaling companies to help them achieve their goals and grow their businesses in a fast-changing, global marketplace.

From this vantage point, we get an expansive view of the innovation economy. We also hear about the in-the-trenches challenges like raising capital, hiring talent, increasing opportunity and diversity, and planning exits. Since we work with more than half of all venture-capital backed companies, we take the opportunity to understand their point of view and use it collectively to advocate for their success.

The Outlook for Startups

Nine years ago, after we had been travelling to Washington D.C. to explain the opportunities startup companies create and the challenges they face, we got an idea: Instead of just telling stories, let’s quantify what we’re hearing from our clients. We launched Startup Outlook.

Since then, we’ve been conducting a short survey each fall for two key reasons: To help us do a better job as a champion for young, innovative companies, and to help the public and policymakers gain a better understanding of what drives innovation and its growing impact on local and global economies. We started in 2010 with only a U.S. survey and report, and in the past few years we have added U.K. and China editions.

At a time when some are questioning the positive impact of the innovation sector, I remain optimistic thanks to a vast network of incredible entrepreneurs focused on disrupting the status quo for the better. We use the Startup Outlook survey to track trends and use the findings to focus on the issues that are most important to startups. The findings help us as we try to clear the path for our clients as well as tech and life science companies at large.

Our Ask

If you are a founder or executive at a private tech, healthcare or life science company, your perspective is important and we want to capture it. You can take our Startup Outlook survey here.

We expect the results, which will be released in early 2018, to identify some interesting perspectives:

  • Are venture capitalists still the go-to source for startup funding?
  • Will IPOs and M&A increase in 2018?
  • Is the talent crunch easing?
  • What do startup leaders think about corporate tax reform, access to talent and cybersecurity?
  • What’s the real impact of Brexit on startup businesses?
  • Is progress being made to change the ratio of women in leadership in startups?

In the last year there has been a lot of news, and noise, creating conversation and speculation about the innovation sector around the world. Through this survey, we can bring a broader set of startups’ voices and perspectives to those conversations. From where we sit, we see incredible entrepreneurs continuing to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems, creating jobs and contributing to stronger economies. Thanks in advance for your participation.

About the Author

A recognized leader in the innovation economy, Greg Becker heads the only bank dedicated to the global innovation sector.

Greg believes the innovation economy brings together talented people who are passionate about turning great ideas into sustainable businesses to create jobs, grow the economy, and enable more people to unlock opportunity.

Under his leadership for a decade, Silicon Valley Bank has consistently outpaced other banks’ growth rates – enabling SVB to expand the services it provides to thousands of fast-growing companies and their investors. In the US, SVB is among America’s Top 10 Best Banks (Forbes) and Most Responsible Companies (Newsweek) and annually ranks as a Top Corporate Philanthropist, member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and among the best places to work.

Greg joined SVB in 1993, and has spent his career championing innovation, helping entrepreneurs and their investors scale across the US and globally, building SVB for the long-term and expanding to include nine countries. Working with employees, clients and partners, he has also prioritized investments and initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion at SVB and across the larger technology workforce, foster economic development and support community well-being.

Since 2011, Greg has served as president and CEO of SVB Financial Group and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank. Earlier, he held various senior leadership positions including co-founder and managing director of SVB Capital, chief banking officer and president of Silicon Valley Bank.

Greg holds key positions that enable him to contribute to policymaking and advocate for the innovation economy at the highest levels: In 2019, he was elected a Class A Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and chairman of TechNet. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which he chaired from 2014 to 2017. Greg also served as a member of the US Department of Commerce Digital Economy Board of Advisors from 2016 to 2017.

Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University.