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.

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About the Author

Greg has been a champion of the innovation economy since he joined SVB in 1993 as a banker to fast-growing technology companies. Today, he is the president and CEO of the world’s only financial institution dedicated to the innovation sector around the globe. Greg has led the expansion of the company, now the nation’s 14th largest bank in the US, to include four primary businesses serving the innovation sector: global commercial banking, venture capital and credit investing, private banking and wealth management, and investment banking. 
Under Greg’s leadership, SVB has achieved considerable growth. SVB joined the S&P 500 in 2018 and has been named one of the best banks in America, one of the fastest growing public companies in the US, and one of the best places to work. SVB has been included in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the last four years and is consistently among the Top Corporate Philanthropists in its headquarters’ region. Working with employees, clients, and partners, Greg has also prioritized investments and initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion at SVB and across the innovation ecosystem, foster economic development and support community well-being. 
Prior to taking on the SVB President and CEO role in 2011, Greg held a variety of leadership positions, including co-founding SVB Capital, which manages some of the world’s top-rated venture fund-of-funds and direct investment funds.  
Greg is a Class A Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and since 2016 has been a member of TechNet’s executive council, which he chaired from 2020-2022. He is also a member of the executive board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which he chaired from 2014-2017, and serves on the One Mind at Work Guiding Council. Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University.