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

Greg has been a champion of the innovation economy since he joined Silicon Valley Bank in 1993 as a banker to fast-growing technology companies. Today, he is the CEO of the world’s only bank dedicated to the innovation sector around the world.

Silicon Valley Bank’s mission is to help increase the probability of its innovative clients’ success globally. Under Greg’s leadership, Silicon Valley Bank’s growth rate has continued to outpace other banks. SVB has been named one of the best banks in America, one of the fastest growing public companies in the U.S., and one of the best places to work. SVB is also an advocate for entrepreneurs, their investors and corporates in the innovation sector internationally. In 2018, SVB joined the S&P 500 and became a member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Greg has been recognized as a top influencer in global finance by Worth Magazine and was named the #1 bank CEO for midcap banks by Institutional Investor Magazine.  

Greg was the president, chief operations officer and chief banking officer prior to taking on the CEO role. Earlier in his career, Greg ran the company’s venture capital group where he was responsible for building relationships with, and investing in, venture capital and private equity firms across the U.S. Greg was also a co-founder and managing director of SVB Capital, which manages some of the world’s top-rated venture fund-of-funds and co-investment funds, and he was a member of Silicon Valley Bank’s Operating Committee.

Greg is a Class A Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the chairman of TechNet and a member of the executive council of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), where he was the chairman from 2014-2017. Greg was also a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors from 2016-2017.

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