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Venture's
Fourth Wave

INVESTMENT ENTERS ITS NEXT ERA


Forward-looking industries need banking and financial services partners who understand the risks and rewards associated with the complexities you face. Silicon Valley Bank is that partner. From robotics and autonomous vehicles to AR/VR to advanced semiconductors and space, we focus on helping companies at the early convergence of hardware, software and artificial intelligence.


VC HISTORY

1946

A Frenchman named Georges Doriot forms a publicly traded company to assess thousands of business proposals — and fund the best ones, inventing the modern practice of venture capitalism.

1969

The first mega-funds are created by attracting conservative institutional investors searching for improved returns, committing significantly larger sums of capital than ever to VC operations.

1978

The US Department of Labor relaxes certain restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), allowing corporate pension funds to invest in the asset class.

1994

The dot-com bubble begins, as a record number of tech deals lead to a period of massive growth in the use and adoption of the internet.




2001

The dot-com bubble bursts, and investors shift from strongly performing technology stocks to poorly performing established stocks. More than half the dot-com companies do not survive.

2012

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act opens the door for more seed investing, helping hundreds of companies access capital and go public.

2018

Total VC investment reaches a record high level: $137B. It’s the first time in over a decade that more than $100B is invested in venture.

73

years since the birth of the VC industry

48%

companies raising VC outside core tech geographies in 2019 (2)

54%

seed companies generating revenue at time of seed investment (3)

$7.6M

median premoney valuation for seed rounds - nearly doubled since 2010 (1)


1. Source: PitchBook and NVCA Venture Monitor

2. Source: Silicon Valley Bank

3. Source: WING Ventures 2019 V21 Analysis

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