What can venture capitalists expect for the last part of 2015? If the first two quarters are any indication it does not look too bad. However, that is not without some concern in key areas. Venture capital backed companies saw 1,819 deals in the first half of the year and raised over $32 billion. Globally, these figures were reflected with an impressive $59.8 billion. The first two quarters of 2015 were representative of about a 49% increase over the increases seen in the same two quarters of last year.
What is driving growth?
There were some very large deals in the first part of this year that drove funding trends worldwide. Presently, VC funded companies are on the rise and in the first half of 2015 there were over 100 mega rounds. Just the second quarter saw 61 deals that raised over $16 billion investment dollars. Driving this growth are lower interest rates. It is expected for this growth trend to continue throughout the remainder of the year since interest rates are remaining pretty much the same.
Another factor behind the trending growth is more participation in mutual funds, VC funding and hedge funds. Right now, the amount of available capital remains huge. Companies being backed with venture capital funding are staying private for longer periods of time and some of the best companies have a decent variety of funding options. These trends are also seen on a global basis and startups continue to reshape the markets across the board from hospitality to transportation and healthcare. Read the rest of this entry
The news about China’s economic woes is wide spread and it seems that the equity markets in China are along for the ride. This has been felt even in the stock markets in the US since investors like Efraim Landa can become concerned about what impact China’s economy may have on the economy on a global level. Plenty of negative influences are heard because of the upheaval.
Is China okay?
It’s rather obvious even to the casual observer that everything is not running perfectly in China. However, there should be some thought given to the economic growth in China and perhaps there is a different perspective from which to view it. In 2015, the GDP of China has been estimated at more than $11 trillion. This is not actually too bad when you compare them to others like Germany and Japan who are both closing in on the United States at 7% growth factors. This is an enormous amount of growth considering it’s not been done before. China’s economy has lots of prospects and investors who are patient will likely be rewarded eventually.
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No matter your stance on the great Bubble debate, 2014 was a relatively remarkable year for those involved in the venture capital industry. Overall there was an increase in investing, valuations and fundraising. There was also a huge trend for industries to consolidate. Last year, about 4% of the firms who raised any funds accounted for just less than half of all capital raised. This led many to think that the VC industry was beginning to decline and shrink. However, after much research, most VCs continue to be excited about how their opportunities are lining up especially when it comes to tapping into the upcoming transformative tech companies. Read the rest of this entry
Last year brought many changes to the state of venture capital around the world. The fact is that fewer deals were actually made. The interesting part, however, is that the deals were made at a higher cost, showing an increase over that of 2013. That growth has continued in 2015, mainly in terms of tech companies. The market hasn’t come close to being saturated with new, inventive ways to save time, save money or enhance social media usage as we know it. These areas still show promise worldwide for the near future. Read the rest of this entry
If the venture capital market continues with last year’s trend, the outlook in the U.S. for the remainder of 2015 proves to be interesting. The trend is for investors to make fewer deals, but at a higher cost. The prices in VC market have gone up and we can expect to see more of that. Read the rest of this entry
Efraim Landa is a venture capitalist who provides both funding and expertise to emerging companies. A venture capital firm typically works with a startup company that needs funding and support to handle those first turbulent years until they can make an IPO. When a VC firm invests in an emerging company it basically purchases a portion of the company in exchange for a profit that will come as the company matures. It is generally expected that a company will be able to transition from its inception to an IPO inside of 10 years with the average being somewhere around 5 to 7 years. The venture capital firm provides the necessary funds to keep the business running efficiently until the time when a profit can be made. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists such as Efraim Landa also offer their working expertise to the business to help ensure their successful business venture. Many successful entrepreneurs have stated that the expertise that is gained from experienced businessmen is more valuable than the funding that was secured. Read the rest of this entry