IVCA Feature: 2018 Report... As Fourth Quarter Begins, the Year So Far for Venture Capital and Private Equity

September 12, 2018

The Fourth quarter is upon us, and with the economy still in a boom cycle, how has the year been so far for the Venture Capital and Private Equity industries? The IVCA gathers online quarterly reports and articles for both VC and PE results, PLUS some general interest updates in regard to topics at the IVCA Education Lunch events that have occurred so far in 2018.
Crunchbase.com: Q1 2018 Global Investment Report: Late Stage Deal Making Pushes Worldwide VC to New Heights
The first quarter of 2018 came in roaring for the tech industry but ended up a little rough around the edges... According to projected data from Crunchbase, global venture capital deal and dollar volume in Q1 2018 eclipsed previous highs from Q3 2017, setting fresh quarterly records for post-Dot Com startup investment.
READ MORE: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/q1-2018-global-investment-report-late-stage-deal-making-pushes-worldwide-vc-new-heights/ 

First Quarter 2018 Private Capital Quarterly Review

The first quarter of 2018 saw a spike in the VIX index and a sharp fall-off in public stock and bond markets from a January peak. While economic growth appears positive across the globe, rising interest rates, rising leverage, and higher valuations put the capital markets in risky territory. In the face of volatility, the illiquid private partnership structure has value. Private capital investors can benefit from being a source of patient capital, although they too may face short-term valuation risk.

READ MORE: http://www.feg.com/insights/first-quarter-2018-private-capital-quarterly

Pitchbook.com: U.S. Venture Capital Activity So Far [in 2018] in 15 Charts

There's been more venture capital invested through the first six months of 2018 in the US than any six-month period in recent history, which highlights the new normal in the industry: more capital concentrated into fewer, larger deals. On the exit end of the spectrum, there's been improved access to the IPO market, particularly for enterprise tech companies.

READ MORE: https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/us-venture-capital-activity-so-far-this-year-in-15-charts

Statista.com: Value of Venture Capital Investment in the United States in 2nd quarter 2018, By Industry

This statistic shows the value of venture capital investment in the United States in the second quarter of 2018, by industry. In the second quarter of 2018, the value of VC investments in the U.S. internet industry amounted to approximately 8.94 billion U.S. dollars.

READ MORE: https://www.statista.com/statistics/277506/venture-caputal-investment-in-the-united-states-by-sector/ 

PWC.com: Private Equity Deal Insights Q2 2018

As we reach the midpoint of 2018, we find ourselves 10 years into the latest M&A cycle, which has been characterized by sustained high levels of private equity (PE) deal activity. Overall economic growth and availability of credit have been tailwinds throughout the cycle, as has an increasing allocation of investment dollars into private equity from limited partners, leading to successful fundraising for those with established track records.
READ MORE: https://www.pwc.com/us/en/industries/private-equity/library/quarterly-deals-insights.html

BizJournals.com: Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms Still Digesting Trump Tax Reform

The headlines leading up to passage of the new tax law were ominous. Changes requiring private equity and venture capital funds to hold investments longer to get a lower capital gains rate on carried interest — coupled with new caps on interest deductions — would create prompt upheaval, The Economist declared... Some industry leaders worried that the tax reform law diluted key provisions that helped fuel the private equity boom in recent decades.

 READ MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2018/05/29/private-equity-and-venture-capital-firms-still.html 
The Motley Fool: Seven Crytocurrency Predictions for the Rest of 2018
These incredible gains have the crypto investment community wondering what could possibly be next. Though no one knows that answer with any certainty, I’m absolutely willing to take what we’ve learned about virtual currencies so far and make seven educated guesses at what the remainder of 2018 might hold for this burgeoning asset class. In no particular order, and with no assurances that any or all of these predictions come true, here’s what investors might expect from cryptocurrencies for the rest of 2018. 
READ MORE: https://www.fool.com/slideshow/7-cryptocurrency-predictions-rest-2018/ 
Barkly.com: 10 Must-Know Cybersecurity Statistics for 2018
Things change quickly in the world of cybersecurity. With new threats appearing on a daily basis and attackers continuously evolving their techniques, it can be extremely difficult to keep up. If you seldom feel confident you're making measurable progress and getting ahead of the game, you're not alone. 
READ MORE: https://blog.barkly.com/2018-cybersecurity-statistics