IVCA Feature: First Quarter News, Second Quarter Predictions in VC/PE Insights from Around the Web

May 26, 2021

All years go fast, but obviously this year has gone fast and has been the focus of more scrutiny, as we come out of the pandemic restrictions. The first quarter ended four weeks ago, the second quarter is just revving up. Here are some insights from VC and PE articles found on the world wide web.
Crunchbase.com, ‘Global Venture Funding Hits All-Time Record High $125B In Q1 2021’
Alongside the investment boom, new unicorn startups – those private companies valued at $1 billion or more – were created at a rapid pace in the first quarter, with an average of close to two new unicorns per working day, well above all previous quarter counts. 
READ MORE: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/global-venture-hits-an-all-time-high-in-q1-2021-a-record-125-billion-funding/ 
Mergers.Whitecase.com, ‘Global PE 2021 Deal Value Jumps to Highest Quarterly Total since 2007’
Global private equity activity continued its winning streak in the first quarter of 2021, building on the dramatic return to form witnessed in Q4 2020. PE dealmakers conducted a total of 1,671 deals valued at US$360.3 billion in the first quarter—a more than twofold jump in value year on year, while volume rose 28%. This represents the highest total value in any quarter since Q2 of 2007.
READ HERE: https://mergers.whitecase.com/highlights/global-pe-deal-value-jumps-to-highest-quarterly-total-since-2007#!
JPSupra.com, ‘Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – First Quarter 2021’
DOWNLOADABLE PDF: “Our latest survey, analyzing the terms of 259 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2021 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley, shows valuation results continued their momentum from the fourth quarter of 2020 and reached historical highs.”
READ HERE: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/silicon-valley-venture-capital-survey-9995302/ 
EY.com, PODCAST: ’PE Pulse: Five takeaways from 1Q21’
In this episode, Pete Witte, EY Global Private Equity Lead Analyst, explores the key themes and market dynamics from Q1 2021 that are top of mind for PE investors. The PE Pulse is a quarterly report and corresponding podcast miniseries that provides analysis and insights on private equity market activity and trends.
LISTEN HERE (9 minutes): https://www.ey.com/en_gl/podcasts/nextwave-private-equity/2021/04/episode-27-pe-pulse-five-takeaways-from-1q21 
InvestableUniverse.com, ‘Non-Traditional Investors Fueled Growth in Q1 Venture Mega-Deals’
Non-Traditional Investors – non-VC funds – drove a sharp increase in venture capital mega-deals in the first quarter of 2021, according to a new research from a PE research firm Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association …
READ HERE: https://investableuniverse.com/2021/04/15/non-traditional-investors-pitchbook-venture-capital-q1-nvca-mega-deals/ 
PrivateEquityInternational.com, PODCAST: ‘Behind the Latest PE and Private Debt Fundraising Numbers
PEI’s editorial team looks at the record $180bn raised for Private Equity in Q1 2021 and how average fund sizes for private debt funds topped $1bn for the first time during the quarter.
LISTEN HERE (16 minutes): https://www.privateequityinternational.com/podcast-behind-the-latest-pe-and-private-debt-fundraising-numbers/ 
Forbes.com, ‘State Of VC 2021: The Persistence And Future Promise Of Venture Capital Through A Global Pandemic’
In short, the future is brighter than ever for VC as we move into Q2 of 2021. There are large amounts of capital waiting to be invested, the pandemic continues to subside globally as vaccines are rolled out, and the pandemic has highlighted the importance of VC’s two main areas of investment: healthcare and technology.
READ HERE: https://www.forbes.com/sites/truebridge/2021/04/16/state-of-vc-2021-the-persistence-and-future-promise-of-venture-capital-through-a-global-pandemic/?sh=faddfd7ede7c 
SeekingAlpha.com, ‘2021 Global Market Outlook - Q2 Update: The Second Coming’
After last year's false start, the prospects for a sustained reopening of economies through the second half of 2021 appear promising. Markets have greeted the vaccine and stimulus news with higher bond yields, anticipating a move by the Fed to tighten monetary policy and raise interest rates. The good news on vaccinations and stimulus means the more significant risk is that long-term interest rates rise by more than we expect.
READ HERE (Plus a six minute ‘Vodcast’): https://seekingalpha.com/article/4416837-2021-global-market-outlook-q2-update-second-coming