As 2018 comes to a close, financial analysts and investors are beginning to look back upon this historical year. They’re also drawing some conclusions that will lead them forward once the ball drops and “Auld Lang Syne” is sung.
During this past year, we saw a record-breaking number of unicorns and VC-backed IPOS, as well as the largest VC fund ever created from SoftBank. We also witnessed the total number and value of VC deals skyrocket, with $69.4 billion dollars invested across 1,667 deals.
In 2019, experts predict that Venture Capital will continue to grow upwards and towards the right, thanks to increased activity and interest from both investors and startups. Fan favorites like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Palantir, Pinterest, Slack, and Zoom are also expected to go public and offer an IPO in the coming year.
Keeping with their annual tradition, Pitchbook recently released a publication containing some predictions for the coming year and what we can expect to see in 2019.
Pitchbook’s Predictions for 2019:
IPOs as a proportion of total VC exit value will hit another decade high.
New participants in VC will continue to proliferate.
Median early-stage valuation step-ups will hit 2.0x in 2019.
Median angel & seed deal size will continue to climb.
Growth in median fund size will decelerate.
Banks will back more institutional blockchain solutions.