Video: A discussion on VC activity in 2020

Video: A discussion on VC activity in 2020

Author: Reed McBride
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Read time:  1 minute
Published date:  May 27, 2020
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Updated date:  May 10, 2024
I recently joined ​Cameron Stanfil from Pitchbook, Justin Field from NVCA, and ​Katherine Andersen from SVB to discuss fundraising, dealflow, and exit

I recently joined ​Cameron Stanfil from Pitchbook, Justin Field from NVCA, and ​Katherine Andersen from SVB to discuss fundraising, dealflow, and exit activity based on the Q1 2020 Venture Monitor Report.

We also discussed the impact of COVID-19 and expectations for Q2. Highlights include:

  • Exits were first to see effects as the IPO window has essentially closed

  • Mega-deals represent 50% of total capital investment

  • Dry powder sits at record levels ($120B)

  • Valuations trends by stage from 2019 to 2020

  • Shifting role of employee equity and venture debt in 2020 

Watch the video to hear perspectives on the data, and how Carta, SVB, NVCA, and Pitchbook are adapting to market volatility.

Reed McBride
Author: Reed McBride
Reed McBride joined Carta in 2019 and is VP of Strategic Partnerships + Ecosystem at Carta, and an active early-stage investor. Reed started his career as a start-up attorney at Orrick, advising tech companies on billions of dollars of VC and M&A transactions. He then scaled two start-ups over five years, building new teams and leading a diverse range of functions. Reed holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois and a JD from Berkeley Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served on the California Law Review. When he's not at work, you can usually find him on a trail with his three kids.
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