We’re midway into February, and as we say in sales by the midpoint of the quarter we basically know where we stand. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together an overview of how Q1 is stacking up in comparison to last year and focused in on a few key trends that have been popular in the media. In this report, you will see the shift to later stage deals, greater concentration of capital in a smaller number of seed deals, and a few other interesting developments.
I’ve also highlighted startup investment activity in New York to sharpen the example of the move from early to later stage investing. Check it out, let us know what you think by tweeting to @Mattermark and you can also download the report as a PDF here.
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As a Y Combinator alum, I’m always curious (and constantly being asked) who seems to be doing the best of all the companies who went through the program. YC is often blamed for the rise of early stage valuations, and the disruption of the more traditional Series A. The program has been very successful in it’s 10 years in existence, spawning several “unicorns” or startups who achieved at least a billion dollar valuation. While some of these valuations are only represented on paper, others like Twitch and Heroku have delivered real cash returns.
Beyond the specific companies to watch, which are listed below, it’s also interesting to look at the YC companies in aggregate. The 55 companies who are currently at the Series A stage have on average raised a lifetime total funding of $11.6M per company, the 24 at Series B have raised an average of $31M per company and by Series C the average funds raised per company jumps to $187M and is skewed heavily by Dropbox and Instacart.