A Decade of VC Funding History: Trend Analysis 2005 to 2014
Mattermark lovingly curates a rich historical data set around venture capital funding rounds, and over the past 6 months we have expanded our machine learning capabilities to pull in news articles and funding events spanning 10 years. We collect facts from 660 credible sources, and also read more than 10,000 new articles every day.
In this in-depth report, we examine emerging trends around round sizes, distribution of VC capital by stage, and many more trends. This report can help you answer questions like:
- Are round sizes (and valuations) trending upward for my stage?
- Was the round I raised above median/average size?
- How does my company stack up in the battle for talent?
From the Investors
Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures updates her original analysis where she dubbed the term ‘unicorn’ and finds there are now 84 U.S.-based unicorns with a combined value of $348 billion in “Welcome to the Unicorn Club, 2015; Learning from Billion-Dollar Companies”
Sam Altman of Y Combinator announces a new eight week Y Combinator program that allows remote startups to receive a $12,000 grant and access to advice from the YC community in “YC Fellowship” (Application deadline is July 27th)
Venture Capitalist Gil Dibner releases his 47 slide Q2 2015 analysis of VC trends across Europe and Israel in “The Data 2Q15: Venture Capital in Europe & Israel”
Semil Shah of Haystack Fund outlines why we should ‘expect pre-seed and seed valuations to cool down’ in the coming months in “The Big Chill in Seed”
Brad Feld of Foundry Group declares that he will use the term founderinstead of entrepreneur, as he believes it may have lost its meaning in “Do We Need a New Word for Entrepreneur?”
Brian Laung Aoaeh of KEC Ventures believes founders are using the term disruption ‘without actually understanding what it means’, so he provides an overview of what it is and how it works in “Notes on Strategy; Where Does Disruption Come From?”
From the Operators
Eric Jorgenson of Evergreen offers ‘everything you need to know to make your performance reviews simple, easy, and productive’ in “How Performance Reviews are Being Reinvented, Refined and Perfected”
Adora Cheung of Homejoy shows gratitude for Homejoy’s community and supporters and announces the service will officially close its doors on July 31st in “Homejoy Says Goodbye, and Thank You”
Vishal Maini of Upstart dives into why he thinks the best people don’t go into marketing, why it matters, and ‘what we can do about it’ in “Marketing Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word in Silicon Valley”
Startup Lawyer Jose Ancer explains the difference between hiring a law firm that represents a company vs. hiring a firm that represents the founders in “A Startup Lawyer is Not a Founder’s Lawyer”
Sam DeBrule of Mattermark revisits the 20 Series A candidates Mattermark predicted to raise a round of funding in 2015 in “The Most Promising Series A Candidates for 2015, Revisited”