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For Y Combinator Startups, the Average Series A Round in 2014 is 5X Larger Than in 2008

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Over the past two years the discussion of the “Series A” crunch has reached fever pitch, with an emphasis on the mounting investor expectations around raising this round. We have also seen some truly massive series A rounds so far this year. So I was curious, how has a Series A for Y Combinator companies – those who are considered by Valley insiders to fetch some of the highest premiums – faring over time? I collected information on the 92 YC companies to have raised a Series A in their life, and here is what I found.

Series A trends - 2014 Y Combinator.001
copyright Mattermark © 2015 (Source: Mattermark Research, Source: Crunchbase, Source: AngelList)

To put this in perspective, I also pull the industry averages for all Series A and Series B rounds during the same period of time:

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copyright Mattermark © 2015 (Source: Mattermark Research, Source: Crunchbase, Source: AngelList)

Change In Round Size, Regardless of Time Elapsed

For another perspective, I also thought it would be interesting to remove the time aspect and simply look at these Series A rounds as a progression of deals, regardless of when they took place. This graph looks at the 10 deal running average of Series A round size. You could think of this as potentially answering the question “did YC get better at helping founders raise larger rounds at higher valuations as they did more deals, regardless of time elapsed?”

Series A trends - 2014 Y Combinator2.001
copyright Mattermark © 2015 (Source: Mattermark Research, Source: Crunchbase, Source: AngelList)

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© Mattermark 2018. Sources: Mattermark Research, Crunchbase, AngelList.