For the worldwide VC business, 2018 was a supergiant yr. Crunchbase tasks that 2018 deal and greenback quantity surpassed even the high-water mark left by the dot-com deluge and the drought that adopted.
As lined in Crunchbase Information’s global VC report reviewing Q4 and the rest of 2018, projected deal quantity rose by 32 p.c and projected greenback quantity jumped 55 p.c since 2017. For all of 2018, Crunchbase tasks that nicely over $300 billion was invested in fairness funding rounds throughout all levels of the venture-backed firm life cycle. (This determine consists of an estimate of transactions that have been finalized in 2018, however received’t be publicized or added to Crunchbase till later. Extra on how Crunchbase tasks information could be found at the end of that report.)
Is the market principally buoyed by the billions raised by the largest non-public tech firms, or is a rising tide on this prolonged aquatic metaphor elevating all ships? In different phrases, is the majority of the capital going to solely a handful of the biggest rounds? That’s what the numbers present.
Within the world VC pool, capital is certainly sloshing towards rounds totaling $100 million or extra. Within the chart under, you may see what p.c of reported world VC greenback quantity was raised in “supergiant” rounds versus offers of smaller measurement.
Within the yr, over 56 p.c of worldwide greenback quantity could be attributed to supergiant rounds. With 61 p.c of reported capital coming from supergiants within the closing quarter, This autumn 2018 has the very best focus of supergiant greenback quantity of any single quarter on report.
Large cash weighs in the marketplace
Following that very same theme, the calendar yr 2018 is probably the most concentrated yr on report. Within the chart under, we present how a lot capital was raised in non-supergiant (<$100 million) enterprise rounds over the previous decade. (It’s principally the underside a part of the primary chart, with the information aggregated over an extended time period.)
For the primary time in at the least a decade (and certain ever) supergiant, $100 million+ VC rounds accounted for a majority of reported capital raised. So in abstract: This autumn 2018 had the very best share of supergiant VC greenback quantity on report, and 2018 was probably the most concentrated yr on report.
On the one hand, the outcomes aren’t shocking, contemplating that the biggest-ever VC spherical (a preposterously giant $14 billion Series C raised by Ant Financial) and several other rivals for that high spot have been closed final yr. That large spherical made a giant splash. It was the yr of multi-billion-dollar world development funds, SoftBank and scooter CEOs value supergiant sums, at the least on paper. However was it good for the smaller gamers too?
Seed and early-stage deal and greenback quantity have been each up in 2018, however then once more, so is the whole lot towards the top of a bull market cycle. The query is, when the underside falls out, between supergiant and extra normal-sized rounds, which has the farthest to fall?