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These 16 charts illustrate current trends in the US VC industry

Here are 16 charts from the 2Q 2017 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor that illustrate the current trends in the US venture market.

For the past couple of quarters, the US venture market has been experiencing a rebound following two years of declining activity. Exits, however, are still tough to find. The number of IPOs is still well below the figures seen in 2014 and 2015, even though five unicorns have gone public so far this year.

Posted below are 16 charts from the 2Q 2017 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor that illustrate the current trends in the US venture market:


After several years of record distributions back to LPs, the US VC industry is in a run of record fundraising, with $19 billion raised for vehicles in 1H 2017—nearly $130 billion has been raised since the beginning of 2014.


While activity across the US VC industry will likely end lower than the highs of 2014 and 2015, completed rounds have increased for two straight quarters. The dry powder available is helping to increase round sizes and sustain later-stage companies in the private markets. Rounds completed at every stage have continued to grow larger and corporate venture activity has remained popular.


Exits have been slowing for more than two years, and that trend doesn’t seem to be ending this year, as companies continue to opt for private capital. The investment-to-exit ratio has grown to the largest we’ve ever seen.

For a full breakdown of the US venture industry, download your free copy of the 2Q 2017 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor.

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    Written by Kyle Stanford

    Kyle is an analyst at PitchBook, focusing on venture and carrying a particular interest in the early stage. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2009, earning a degree in history. He joined PitchBook in 2014 as a writer for the VC newsletter and a contributor to the blog.

    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kyle enjoys everything outdoors and doesn’t mind rain.

    After spending time working in the daily deal industry after college, he spent a year traveling his way around the world. His passport, which needs to be replaced, holds stamps from 30 countries.

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