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George Gaprindashvili

Managing Editor

George is the editorial director at PitchBook, overseeing the teams responsible for producing the daily newsletter, website content and research reports.

Born in the country of Georgia, he grew up in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communication. In his free time, George enjoys watching and playing sports, eating good food, attending concerts and taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s outdoors.

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Q&A: EQT’s Alex Darden on the state of PE, the future of infrastructure and more

Alex Darden, president of EQT Partners Inc. and head of US infrastructure, discusses the state of PE, a differentiated business model and the future of infrastructure in America.

Mapping the urban technology ecosystem

What does the future of cities look like—and where do the private markets fit in? We’ve created a datagraphic exploring the six different verticals that make up the urban technology ecosystem.

The 20 most impactful VC teams (V1)

Forget the Forbes Midas List. We’ve ranked the 20 most impactful VC teams in terms of driving value for their portfolio companies.

The emerging blockchain ecosystem: 23 startups you should know

We map out some of the most exciting verticals and companies that investors are betting on to radically change the way payments, financial infrastructure and value transfer work.

These 5 cybersecurity startups are on the verge of exit

We highlight the most valuable VC-backed cybersecurity startups that haven’t raised funding in over two years.

Title III of the JOBS Act has landed. Now what?

Title III of the JOBS Act has gone into effect, allowing unaccredited investors to invest in startups. Here’s what it means for everyone involved.

Revealing the winner of our 2016 VC Founders Bracket

We’ve got the madness! In the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, we’ve created a bracket of our own, where the winning universities advance based on the number of VC-backed entrepreneurs the school’s undergrad programs have produced.

How much do those designers and engineers make?

Engineers are among the most sought after talent these days. But according to compensation data from J. Thelander Consulting, designers are quickly approaching the salary levels of engineers. Exactly how much do these positions earn? Let’s break it down.

Breaking down 2015 private co. CEO salary increase by industry

A breakdown of private company CEO salaries by industry, including tech, biotech, cleantech and medical devices.

A visual breakdown of VC activity in 3Q 2015

Continuing our quarter-end coverage of activity in 3Q 2015, here is a datagraphic breaking down venture fundraising, financings, valuations, exits and more.

These VCs lead the highest portion of their deals

Which venture investors lead the highest percentage of their deals? Check out our rankings, listing the top investors by percentage of deals led, as well as total deals led.

The top buyers of VC-backed healthcare companies

We took a look at the top buyers of VC-backed healthcare companies since 2006, as well as the average value of their investments.

Mapping out-of-state investments of the most active U.S. VCs

Where are VCs investing when they venture away from home? We’ve selected some of the most active U.S. venture capital firms over the past year and mapped their out-of-state investments in the interactive data visualization.

The 10 fastest companies to achieve a $1B+ exit

With all the focus on startups with billion-dollar private valuations, we compiled a list of companies that have reached a $1 billion+ exit the fastest.

PE relations between U.S. and Europe thriving

PE pros have been racking up airline miles the last few years as the number of cross-border deals between the U.S. and Europe have topped pre-crisis totals.

Is there a healthcare bubble, and is it about to burst?

While exploding tech valuations have led to much conversation about a “tech bubble,” there’s another trend that may be signaling a healthcare bubble.

The venture investors with the most IPOs in the last 5 years

Here are the most active investors in U.S.-based, VC-backed companies that have IPO’d in the past five years.

Corporations are VCs, too

Corporate venture capital isn’t new; companies like Intel, Siemens, Cisco and Johnson & Johnson have long had VC arms. But, as seemingly everything else in the venture realm, the number of active corporate VCs is quickly growing. In 2014, 166 different corporate VC investors completed at least one deal, a 73% increase from the 96 such investors in 2005.

VC in 2014: Top 5 financings, exits and more

As 2014 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on all that’s happened in the world of venture capital this year.

Enterprise-focused startups reap over $4B of VC in ’14

While consumer-focused startups continue to garner much of the spotlight when it comes to VC investment, its worth noting that venture capital invested globally in companies geared toward the enterprise has more than doubled since the start of 2010, reaching $4.1 billion as of December 2014. For an in-depth look at global enterprise venture investment, including YoY trends, top investors, a regional breakdown and more, check out our datagraphic.

The Rise of Parking Startups

A number of parking startups have emerged in recent years, and they’ve quickly grabbed the attention—and funding—of venture capital investors. They face stiff competition based on our research using the PitchBook Platform.

Venture Valuations Skyrocket in 2Q 2014

With the second quarter of 2014 having come to an end, it’s time to reflect on all things VC that occurred during the past three months. And what better way to do that than a PitchBook datagraphic.

Profiting from Social Media: How Social Curation is Attracting VCs

Social media has grown incredibly over the past 15 years, changing the way we consume and share information, as well as the speed at which information becomes available to us. Let’s explore some companies within the space to see just what they do and how much attention they’ve received from VC investors.

The IPO Boom Keeps Booming

The IPO environment for VC-backed companies in the U.S. is absolutely thriving. More such companies went public in 2013 (85) than any other year since 2000.

VC Round Sizes Continue Upward Climb in 1Q 2014

The number of completed global venture capital deals has declined three straight quarters, falling from 1,867 in 2Q 2013 to 1,348 in the first quarter of 2014. Comparing 1Q 2014 to the same quarter in 2012 and 2013, the decline is even greater.

Healthcare Companies Dominate Early IPO Activity in 2014

Through the first two months of 2014, 21 VC-backed companies have completed initial public offerings on a U.S. stock exchange. 20 were in healthcare.

A Super VC Matchup: Washington vs. Colorado

A intriguing matchup can be seen in the comparison of bustling venture capital scenes in Washington and Colorado ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII.