On-demand webinar

US VC in Q1 2021: Reaching for new heights

The US venture industry is buzzing along energetically with strong activity in fundraising, dealmaking and exits for the first quarter. On the back of 2020’s record-breaking levels, fundraising is currently on pace to reach new heights with one of the strongest fundraising quarters of all time—as just 14 mega-funds raised $19 billion. Similarly, late-stage deal activity was bolstered by over 140 deals of $100 million or larger, making for record quarterly capital investment as $51.9 billion was invested into late-stage startups. Exits remained robust as well, with more companies making their public debuts through SPACs in Q1 than in all of 2020.

PitchBook and NVCA hosted a panel discussion covering the current US venture landscape. Featuring industry experts from Silicon Valley Bank, Secfi, NVCA and PitchBook, the webinar went into top trends highlighted in the Q1 2021 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, including the latest in:
  • Fundraising
  • Deal flow
  • Exit activity

We also looked at what may lie ahead for venture capital and how the market environment is shaping up for the rest of 2021.

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Thank you to our speakers

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Kyle Stanford, CAIA
VC Analyst, PitchBook
Kyle Stanford is a VC Analyst at PitchBook, where he covers nontraditional VC investment, venture ecosystem development, and contributes to quarterly core reports and produces thematic analyst notes on various topics. Prior to this role, he worked on PitchBook’s publishing team, building and designing custom reports across all asset classes while also supporting the analyst team’s core report development.  
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Jeff Farrah
General Counsel, NVCA
Jeff Farrah serves as General Counsel at NVCA, where he advocates before Congress, the White House, and agencies for pro-entrepreneurship policies and leads in-house legal matters for the association, including management of the NVCA Model Legal Documents. He loves working at the intersection of venture, public policy, and the law. Jeff concurrently serves as Treasurer of VenturePAC, the political action committee of NVCA.

Prior to joining NVCA, Jeff was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation where he advised Chairman John Thune (now Senate Majority Whip) and members of the committee on technology, telecommunications, and Internet policy. His committee perch gave him an invaluable perspective on how policymakers think about technology and its impact on American life. Previously, Jeff served as General Counsel to U.S. Senator Scott Brown, serving as Brown’s top legal and policy advisor on a variety of issues. During the 2012 presidential election, Jeff was a member of Governor Romney’s Trade Policy Advisory Committee. Prior to the Senate, Jeff was an attorney at a leading Washington, DC law firm for international trade matters. His trade law experience includes World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement and trade remedies cases before U.S. agencies.  
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Vieje Piauwasdy
Director, Equity Strategy, Secfi
Vieje is an equity compensation and taxation expert for Secfi. He guides startup employees through the complexities of private company equity to ensure that no money is left on the table. He is a proud San Francisco native and University of Washington alum. After years of experience at PwC, he decided to make the jump to tech after being promised he would never have to wear a suit again.  
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Shai Goldman
Managing Director, Venture Capital Relationship Management (VCRM), Silicon Valley Bank
Shai has more than 15 years of experience working with the startup and venture capital community. He moved to NYC from the Bay Area in 2011 to help build out the SVB office and launch a new group serving early-stage founders. His current focus is on engaging the local VC community in NYC. Previously, he was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where he conducted investing, fundraising, community building and portfolio management.

Shai serves on the NYC Advisory Board for BUILD.org, which is dedicated to proving the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship, and igniting the potential of youth in under-resourced communities.


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