- Valuations are up. Up-rounds beat down rounds 55% to 27%, with flat rounds making up the difference. F&W’s venture capital barometer showed an average price increase of 30%.
- DowJones VentureSource reported that $7.7B of VC was invested in the US in 2Q10 across 744 deals.
- VentureSource reported 79 acquisitions of VC-backed firms, for a total value of $4.3B
- There were 17 VC-backed firms that executed an IPO in 2Q10, compared to 9 in 1Q10
- Fundraising by VCs declined in 2Q10, with 38 firms raising $1.9B, compared to 38 firms raising $3.7B in 1Q10
- 90% of VCs surveyed expect the number of venture firms to decrease between now and 2015. (I suppose they all think it’s the “other guys” who are going to fold.) Reasons cited include: difficultly in achieving successful exits, unfavorable tax policy, and an unstable regulatory environment
- The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index produced by USF professor Mark Cannice declined to 3.28 in 2Q10 from 3.65 in 1Q10, breaking a five-quarter streak of increases. The drop was attributed to shocks from the macro economy and shocks to the venture industry itself.
- 18% of rounds in 2Q10 were A rounds
- 27% of rounds were up rounds
- Of down rounds, D rounds led by series at 36% of down rounds
- Software had 34 financings with 73% up and a barometer increase of 51%
- Internet and digital media had 23 financings with 52% up and a barometer increase of 43%
- 40% of rounds had liquidation preferences
- 17% of those rounds with preference had multiple liquidation preferences, 71% of those were in the half-closed interval (1,2]x
- 35% of rounds had participating preferences
I’m Dave Kellogg, technology executive, angel investor, independent director, adviser, and blogger. I bring what I think is a rare and balanced perspective to software company challeges — having 10+ years’ experience at each of the CMO, CEO, and board levels across across ten different enterprise software companies, ranging in size from $0M to over $1B in revenues.
From 2012 to 2018, I was CEO of cloud enterprise performance management vendor Host Analytics, where we quintupled ARR while halving customer acquisition costs in a highly competitive market, ultimately selling the company in a private equity transaction.
Previously, I was SVP/GM of Service Cloud at Salesforce and CEO at NoSQL database provider MarkLogic. Before that, I was CMO at Business Objects for nearly a decade as we grew from $30M to over $1B. I started my career in technical and product marketing positions at Ingres and Versant.
I love disruption, startups, and Silicon Valley and have had the pleasure of working in varied capacities with companies including ClearedIn, FloQast, GainSight, Lecida, MongoDB, Recorded Future, Tableau and TopOPPs. I currently sit on the boards of Alation (data catalogs) and Nuxeo (content management) and previously sat on the boards of agtech leader Granular (acquired by DuPont for $300M) and big data leader Aster Data (acquired by Teradata for $325M).
I periodically speak to strategy and entrepreneurship classes at the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley) and Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (HEC).
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