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Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2017



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Background

This report analyzes the valuations and terms of venture financings for 191 companies headquartered in the Silicon Valley that raised capital in the first quarter of 2017.

Overview of Results

Venture valuations improved slightly in Q1 2017 compared to the prior quarter, with valuation metrics now flat with their 13-year averages after falling from 2015 peaks. The hardware industry had the strongest valuation results in the first three months of 2017.

Valuations Stabilize
Venture valuations showed improvements in Q1 2017 compared to Q4 2016, and valuation metrics are now generally flat with their 13-year averages after having fallen from all-time highs in mid-2015.

Hardware Sector Stands Out
The hardware industry recorded the strongest valuation results in Q1 2017, with the Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer™ showing an average price increase of 81% in Q1 2017, up from 50% in Q4 2016.

Valuations Improved for Later Stage Investments
The Barometer showed an average price increase for Series D and E+ rounds of 45% and 60% in Q1 2017, an increase from the 16% and -1% recorded in Q4 2016.

Investor-Favorable Deal Terms Increase
The use of investor-favorable deal terms, including multiple liquidation preferences, participation rights and cumulative dividends, increased in Q1 2017.

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