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San Francisco VC dollars tick up, top recipient of US investment, but deal flow slows

  • ​San Francisco captured the lion’s share of VC investment in the US totaling $4.1 billion in Q2, up 18 percent from Q1 2017.  Lyft, Wish, and Unity each had large rounds that combined totaled $1.5 billion.
  • While overall dollar investment increased 18 percent, deal flow in the City echoed that of the US overall, declining for the third quarter in a row.  However,  San Francisco led the nation with 223 deals, out pacing 2nd place New York by 46 percent.
  • With investment expected to continue–VC firms have raised $130 billion since 2014– technology firms will expand further in the City.  
  • The decline in the number of deals portends to fewer groups sourcing the capital for expansion, but overall more controlled deal flow makes for a increasingly stable investment environment that will ultimately positively impact  both the local economy and real estate ecosystem.​

Source: JLL Research, PWC Money Tree, NVCA​




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