Silicon Valley Bank is back with their latest free State of the Markets report.
For Q2 2019 it's sub-titled "Inside Views on the Health and Productivity of the Global Innovation Economy".
Led by Bob Blee, SVB's Head of Corporate Finance, the theme for the report is "Innovation Marches Onward":
"Despite fears of slower global growth, innovation marches onward. The record clip of fundraising and investing in 2018 shows no signs of slowing. Technology now represents nearly one-third of the value of the S&P 500 Index. As innovation creates new markets ― both geographically and across industries ― the growing diversity of companies simply adds to tech’s resiliency.
Investors agree that some of the best opportunities are in the US ecosystem. Appetite for innovation returns
remains robust. Successive fund raises by venture firms are larger than ever, and family offices and private equity firms are eager to participate. But exciting prospects also exist overseas and north of the border, where Canada is capitalizing on its leadership role in artificial intelligence.
Yet high-growth companies have never been without risk, and rising political and regulatory scrutiny could slow
tech’s velocity. And while we advocate for a healthy dialogue about the US tech giants’ unchecked power and the
foreign ownership of cutting-edge technologies, we also believe that the innovation economy is positioned to forge ahead."
Tech Rises to the Top
Of no surprise to OC Startup Council members, the report documents how technology companies are continuing to grow:
"Following the hype and subsequent collapse of the dot-com era, tech companies have proven their importance (and value) to the US economy. Nearly one-third of the S&P 500 Index is represented by tech companies – the largest of any industry."
Tech Company Growth Beyond Silicon Valley
The report also documents the continued spread of technology companies' innovation and employment outside the San Francisco Bay Area.
Page 8 of the free PDF report shows Southern California as 4th place behind the Bay Area, NYC, and Texas for the most headquarters and secondary locations for US venture-backed tech companies valued at $250M+.
Special Report: Canadian Venture on the Rise
The Q2 report also includes an extra 4 pages focused on the growth of venture investing in Canada and the rise of Toronto as a new growth capital hub.
If your technology growth company has banking needs in Orange County, contact Derek Hoyt, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank at 949.754.0814.
Thanks to our friends at Silicon Valley Bank for their support of the OC Startup Council's community-building work!