CNBC, citing Pitchbook’s 2021 US Venture Capital Outlook report, reported:
“The Bay Area’s share of total VC count in the U.S. will fall below 20 percent for the first time in history, while other cities around the country grab larger amounts of equity capital for their home-grown innovators.”
This downward trend is not new. As you can see from the chart above, Silicon Valley’s share of venture capital has been declining for a while. When we looked at the origins of emerging fund managers who’ve attended RAISE for the last three years, we also saw a similar trend:
In 2019, 57 percent of funds at the RAISE Global Summit were headquartered in the Bay Area. One year later, that number had dropped to just 44 percent.
While the shift at RAISE may have something to do with the 2020 event being virtual — and thus easier for people to attend from anywhere — we are definitely seeing some new hot spots emerge within the RAISE GP community outside the Bay Area.
Where are the new hot spots?
Austin, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and Miami are few new oft-cited locations.
Earlier this year in TechCrunch, Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen (ex-Sequoia Capital) spoke about the founding of Drive Capital, based in Columbus, Ohio. While building a fund required establishing a capital-entrepreneur ecosystem that didn’t really exist, there may be “more opportunity than we can invest in,” Chris Olsen said.
“There’s an enormous amount of money that’s spent on research here,” Chris said. “In Silicon Valley, the venture dollars ratio to research dollars is massively too many VC dollars for too little research; the opposite is true here in Ohio. This is more what Silicon Valley looked like in the late 1990s … maybe emerging markets are the most compelling place for venture capitalists to invest. But maybe the most compelling emerging market is America, just outside of Silicon Valley.”
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