CB Insights’ data formed the basis of Top 10 Sectors Venture Capital Likes Right Now that was featured on Forbes today. Excerpt below.
Investors write checks because they hope to get a decent return on their money. The way venture capitalists reap those returns is by taking their companies public, or perhaps selling them to other companies. That’s a tough game when demand for IPOs is anemic, as it was in 2009.
Demand hasn’t been robust in 2010, but things are thawing. As of this writing, eight companies had done IPOs thus far this year–the same amount for all of last year, according to CB Insights, a Manhattan firm that tracks private-company funding trends (including venture capital, private equity and government-backed deals).