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Venturing into new territory: A look at VC’s record-breaking 2021

To say that US venture capital had a huge year in 2021 would be an understatement—in fact, it hit a new all-time annual high. In this webinar, PitchBook analysts and industry experts discussed the Q4 2021 Venture Monitor report. The conversation further contextualized how US VC investments in 2021 compared to the previous year’s totals, the growth of VC mega-deals, VC’s strong returns and 2021’s astounding IPO window. Additionally, the panelists highlighted what might lie ahead and provided an analysis of the competitive environment as well as other market considerations.

Key takeaways include:

  • In 2021, US VC investment topped $329 billion for the first time, nearly doubling 2020’s total of $166.6 billion 
  • Strong VC returns in recent years continue to encourage capital inflow into strategy
  • The IPO window in 2021 allowed an incredible $774.1 billion exit value
  • The potential for greater uncertainty on the public listing market in 2022
     
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Cameron Stanfill, CFA

Lead Analyst, VC, PitchBook

Cameron Stanfill is the lead analyst of US venture capital at PitchBook, where he oversees a team of venture analysts who publish quarterly reports and thematic analyst notes. Stanfill specializes in late-stage venture investments and exit activity and has published research on alternative liquidity options, direct listings and IPOs. He has been cited in multiple top-tier publications including CNBC, Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to joining PitchBook, he was a financial analyst at Jackson & Jackson in Louisiana. Stanfill holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Louisiana State University and is a CFA charter holder. He is based in PitchBook’s Seattle office.


Kyle Stanford, CAIA

Senior Analyst, VC, PitchBook

Kyle Stanford is a senior VC analyst at PitchBook, where he covers nontraditional VC investment and venture ecosystem development. He also contributes to quarterly core reports and produces thematic analyst notes on various topics. Prior to this role, he worked on PitchBook’s publishing team, building and designing custom reports across all asset classes while also supporting the analyst team’s core report development. 

Stanford received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington. He is based in PitchBook’s Seattle office. 


Robert Schwandt

Regional Sales Manager, Insperity

Originally from Texas, Robert Schwandt has more than 24 years’ experience leading people and building high-performance teams. A successful entrepreneur himself, Schwandt knows firsthand what it takes to start, build and ultimately sell a successful business. As a Regional Sales Manager for Insperity, Robert now directs the sales and operations for the northwestern United States, and simply sees his role as helping people succeed. Robert and his wife Tiffany reside in Walnut Creek, CA, and have two adult children living in Houston.


Stephanie Volk

Vice President of Development, NVCA

As Vice President of Development at NVCA, Stephanie Volk leads industry engagement and is responsible for developing relationships with NVCA’s 300+ members across the country and growing the member community. Through outreach, events, and resources, she fosters dialogue between NVCA and member firms to ensure the organization is focused on the policies and initiatives that matter most to the VC community. Stephanie also oversees NVCA’s Corporate Venture network and programming.

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