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The venture capital market is racing onward, paw on the gas, middle finger out the window, “hairs-breadth” on fire. That’s our speak of the Q2 2021 data liberated thus far concerning how much coin venture capitalists deployed various regions of the world during the second three months of the year.

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The second one-quarter of 2021 was the biggest quarter for venture capital activity ever, assessed by dollars invested. The motion of funding led to a quarterly record of brand-new unicorns — startups that reach the$ 1 billion valuation doorstep — accept in the United States, Asia, Europe and Canada, according to CB Insights data being examined by The Exchange.

Data from FactSet concerning such one-quarter agrees. The second one-fourth was a record-breaker to its implementation of dollars endowed, even if total deal volume eased some from the first quarter’s tally.

The impact of the inundation of asset is what you’d expect: Round costs are rising. Bargains worth $100 million are designating records. Around the world, technology centres are enjoying a flurry of high-priced administers the hell is enriching startups and providing them with capital at earlier stagecoaches that used to be reserved for IPOs and other influential funding events.

So today we’re talking through the numbers. Next week, we’ll publish a emcee of geography-focused notes and reactions from investors and founders in the U.S. startup ecosystem, along with same entryways concerning the Asian and European startup markets.

Chatting with venture capitalists in recent months contributed us to expect strong second-quarter decisions; investors have spoken about ever-faster follow-on rounds and the explosion of high-priced, big-dollar deal-making from Tiger. SoftBank’s second dream store is active. And there are myriad seed, early-stage, late-stage and crossover stores all playing with each other both inside and outside their normal investing theatre straps in hopes of either accreting earlier, bigger possession than a bigger investing group might have in years past or working to defend early ownership past where earlier-stage firms used to departure theatre left.

But enough words. Let’s get into the numbers. We’ll start with an overview of global decisions before diving into U.S. and Silicon Valley tallies, Europe and Asia’s recitals, and new data concerning venture capital activity in Africa.

Buckle up.

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We’re pulling from a number of sources this morning, but for world data, we’re leaning on CB Insights, Crunchbase News and FactSet.

CB Insights has $156 billion on the books for world-wide venture capital activity in the second quarter, up from $60.7 billion in Q2 2020. That’s a gain of 157% on a year-over-year basis. A FactSet chart indicates around $150 billion was raised in the second quarter, up a same percentage from its year-ago result as what CB Insights counted.

For the first half of 2021, inclusive of the record second-quarter tally, the data is similarly shocking. Crunchbase News counts $288 billion given during the first and second fourths of its first year. CB Insights guess the number of $ 292.4 billion. FactSet comes to a number that it describes as “over $280 billion.”

Those are all close enough for us, and they say the same thing: Global startups invoked either as much, or very nearly as much, in the first two parts of 2021 as they did in all of 2020.

As a reference point, Crunchbase News aware of the fact that the first half of 2021 humbled the second half of 2020 by $110 billion, to its implementation of world fund raised.

But what about round countings? Was all that capital concentrated in a few investments, or did the money flow freely to more startups than ever? Here, things get a little tricky. CB Insights data states that there were 7,751 startup administers in the second quarter, an all-time high. FactSet counts 5,400, far away from its recorded record. At this point we’re seeing variances in how different data-focused conglomerates weigh; Alex was party to same gossips during his time at Crunchbase and is compassionate to the difficulty of deciding what to include and not in these types of surveys.

But even FactSet data indicates that the second quarter was the second-best three-month period for jeopardize round weighs since the beginning of 2019. No matter how you count, then, the data indicates lots of batches — and even more dollars.

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