A third quarter rise of 28 per cent has been recorded in technology business valuations in Silicon Valley by the Venture Capital Barometer.
The barometer looks at share price changes of over 100 companies that have received funding over the period. This is the fifth quarter in a row that has shown a positive barometer reading.
It is interesting to note that digital media and internet companies were the category sectors that have performed best in terms of valuations throughout 2010, followed by life sciences, defined broadly to include biotechnology, food processing, biomedical technologies, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
Full results of the Third Quarter 2010 Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey, commissioned by legal services firm Fenwick & West, can be found here.
Partner Barry Kramer said of the quarter, “up rounds exceeded down rounds 52% to 30% with 18% flat. This was similar to the second quarter of 2010, when up rounds exceeded down rounds 55% to 27%, with 18% flat, and the fifth consecutive quarter in which up rounds exceeded down rounds”.
To make it clear, an up round occurs when a company’s share price has increased since its previous financing round. A down round is when the share price has dropped since its previous financing round.
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