Did you start off 2021 wondering what it would have in store (and hoping it was less grim than 2020)? We did too. To predict what venture capital trends will look like in 2021, we analyzed 2020 venture capital deals and deals in Q1 2021 thus far.

Here’s what we’re seeing:

  • The healthcare wave of 2020 will continue.
  • Ecommerce solutions that mix shopping with social media will win deals in 2021.
  • Supply chain automation is the behind-the-scenes industry that will see continued funding in 2021.
  • Startup centers outside of Silicon Valley will grow as a percentage of deals closed this…

As discussed previously on VC Deals Insights, the pandemic seemed to be no deterrent to VC activity in 2020. If recent VC funding news is any indication, the trend appears to be continuing in 2021. Startups have raised close to 500 rounds already through early February.

A spat of recent VC deals have caught our attention with the following companies receiving investments of over $10M this month. While there are a few overlaps — we see you, edtech — the startups are at different stages and come from different sectors. …


The most active venture capital firms of 2020 based on number of deals.
The most active venture capital firms of 2020 based on number of deals.

Above: The most active venture capital firms of 2020 based on number of deals.

Despite the stresses on the economy caused by the pandemic, 2020 was an outstanding year for venture capital. Startups raised a record $300 billion over the course of the year. The best firms took advantage of a slower economy, deploying capital at more favorable terms.

So, who were the top venture firms last year? There are many ways to define “top”. If you are a limited partner in one of these funds, you would probably care most about the rate of return. But of course, you…

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