AI deals push US venture capital spending to greatest level in two years, according to data

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AI deals push US venture capital spending to greatest level in two years, according to data
AI deals push US venture capital spending to greatest level in two years, according to data

In the second quarter, US venture capital financing reached $55.6 billion, the highest level in the preceding two years.

U.S. venture capital funding increased to $55.6 billion in the second quarter, the largest quarterly amount in the previous two years. The most recent data indicates a 47% increase from the $37.8 billion that American entrepreneurs raised in the first quarter. This increase has been mostly attributed to major investments in artificial intelligence businesses, such as Elon Musk’s xAI, which raised $6 billion, and CoreWeave, which raised $1.1 billion.

The revival of venture capital (VC) funding has been driven by investors’ continuous optimism about developing and implementing AI technology, which has the potential to yield large profits. U.S. venture capital financing has been progressively falling since hitting a record high of $97.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021. It recently fell to $35.4 billion in the second quarter of 2023 due to a slow exit market and high interest rates.

The negative trend in AI startups has been reversed by the current infusion of funding, leading more investors to focus on AI foundation model companies and code generation applications, which open up new avenues for productivity solutions. Small deals generated roughly $23.6 billion in exit value in the second quarter of this year, down from $37.8 billion in the first quarter, indicating that exits remain difficult despite the increase in deal activity, according to the statistics. Even after some VC-backed startups went public, such as cloud data management company Rubrik (RBRK.N.), the initial public offering market has struggled to acquire traction.

Large digital businesses need to start listing publicly more quickly than we have seen through the first half of the year if VC returns are to rise, according to a statement from analyst Kyle Stanford. Considering that only $37.4 billion in commitments have been raised through the first half of the year, emerging venture capital fund managers may already be feeling the weight of a lack of demonstrated returns. Big businesses were the main players in the fundraising game; Andreessen Horowitz alone closed fresh funds worth over $7 billion.

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