Topley’s Top Ten – August 18, 2017

1.It May Be A Slow IPO Market But Venture Capital Backed Tech Breaks Out to New Highs.

Funding Conditions for Tech Startups Soar to a New Record

An index tracking business conditions for U.S. private companies surged 44 percent from a year earlier.

Isabel Gottlieb
August 11, 2017, 8:00 AM EDT

There’s rarely been a better time for American technology startups.

The Bloomberg U.S. Startups Barometer, which tracks the business conditions for U.S.-based private technology companies, reached a record high. A 44 percent increase from a year earlier was driven by a surge in the number of businesses that raised money for the first time, reflecting investors’ appetite to back the riskiest companies. The index, which goes back to 2007, doesn’t account for the frenetic days of the dot-com bubble.

“If you’re leaving Google or Facebook to go do your startup, this is probably the best time ever to do so,” said Wesley Chan, managing director at the venture capital firm Felicis Ventures. “There’s a lot of frothiness in early stage and seed investing.”

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