United States

Silicon Valley - Bay Area

Integration Phase

Despite rising real estate prices and increased scrutiny, Silicon Valley remains a vibrant place for startups. In fact, the external forces acting on Silicon Valley are changing how companies develop products and manage teams.

Robert Siegel
Partner at XSeed Capital and Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Sub-sector Strengths

AI, Big Data & Analytics

Seven of the world’s top 10 AI investors — companies like  Google, Facebook, and Apple — are based in Silicon Valley. In 2018, Automation Anywhere raised $550 million in Series A financing over two rounds, and Snowflake Computing raised $450M in a Series F round.

Fintech

Drawn by the region’s strength in Fintech, global financial companies increasing their presence in the region. JP Morgan recently announcing plans to open a Fintech innovation hub by 2020. Stripe, a Fintech unicorn, raised $245 million in 2018, followed by a $100 million in Series E in 2019.

Life Sciences

Silicon Valley has a long history of innovation Life Sciences, producing success stories such as Genentech and Exelixis. It is home to more than 1,400 Life Sciences companies employing over 52,000 people. In 2018, Grail raised $300 million in Series C funding and Hologic acquired Focal Therapeutics for $125 million.

Why you should invest in Silicon Valley - Bay Area

SOFTWARE STARTUP OUTPUT
13 k-18 k
GLOBAL AVG.
1,010
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$312 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$5 bn
#1 Global Ecosystem
Artificial Intelligence
#1 Global Ecosystem
Life Sciences
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Exit Growth
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6
Output Growth
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3
Funding Growth
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Reasons to move your startup to Silicon Valley - Bay Area

EARLY-STAGE FUNDING PER STARTUP
$700+ k
GLOBAL AVG.
$284 k
TOTAL EARLY-STAGE FUNDING
$11,700 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$837 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$115 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$58.3 k

Ranks #1 across the board

Silicon Valley top in most startup Sub-Sector rankings from AI, to Robotics, to Life Sciences. It is the world’s main unicorn factory, producing more than 89 through March 2019.

World-class resources

Startups have access to talent (Stanford University, UC Berkeley and USCF), capital, plus numerous investors and mentors.

Startup Community

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