Last year saw 107 IPO exits, the most since 2007, and while the number of investment deals went down from 2012, the amount of money invested into companies went up. Venture-backed companies generated $56.5 billion in exits in 2013 from 868 deals.
A mystique of massive wins and epic mistakes surrounds venture capital. Amid the jaw-dropping nine figure deals, breathless IPOs, quiet failures, and headline-grabbing acquisitions, the research firm Pitchbook came out with some hard data about venture capital activity and trends in 2013. All in all, it was a strong year. Venture-backed companies generated $56.5 billion in exits in 2013 from 868 deals. A total of 1,814 investors had exits.