On April 21, 2009 at Pillsbury Winthrop in Palo Alto, SDForum held the Quarterly Venture Breakfast Series in collaboration with PWC. Allison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Steve Bengston of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ken Elefant of Opus Capital, Michael Kim of Rustic Canyon Partners and Ho Nam of Altos Ventures. They discussed trends in venture investments and how the economic landscape will change over the coming years.
In the fourth quarter of 2008 there were over five billion dollars in some 818 deals in United States. Over four billion in some 220 deals happened in Silicon Valley. The numbers will probably be lower in 2009. In 2008, Draper Fisher Jurvetson had 96 deals and New Enterprise had 82. Gaming attracted venture firms like Founders Fund with 4 deals and Columbia Capital with 3. Startups like Trion World Network and others focus on multiplayer online platforms. Silicon Valley continues to have a wide lead in the number of gaming investments than any other part of the country.
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