Top VC Policy Priority: Immigration; IPO Confidence Remains High

By on September 16, 2015

U.S. venture capitalists’ top policy priority is immigration reform–a key source of talent and employees for many of their startups.

Immigration reform has been debated in Washington recently and Silicon Valley executives have sought to increase the number of high tech workers allowed to immigrate.

The results come from the 2015 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association.

Meanwhile, confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to support domestic investing is among the lowest of countries surveyed, despite increasing this year.

The United States, Israel and Canada had the highest levels of confidence in terms of investing in those countries. Emerging markets such as Brazil, Mexico and Russia had the lowest confidence.

Venture capitalists’ confidence in the global economy over the next year, however, was down 3% this year. Notably, the survey was taken in May and June of 2015, before the recent troubles in China’s stock market.

Initial Public Offerings

Investor confidence in the global IPO market remained high, rising for the fourth year in a row, despite rocky performances by recent public listings. And confidence in VC fundraising from limited partners also remained high–matching recent data that shows increasing dollars flowing into VC funds.

In terms of sectors, cloud computing and SaaS had the highest confidence among investors, with mobile and Internet of things close behind.

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