The Implosion of Silicon Valley Bank and its Potential Impact on the Tech Industry

On Friday, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) imploded after failing to raise enough capital to meet its commitments, making it the second-largest bank failure in US history.[0] The closure of the tech lender, which had become the go-to bank for venture-backed startups, has sent shockwaves through the tech industry and could have major implications for the real estate sector.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) took control of SVB and all insured depositors will have full access to their insured deposits by no later than Monday morning.[1] SVB had 17 branches in California and Massachusetts and was one of America’s 20 largest commercial banks.[2]

The sudden collapse was prompted by rising interest rates, which forced the bank to sell its bond portfolio at a $1.8 billion loss and sparked fears of a run on the bank.[3] The bank’s main source of funds, tech-focused venture capitalists, had been withdrawing their money due to falling tech valuations and a closed IPO market.

The FDIC's receivership of SVB has sparked fears of contagion effects across the entire banking sector, but experts say those fears are largely overblown. Banks are much better capitalized than in 2008, and few have the concentrated exposure to high-risk start-ups that SVB had.[4]

Nevertheless, the losses from SVB’s implosion could still have a big impact on the tech sector. Many tech companies had stashed millions of dollars in the bank, and it’s not yet clear how much money they will be able to draw and when.[5]

Elon Musk, known for his witty remarks on social media, said he was open to the idea of buying the collapsed bank, but the idea had a frosty reception from at least one Tesla investor.[6]

The takeaway is that while the FDIC will provide up to $250,000 in deposits, most of SVB's customers had much higher balances and it's not yet clear how much money they'll be able to draw and when. The failure of Silicon Valley Bank could have major implications for the tech industry, but it's unlikely to trigger a wider financial meltdown.[7]

0. “Sizing Up Silicon Valley Bank's $11B Real Estate Exposure” The Real Deal, 10 Mar. 2023,

1. “‘This hit like a ton of bricks': Troubles at Silicon Valley Bank ripple across Boston tech scene” The Boston Globe, 11 Mar. 2023,

2. “Takeaways from America's second-largest bank failure” CNN, 11 Mar. 2023,

3. “What to know about the spectacular collapse of Silicon Valley Bank” NPR, 10 Mar. 2023,

4. “Silicon Valley Bank failure signals widespread risk amid high interest rates” Markets Insider, 11 Mar. 2023,

5. “How SVB’s collapse could impact its customers' deposits” Axios, 10 Mar. 2023,

6. “Elon Musk is ‘open' to buying SVB, Tesla investor says ‘no thanks'” Business Insider, 11 Mar. 2023,

7. “Silicon Valley Bank failure raises fear of broader financial contagion” The Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2023,

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