Seed Stage Slaughter
Betabeat has been writing about the crunch for seed stage startups looking to raise series A since August of this year. The debate over this trend is now in full flower, with VCs divided over whether or not there is a reckoning in the works.
Regardless of what position you take on the series A situation, it’s clear that 2010 saw a surge in seed stage investments. Pulling data from crunch base, Alexia Tsotsis found seed investments grew substantially while A rounds stayed flat.
As Josh Koppelman of First Round Capital writes on his blog today, this is reflected in the amount of time his firm spent evaluating new deals before deciding to invest. Over the last four years, the amount of time it took for a Read More
Lerer Ventures is a seed stage venture capital fund based in New York. They invest in founders at the earliest stages of a startup’s life. Everyone at the fund starts and runs companies for a living. Lerer Ventures is where they invest in their peers.
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Seed Stage Slaughter
If you’ve been listening closely at tech parties and events over the last month, you could begin to hear the tectonic rumblings of a reckoning. The bubble in seed stage funding that saw hundreds of start-ups raise capital during 2010 is coming to an end. And many of the companies who raised less than $1 million are now running out of cash.
This morning we got an anonymous tip, since confirmed, that flash sales aggregator MyNines, which raised $750K back in April of 2010, has shut down. The company’s website is currently offline. Founder Apar Kothari has been named vice president, head of business development and strategic partnerships at private sale shopping destination site Rue La La. (Sounds like that emerging talent pool we told you was coming.)
Earlier this week Betabeat reported on some findings from the National Association of Venture Capital, which showed that while the number of firms raising capital was shrinking, the amount of dollars put into VC the first half of 2011 was actually up 70 percent over the same period in 2010.
More positive data was Read More
Tech Bubble Watch
There is a complex fan dance that goes on between start-ups and the institutions that support them. VCs and investment banks want to find and befriend the most promising start-ups before anyone else. At the same time, few of these promising young candidates will mature into profitable clients in the near future. Read More