Seed Stage Slaughter

Startup Winter Is Coming: Beware Funding Cliffs and Falling Valuations in the Consumer Web

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“It’s harder to act in a disciplined way in summer. All around you, you see excess and nonsense, companies being bought or funded for zillions of dollars without traction.” Eric Ries, the pioneer behind the Lean Startup movement, wrote those words back in August, 2011, warning that in the cyclical startup business, “what goes up will eventually come down.”

Startupland, he explained, can only stay insulated from broader economic forces–like, say, today’s warning about a new global recession--so for long: “The LP’s that fund booms are, after all, pension, municipal, and sovereign wealth funds. Consumers need disposable income to invest in the latest products,  as do the companies who serve them and advertisers who reach them.” Read More

Seed Stage Slaughter

VC Outlook for Startup Funding in 2012: ‘Optimism Wanes’

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource just released their sixth annual Venture View survey today, polling 500 VCs and CEOs of venture-backed companies. If their instincts are right, all the happy go-go funding news, we’ve been hearing—including $17.8 million for TaskRabbit, $35 million for Outbrain, and $2 million for Zipmark just in the last 24 hours—doesn’t tell the full story of what to expect in 2012.

Outlook has shifted from optimism to realism, with CEOs more optimistic than investors themselves. Read More