The VC industry is reeling from the breakneck pace of dealmaking in 2021. Here are the trends shaping tech's spending spree.

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The VC industry is reeling from the breakneck pace of dealmaking in 2021. Here are the trends shaping tech's spending spree.
Samantha Lee/Insider
  • Venture capitalists are plowing more money than ever into privately-owned startups.
  • But the availability of capital means those same investors have to work harder to nab deals.
  • Here's a rundown of the trends that are driving record dealmaking in Startupland.

The venture industry warned of a "black swan" at the start of the pandemic. Instead, they got a golden goose.

The stock market rallied, and privately owned tech companies joined a parade of initial public offerings with strong debuts. Their exits gave firms like Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital some of their best returns ever.

Now, investors are spreading around their new wealth to the next generation of startups.

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Founders are raking in funding at record valuations. It's great news for companies, but the blistering pace of dealmaking means venture capitalists have to work smarter to stake their claim in the hottest deals. They're moving faster on deals and sweetening their offers with more favorable terms, Insider's reporting has shown.

Here's a rundown of the trends that are shaping venture's spending spree.

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