Venture funding for startups just suffered the biggest crash since the dot-com bust
A total of $13.9 billion flowed into U.S. startups in the first quarter, and only 884 deals were done, the lowest number in four years.
The report is really focused on the traditional VC market. It only includes startups with at least one venture-backed round, and ignores startups backed only by private individuals (such as angel investors) so very early stage startups are excluded. It also excludes companies that are majority owned by another company or by a private equity firm.
Even so, it's more evidence that the cold wind is definitely blowing through Silicon Valley. As companies find it hard to raise money, they'll have to get to positive cash flow sooner - that means real customers paying more money than the startup is spending.
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