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Early Stage Deal Making Takes It On The Chin

Venture investing pulled back in the first quarter due in part to a broad industry-wide rationalization. The deals most feeling the pinch are early stage ones. Here are some thoughts on why from a look at the numbers.

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Venture Investing Remains Soft In First Quarter

The first quarter won’t close till Sunday, but an early look at the period finds the soft venture-investment environment continued. Venture capitalists in the United States put $6.2 billion to work in the quarter fueling 707 deals, according to a tally by PitchBook

Venture Investing Falls 11.6% in the Third Quarter

Venture capitalists remained cautious during the summer months of a presidential election year, reining in third quarter investments in the face of a slow economy and soft IPO market. Investments by U.S. firms came to $6.49 billion in the quarter down 11.6% from a year ago.

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