Weekly Poll: Will VC Deals Pick Up After a Sluggish Q1?

This week’s peHUB poll focuses on venture capital deals, which¬†slowed significantly in the first quarter. U.S. venture firms invested $5.8 billion in 758 deals, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB).

The number of deals was down 15% from Q4 (889 deals) and was the smallest number since the third quarter of 2009, according to MoneyTree. The dollar amount was down 19% from the fourth quarter ($7.1 billion) and was the smallest amount invested since Q4 2010. See the charts below for data going back to Q1 2009.

Our question this week: Do you expect the pace of deal making to be slow all year or do you think 2012 total will outpace 2011? Early results show that half of peHUB’s readers think deal making will remain slow, while the other half thinks it will pick up. What do you think? Take our poll on the homepage or just click here.

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