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May 3, 2024
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The Battle Against Inflation: VC Slowdown and Market Correction


TLDR:

– Venture capital funding slowed in Q1 due to a 7-year-low funding slide, frosty exit landscape, and fintech sector struggles.

– Despite the overall dip in funding, generative AI and robotics saw gains while fintech funding fell 16%.

The venture capital industry experienced a slowdown in Q1, with a 7-year-low funding slide, a challenging exit landscape, and struggles within the fintech sector. This decline in funding can be attributed to high interest rates aimed at combating inflation, increased capital costs, and geopolitical tensions. The US economy may be growing, but the unpredictability of the macro horizon has led to cautious investors.

Despite the overall decrease in funding, generative AI and robotics sectors saw gains, while fintech funding fell 16% quarter-over-quarter. This normalization may signify a return to pre-pandemic deployment levels. The decline in VC fundraising is driven by lower risk return on investment perceptions, leading to a consolidation in the private market. The venture capital landscape is facing a period of price discovery and consolidation, mirroring past fundraising downturns.


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