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Big, expensive startup deals were the exception in the dismal venture capital market of 2023

He hopes they will became easier for startups to raise capital in 2023 were not met at the end of the year.


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New data from the business database PitchBook paints a modestly dim picture of venture capital investment activity in the fourth quarter of 2023. According to PitchBook’s preliminary count, US startups raised 2,879 rounds worth about $37.5 billion in the fourth quarter — the lowest quarterly deal value since the third quarter of 2019 and the lowest count from Q4 2017.

At various stages, venture capital investment activity in the United States is weak, and this extends to the overall numbers of the past — for example, we saw less total capital invested in US startups last year than in 2020.

However, there’s an interesting wrinkle in the data: We’ve seen a decline in the number of startups, in line with the trend in the rest of the market, but the youngest startups generally seem to be doing better than everyone else. Observe:

  • There was a drop in the median deal value between 2022 and 2023 for all startup fundraising from Series A onwards, but the median seed-stage deal value in 2023 matched the $3 million record set in 2022 (The average (The value of US startups rose to $1.3 billion last year, which was last seen in 2006.)

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