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No, we aren’t going to talk about Elon Musk buying Twitter. Even though he did just make his mid-life crisis everyone’s problem. No, in our startup newsletter, we’re going to focus on the real heroes of Silicon Valley and beyond, what everyone seems to forget that Grimes’ ex-husband used to be: a founder.
Honestly, we couldn’t find a reliable source for when National Startup Day is, and, honestly, we don’t care. For our April Startup Newsletter, we’re focusing on the news stories, issues, and trends surrounding the heartbeat of the nation’s economy.
Let’s get into it.
What’s Going On?
Q1 US Venture Captial Trends in 5 Charts — PitchBook
Is the pandemic VC bubble about to burst?
Do investors have too much say in creativity and innovation?
Can fewer working days help with burnout? What does it mean for businesses?
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How much are you paying for your insurance? Are you purchasing the right policies? Find out what founders are doing, and the trends that you may not have seen.
Pandemic Startup Boom: Is it Over?
We all remember how bad the pandemic was for most businesses. But, oddly enough, Silicon Valley made out pretty well. Like, really well. Since the start of 2021, US VCs invested over $70B, and have increased that investment in every quarter since.
Until Q1 2022, that is. While still around the $70B mark, last quarter saw the biggest dip in US VC funding in over a year. But why? Some say the economy is hard to predict right now, with inflation rates through the roof.
Others are citing shifting consumer trends and interests as lockdowns ease and Spring arrives. And, despite a news cycle including a Twitter buyout and Kim Kardashian’s belly button, there is still a war raging in Europe.
We may see a bounce back if things stabilize. But if the last two-or-so years have taught us anything, stability and normalcy are things of the past.
In With the New
Ignoring the general decrease in US VC funding in Q1, the startup world just keeps getting wilder. Well, specifically VCs.
According to Crunchbase News, while the sheer total amount of money VCs are spending may be down, the number of supergiant seed rounds is increasing.
To better define yet another fun and totally accessible Silicon Valley bro term, “supergiant seed rounds” are defined as those that exceed $10M. In 2021, there were 156 of these such seed rounds, up from 64 in 2020.
You might be thinking, “oh, well, the pandemic, right?” Wrong. There were 56 of them in 2019, and we’re already at 90 for 2022. It seems that, while investors may be wary to invest in proven or existing startups, the excitement around blossoming projects is more alive than ever.
That isn’t even to mention VCs actually increasing their investments for crypto companies that have been hacked to “protect investments and restore user trust.”
According to Embroker’s newly released Startup Insurance Benchmarking Report, Directors & Officers insurance premiums increase by 155% when substantial funding is introduced.
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