Open Thread: The Credit Crunch, VCs and Tech

[qi:006] The current woes of the hedge fund and private equity markets, compounded by a credit crunch is said to benefit the venture capital industry, according to Keith Benjamin, a general partner at Levinsohn Venture Partners, who argues that institutional investors (endowments and pension funds, for instance) will try and reallocate their investments to other asset classes.

The recent up tick (and in some cases absolute insanity) in the initial public offerings is only to act as a confidence booster, Benjamin argues, both in today’s The New York Times and in a guest column over on Venture Beat.

While the long term thrust of his arguments is absolutely right, it is impossible to gloss over the near term implications. What do you think those implications are, and which are the companies at most risk? Speak away!