Forget the data: VCs brace for the Instagram aftereffect

Venture capitalists greeted the new year with fewer overall deals and dollars invested during the first quarter, but in the rapid-fire world of investing in web startups this data is about as relevant as a day-old newspaper. In a post-Instagram world the tides have changed.

Big Money VC Deals are Back

Big money deals are back in style. Venture firms dropped nearly $5.9 billion on 736 deals during the first quarter of 2011. Fourteen companies got at least $50 million, while four drew more than $100 million – numbers not seen since the third quarter of 2001.

Venture Capital and the Decline of the Startup Middle Class

Venture capital investing rebounded in 2010 after a grim 2009, but the big story arising from the latest MoneyTree results was that the superstars in the startup world appear to be reaping the rewards of big valuations while the others are pretty much left to malinger.

VC Funding Dips in Q3, but Early-Stage Deals Still Strong

Venture capital funding shrank by 31 percent in the third quarter of 2010: to $4.8 billion compared to the previous quarter due largely to a decline in cleantech deals. But the strength in the number of early and seed-stage deals suggest VCs are optimistic.

VC Investment Drops in Q3, More Trouble Still to Come

During the third quarter venture firms invested $7.13 billion in 907 deals, a drop of 9 percent in dollars and 8 percent in deals compared to the same period a year ago, according to the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, and based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.