The venture capital landscape is shifting. There is a rising median time between venture rounds. An increased number of startups terminated due to bankruptcy. There has been a large jump in “down rounds” between 2022 and 2023, and post-money valuations have declined (i.e., the company’s value after a new capital injection), particularly for Series C rounds. For example, from 2022 to 2023, the incidence of down rounds rose from 8% to almost 20%, and when down rounds occurred, in 2023 they entailed post-money valuation declines of more than 50% All of this is consistent with tightening financial conditions and a hangover from easy conditions prevailing in 2020 and 2021.
- Date Posted:
- December 4, 2023
This October, for the first time in more than 3 years, Americans were once again required to make payments on their $1.5T of outstanding Federal student debt. Starting in August, payments to the US Department of Education, most of which represent student loans, surged back to about their pre-pandemic rate of more than $75B annualized, up from the extreme lows of less than $13B annualized seen just months prior. Perhaps most importantly for the broader economy, America’s youngest households have made a substantial cutback in their consumption as student loan payments resume. Since the start of September, real retail spending by those 25-34 years old has fallen by 1.5% at the same time it has risen by between 2.5%-4.2% for all other age groups. However, this recent effect was concentrated among the young with the broader population of all former college attendees regardless of age not seeing a commensurate decrease in spending.