In the US, investors financed 3,011 startup funding deals last quarter, about a third fewer than a year ago. And they spent less cash: $39.8 billion, down by nearly half from the same period last year. Take out the more than $6.5 billion investors spent on payments company Stripe, and the total looks even worse, said PitchBook analyst Kyle Stanford. The biggest drop came in angel or seed deals. In that category, there were half as many funding deals as there were a year earlier. Those early funding rounds — when young companies are either nurtured or starved — are generally considered to be critical to the health of the venture ecosystem.
- Date Posted:
- July 5, 2023
Two of India’s most business-friendly southern states, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, recently amended laws to allow an increase the length of working shifts from eight to 12 hours in a reform urged by investors, including Apple and its contract manufacturer Foxconn. No sooner than India appears to be heading down the same path of more business-friendly working hours, a backlash is forming. After an outcry from trade unions and opposition parties, Tamil Nadu’s chief minister MK Stalin announced on the May 1 Labour day public holiday in India that he was putting the state’s legislation on hold. In Karnataka, the opposition Indian National Congress last month trounced Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party in a state election. In its manifesto it said it would repeal the factories law amendment there too.