NVCA trends for 2010

16 Dec

The National Venture Capital Association issued a presentation today on VC-reported trends for the coming year, available here. For those who find these reports useful, there are probably a few things in there that could prove to be interesting. The data suggests that most investors are confident that while the industry at large will shrink in terms of the number of firms, the amount of capital deployed should increase in the coming year. There is also some suggestion that firms expect to either maintain current staffing levels or increase modestly. This is in somewhat stark contrast to what was being heard anecdotally earlier in the year concerning layoffs and partner turnover or forced retirements. Whether this is a function of many firms already rightsizing themselves is not clear, but the fear in some quarters seems to have abated.

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