Reports issued by PricewaterhouseCooper, the NVCA, and Pitchbook find that 2013 is off to a slow start for venture capital, although software continues to reign in the dollars.
Online investing platform FundersClub gains acceptance and legitimacy as a member of the National Venture Capital Association.
With entrepreneur-friendly government regulation and high-quality late stage companies on the cusp of going public, VCs expect to see solid returns in the coming year.
Venture capital investments declined in both dollars and deal volume this quarter, according to the latest TheMoneyTree report.
Venture capital funds raised $4.9 billion in the first quarter of 2012, down 35 percent from a year ago, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association.
Money raised by venture capital firms to fund startups is on the rise, but the number of venture capital firms raising that money is at a 16 year low.