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Venture Capital Investing Drops Again

Venture Capital Investing Drops Again

Image courtesy Dow Jones VentureSource

U.S. startups raised less money from venture capitalists last quarter than in any quarter since the start of 2010, Dow Jones VentureSource reports today. Although the declines were small, it’s the fourth quarter in a row that the amount of money invested and the number of deals have dropped.

VCs’ slowly shrinking appetite for social media companies may have something to do with it. The startup that raised the most money: fast-growing fashion and home goods retailer, which closed a $150 million round in June. The most active investment fund was Dave McClure’s 500 Startups.

Measuring venture capital investment can be a slippery business. VentureSource rival CB Insights offered a more mixed picture earlier this week, showing that the amount of money grew slightly in the second quarter even as the number of deals declined.

Tozzi is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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