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The Behind-the-Scenes Mess Now Facing the VC Industry

It's a lot more than just the NASDAQ decline.

The Golden Gate Bridge during a rain storm in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. 

The Golden Gate Bridge during a rain storm in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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There's a fairly linear relationship between what's going on in the stock market and what's going on in the world of venture capital and private tech investing. When tech stocks plunge and the IPO window closes, then that hits valuations -- everything from late stage companies to those earlier in their trajectory. But there's more than just a declining stock market that's bedeviling the VC world right now. Numerous excesses from the boom of the last decade, including an influx of new money into the VC space, now have to be worked out. On this episode, we speak with Tyler Tringas, founder of the Calm Fund, about the excesses that now need to be paid back.

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