With most of the high-profile social networking stocks (Facebook and Zynga, in particular) down in the public market, it's no wonder that some investors would have preferred to get in on the ground floor of a startup, rather than wait until it goes public. And, given the little capital it takes to start companies, it's more affordable for individuals to become angels to help in the funding process. Add into the mix the growing awareness of the startup-wealth possibilities (thanks to tech blogs and the movie The Startup Movie), it's no wonder it feels like everyone wants to be a founder and an angel, particularly in Silicon Valley.
So is there all this new money going into the seed stage creating a bubble? Or is there a systemic shift taking place in the way capital is being allocated? It's probably the latter, the panel believes.
If you missed the panel at Bullpen Capital and Vator's Venture Shift event, here's the video. On the panel were: Corey Reese from Ness and formerly a VC at Alsop Lewie, Jessica Alter from FounderDating, Rich Levandov from Avalon, Marcus Ogawa from Quest VP, and Dave Samuel from Freestyle Capital. The moderator was Matt Ocko from Data Collective.
For a great write-up on the panel, check out: It's not a seed bubble, it's a systemic economy shift.