Grossly underreported?

Bambi Francisco Roizen · May 16, 2007 · Short URL:

During the bubble years -- 1999-2000 - it wasn't uncommon for napkin ideas to get funded. In 1999, 250 venture-backed companies went public. So, it was surprising to see that despite all the easy-money circumstances back in the Kool-Aid-inebriated years, only 38% of the 4,757 companies that received venture funding went out of business. One would think it would be more like 90%. But perhaps it's just the case that people only like to share the good news, but not the bad. 


In other stats released about the bubble years, in 1999-2000, about 2.7%, or 128, out of 4,757 VC-funded companies went public, according to Dow Jones' research unit, VentureOne. Last year, 416 VC-backed companies were acquired, while 56 went public.


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Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder and CEO of Vator, a media and research firm for entrepreneurs and investors; Managing Director of Vator Health Fund; Co-Founder of Invent Health; Author and award-winning journalist.

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