Startup valuations drop to lowest in four years as angel investors become increasingly cautious

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Startup valuations are rapidly dropping as angel investors become concerned about inflated rounds and a volatile market.

 

As the Wall Street Journal reports, the average valuation for a startup receiving funding from AngelList – a crowdfunding site for angel investors – has fallen to the lowest levels since early 2012.

 

The average quarterly valuation reached as high as $US4.9 million in 2015 but this number has dropped down to $US4.2 million.

 

The number of overall angel deals has also fallen by 16%, according to Dow Jones VentureSource data.

 

It seems angel investors hold similar concerns as many do regarding potentially over-priced unicorn startups, most of which experienced a difficult 2015 that forced many to slash private valuations after going public.

 

For the smaller startups, angel investors are increasingly wary of the difficulties of raising follow-on funding due to these high valuations.

 

But according to angel investor Bill Payne, smart founders will still find a way.

 

“Wise entrepreneurs who want to raise money are listening,” Payne told the WSJ.

 

 

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Denham Sadler is the editor of StartupSmart. He was previously a journalist at the publication and has worked as a freelancer for the Guardian, the Saturday Paper and the ABC. In his spare time he likes puns and jaffles.
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