“It’s a Trap!” Or, the Myth of the Mid-Stage Round

By Scott Lenet

Nearly half of Series C rounds were flat or down in the third quarter of 2016, prompting the industry refrain that “flat is the new up” and implying that entrepreneurs should be happy with the current state of affairs. Happy or not, entrepreneurs seem to recognize the new reality, with two-thirds of CEOs admitting that they believe the balance of power is shifting from entrepreneurs to VCs, according to the State of Startups survey from First Round.

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