Funding winter’s coldest leg is yet to begin for Indian startups

Funding winter’s coldest leg is yet to begin for Indian startups

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Madhav Chanchani

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Madhav Chanchani

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The Crux newsletter this week. Unicorns made difficult calls like layoffs to survive the funding crunch of 2022. They will be hungry again in a few months, and that’s when reality will bite: investors are still not ready to sign big cheques

September 30, 2022

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There have been countless discussions on the startup funding winter, and everyone wants the script to change from bleak to bright. But the cold reality is that the real pain is yet to begin, for both unicorns and investors bankrolling them. 

In the funding boom of 2021, unicorns amassed cash across multiple rounds, expanding their teams and ambitions. That situation changed dramatically, and since the start of 2022, many have urgently slashed costs, measures that have included layoffs. 

The steps ensured that a number of high-burn unicorns have funds to survive the year. However, that’s not a long runway. Top venture-capital investors and entrepreneurs reckon that most of these companies will start hitting the market by early 2023. Will there be enough capital to go round?

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