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10 charts that explain the slowdown in venture capital since the start of 2015

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The first quarter of 2015 marked a slowdown in venture capital activity, in terms of both the number of deals and cumulative amount invested. But startups and venture capital firms aren’t exactly suffering.

Take a quick tour of the charts to see why.

Yes, the global figures show a pullback in activity.

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Funds in North America and Europe raised less money in the first quarter. But collectively, other regions around the world are bucking the trend.

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While there were fewer fundraising rounds overall, the median early- and late-stage rounds got bigger.

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This is especially true for seed-stage companies.

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The larger rounds are helping push startup valuations up across the board.

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What kinds of startups are attracting capital? Software, mostly.

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And software is busier than other sectors in terms of IPOs, acquisitions, and other exit strategies for early investors.

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Overall, there were fewer exits in the first quarter…

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…including a drop in IPOs.

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But acquisitions are proving to be just as important an exit strategy.

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