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January 20, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Crunchbase News shares thoughts on 2022; the annual “Investor Outlook” series begins Monday

U.S. venture capital (VC)-backed companies raised nearly $330 billion in 2021, nearly double the previous record of $166.6 billion raised in 2020, according to the Q4 2021 “PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor.”

In a Crunchbase News post earlier this week, Senior Reporter Chris Metinko wrote, “Last year saw seismic changes brought about by the likes of large hedge funds such as Tiger Global and Coatue pouring money into venture-backed start-ups and spiking valuations. It also saw some legacy players change the way they play the venture game, including Sequoia Capital’s plans to change its fund structure. Some of those same trends will help shape venture in 2022, as well as the public market response to the pandemic and inflation, a growing reliance on data, and even a change in a VC’s workday, according to those in the industry.”

Beginning Monday, we share the views of a panel of investors in East Tennessee start-ups on everything from the strength of the ecosystem to their thoughts on 2022 and beyond. It is a multi-part series that will post over the next two weeks.


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