U.S. venture capital investing down

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Arlington, Va.--U.S. venture capital firms invested $19.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2000, down about 31% from the third quarter, according to information released by the National Venture Capital Association. The figures are significant because they confirm something that many b-to-b entrepreneurs seeking funding have suspected-that venture capitalists are growing increasingly reluctant to invest. Notably, however, U.S. venture capitalists are hoarding some $35 billion of cash, presumably waiting for the markets to recover before they put it to use.
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