Is the window of opportunity closed already?

October 11, 2008 at 10:41 am (ruby) (, , )

I found at Giles Bowkett’s blog a link to a Silicon Alley Insider article titled “Sorry, Startups: Party’s Over”

It quotes

The message is simple. Raising capital will be much more difficult now.

You should lower your “burn rate” to raise at least 3-6 months or more of funding via cost reductions, even if it means staff reductions and reduced marketing and G&A expenses. This is the equivalent to “raising an internal round” through cost reductions to buy you more time until you need to raise money again; hopefully when fund raising is more feasible. Letting go of staff is hard and often gut wrenching. A re-evaluation of timelines and re-focus on milestones with the eye of doing more with less will allow you to live many more days, and the name of the game in this environment in some respects is survival–survival until conditions change.

UPDATE:
ReadWriteWeb reports about starts of layoffs. Sky is not falling, but earthquake is in horizon.

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