$28 billion in VC was deployed in first quarter — the most since 2006

Venture capitalists continue to write big checks to fewer startups.

According to a new data report from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), 1,683 venture-backed companies raised $28.2 billion in funding during the first quarter (1Q) of 2018. This is the highest amount of capital deployed in a single quarter since at least 2006.

It is also the fourth consecutive quarter where more than $20 billion has been deployed. The downside is that more than one-quarter of the total…

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