Unless you've been trekking in the Himalayas the past decade, you've noticed a big change in the nature of semiconductor and EDA startups. (And if you have been out wandering, welcome back! There's some cool new mobile technology you're going to want to know about).
Semiconductor and EDA startup companies are being funded differently, and, in a lot of cases, for a lot less than back in the day.
Venture investment in semiconductor startups, for example, is roughly half what it was in 2002. That's usually the mark of a maturing industry, yet ours not only matures but the technology gets more complex every year. That creates an unusual tension: Startups are developing amazing new technologies and need funding to do it, but just what level of funding?
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