The Dark Side of the Funding Boom: Skimpy Due Diligence, Burnout

Eye-popping valuations. Mega rounds. Lawyers so busy they’re turning away clients. It may seem like the greatest moment in history to be a venture capitalist, founder or one of the many service providers that caters to startups.

But a grim reality underlies the pace of such a frenetic market: burnout. Many venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, recruiters and others in the startup industry say they are experiencing unprecedented workloads, with fewer respites between deals to catch their breath. Investors are scrimping on due diligence. And extreme fatigue is making it harder for startups to retain employees, while the scramble to hire replacements is helping to push up salaries.

“There’s a lot of exhaustion, for sure,” said Eric Bahn, co-founder of seed investment firm Hustle Fund. “It just feels unsustainable.”

Who's impacted the most? Female and minority founders of course are most negatively impacted by the current innovation and incubation of ideas process. As funds can't perform due diligence fast enough they often resort to their "old" networks of founders they have previously invested in just because they know them.