Chicago startup funding approaching 2000 levels: Will this time be different?

Here are a few slides on venture dollars raised and deals done in Chicago since 2007 and how this compares to 2000.

Mostly, this is terrific news. Chicago is attracting a much larger share of US venture capital than it used to:  roughly 3.5% in 2013 versus ~1% percent in most of the prior decade.

There are good reasons to believe this run will be different than 2000 (for Chicago and the whole US), but on the chance of another bust, startups need to plan ahead.

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