I’ve always thought that if you really want to know what’s going on with the economy, you should look to the people who study companies hardest and make the riskiest investments—venture capitalists.

Thus, I find it interesting that a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers and National Venture Capital Association study (as reported by Associated Press) found that venture capitalists poured less money into U.S. start-ups in the third quarter of 2010 and split this among more companies, “signaling that investors are trying to be more economical with their funds.”

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