In working with startup CEOs one of the most important discussion points is raising money. To be able to effectively understand the market for venture capital, one has to do a bit of study on the subject.
Luckily, there are a number of great sources out there. One of them is PitchBook which publishes something called the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor. It is worth a read.
A couple of things caught my eye. First is that the money flow continues at record levels. More money and a consistently high level of deals. Good news.