Figures released by VentureSource indicate venture capital firms cut investments in IT companies by 40 percent to $2.18 billion in the fourth quarter, their worst level in a decade.
IT Venture capital dropped to $11.64 billion for all of 2008, down 14.5 percent from the previous year, according to VentureSource. During the past year, IT investments posted growth in the first quarter and a slight decline in the second, but significantly dropped off in the second part of the year, VentureSource said.
Software companies, which continue to capture the largest slice of IT venture investments, dropped 16.4 percent during the year, to $4.73 billion in funding.
Venture investments in communications and networking start-ups fell 32.3 percent to $1.68 billion in 2008, while investments in semiconductors dropped 23.5 percent to $1.25 billion year over year. Electronics and computer companies, meanwhile, saw venture investments fall 15.5 percent over the previous year, reaching $1.31 billion.