Brace for 2023


I accurately forecasted the tech crash globally and in SE Asia earlier in 2021 (although I was a quarter late (Q3 2022)- I did not predict the the war). The tech industry has seen a major downturn in 2022 due to various macroeconomic factors like rising inflation, interest rates hikes, and geopolitical tensions. While the timing of my prediction was slightly off, the rationale behind the forecast was sound.

The next softer correction is expected in Q3/Q4 2023 due to declining late 2022/early 2023 funding and disparity between performance and valuations. Venture capital funding in tech startups peaked in 2021 and has been declining ever since. At the same time, the valuations of many private tech companies remain very high relative to their performance and growth. This disconnect is unsustainable and will likely lead to a downward valuation adjustment for many startups.

To safeguard your investments and your own startups, consult with trusted advisors, investors, and shareholders on your business growth, projections, and capitalisation strategy. Startup founders and investors should review financial projections and valuation models to ensure they are grounded in realistic expectations for growth and performance. Companies should also evaluate their capital needs and options for meeting those needs if VC funding continues to slow down (this slow down will stretch till end of 2023). Plans may need to be made for extending runway, cutting costs, and pursuing alternative funding sources. There will be instances where existing investors may force strategic options to even cease operations and return capital, be mindful of the rationale and use data and evidence to help with your decision making.

Brace for impact from end of Q2. The effects of reduced funding and more cautious investor sentiment will start to be felt more acutely toward the end of the second quarter of 2023 and into the third quarter. Startups and investors should prepare now for this changing landscape to avoid being caught off guard.

Stay alert.