ChartHop CEO Ian White breathed a major sigh of relief in late January after his cloud software startup raised a $20 million funding round. He'd started the process six months earlier during a brutal period for tech stocks and a plunge in venture funding.
For ChartHop's prior round in 2021, it took White less than a month to raise $35 million. The market turned against him in a hurry.
«There was just a complete reversal of the speed at which investors were willing to move,» said White, whose company sells cloud technology used by human resources departments.
Whatever comfort White was feeling in January quickly evaporated last week. On March 16 — a Thursday — ChartHop held its annual revenue kickoff at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona. As White was speaking in front of more than 80 employees, his phone was blowing up with messages.
White stepped off stage to find hundreds of panicked messages from other founders about Silicon Valley Bank, whose stock was down more than 60% after the firm said it was trying to raise billions of dollars in cash to make up for deteriorating deposits and ill-timed investments in mortgage-backed securities.
Startup executives were scrambling to figure out what to do with their money, which was locked up at the 40-year-old firm long known as a linchpin of the tech industry.
«My first thought, I was like, 'this is not like FTX or something,'» White said of the cryptocurrency exchange thatimploded late last year. «SVB is a very well-managed bank.»
But a bank run was on, and by Friday SVB had been seized by regulators in the second-biggest bank failure in U.S. history. ChartHop banks with JPMorgan Chase, so the company didn't have direct exposure to the collapse. But WhiteRead more on cnbc.com