For entrepreneurs with an idea, it’s never been easier to attract seed money and launch a business, reports the New Yorker.

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Venture capitalists and crowdfunding put money into more than 1,700 tech startups in 2012—more than three times the number of investments made in 2009, says the New Yorker.

But getting a business to thrive hasn’t become any easier. Though more companies are being launched, more companies are failing too. Studies indicate that while entrepreneurs are generally as risk-averse as the rest of the population, they’re overconfident when it comes to their ability to make their business work.

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