What type of tree you wish to plant?
I have seen multiple investors who wish a very rapid investment return from innovation. This is simply not possible as innovation needs acceptance and then it grows.
So what really happened was all who stopped thinking of innovation, invested in copy-cat models and some got huge returns, many failed and then the investors cribbed that the startup ecosystem is not conductive enough.
What happened to the fruits (startups)
They were never ripe fruits in first place, it was like selling a half ripe fruit like GRAPE to someone and obviously you will have bitter taste. you failed to realize GRAPE VINE itself takes 2 years for yielding fruits. Analyze the costs yourselves and Investors will realize themselves where we are failing. We should not invest in startups but invest in STOCK if you want things to happen too soon.
That GRAPE vine will yield minimum 30 years, if maintained properly.
What happened to the individuals who invested maybe in something like a MANGO tree (UNICORNS)
They had that patience for minimum 8 years, to collectively grow it, without any greed to exit and results are there for everyone.