With the stock market in flux, do tech startups stand a chance when it comes to luring investors? To find out, we polled GigaOM readers on what’s hot, what’s not, which sectors might favor buyouts versus IPOs and how it all will change in the near and longer term. This research note examines and analyzes the survey’s responses to take the pulse of the current tech startup investment environment. Overall, optimism prevailed — but not without a healthy dose of caution. Companies mentioned in this report include Tumblr, Airbnb, Groupon and Zynga. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.