If you're actually interested in working for / founding a startup this should be good news to you. You'll need all the competitive advantages you can find, and using a better language with a better community backing it up could be yours! Let those suckers re-invent the wheel with Ruby, you can be riding to the finish in style with Perl.
in reply to Have you heard about recent startups using Perl?
Personally I can't get too excited about startups - there's nothing quite like seeing all your code go to /dev/null when the money runs out to take the fun out of a project... And don't even get me started about stock options!