Acceleration Capital Group says that there were 1,113 new hedge funds in 2011 (and 775 funds liquidated). The increase in the number of supplicants has coincided with a 'decline in [the] traditional seed capital currently deployed by fewer dedicated seeders.'
It's the new asset manager's chicken/egg syndrome. You need a track record to get AUM, but you need AUM to get a track record. What's a new manager to do?
Funds of funds dominate the world of institutional investors in Day 1 or early stage (D1/ES) hedge funds, and they do so for a simple reason. That is their business model. They exist to invest in hedge funds, and their goal is to be fully invested at all times, not to have a lot of money sitting around as cash.