The speed with which a new, unprofitable company is spending its initial funding whether from investors or from an IPO. In the world of high-speed high tech, the burn rate is carefully monitored to determine how long the company has to live.
A measure of how quickly a company will exhaust its cash or available liquidity, used frequently in the venture capital industry. Burn rate is calculated by taking the total amount of cash on hand and dividing it by the monthly expenditures to see how many months the company could stay in business. The term was often used during the Internet boom.
(figuratively) The speed at which a resource, especially cash, is consumed.