All the @ replies I got to this were "You're crazy, it's way easier now." And I agree that it is both more acceptable to start a company and that there is more access to capital.
But I still think it is harder now, particularly for first-time entrepreneurs, because there are now accepted routes and strategies for how to create a company. An entire credentialing system now exists that didn't before that increases your early chances of being noticed. There is a wider range of experts (people who've had some previous success) telling you what you should do.
I think it's easier for young entrepreneurs to get wrapped around the axle of "I guess this is how it's done." Whereas before there was less presumed clarity about how to start.