More money doesn’t mean more growth, and other startup myths

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, fresh off of a reunion that included pasta and green rooms, Natasha and Alex asked: What are some startup assumptions that get it wrong?

The question comes after one of Natasha’s recent Startups Weekly column, “Let’s stop pretending there are silos in startup land.” In the piece, which was teased out in her newsletter, she talked about how separations between late-stage and early-stage companies aren’t as ironclad as investors may try to sell. Of course, that spiraled into an op-ed about what other startup notions we have, and the difference between a silo and a semblance of one.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

You don’t need to be a web3 company to benefit from the growing mindshare around decentralization and alternative assets; just like you don’t need to be an angel investor to adopt the idea that your advice is worthy of equity in a company; and, as I’ve hopefully shown above, you don’t need to be a late-stage company to refocus on and prioritize profitability.

Our podcast continues the conversation, getting into five specific myths that we’re about ready to bust. I won’t ruin what we specifically get into, but phrases like “Web 2.5” and “IPO pricing” and “poetry magazines” certainly make an appearance. It’s the perfect episode for people starting out in tech, or folks who are in the mood to unlearn some of their assumptions.

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