Party rounds are either the dinner party of your dreams or the one where no one shows up

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, along with Alex‘s help, Natasha asked: Who should be raising party rounds? 

The episode was inspired by Natasha’s recent Startups Weekly column, “When the party has confetti but no allergen-friendly appetizers” and the companion TechCrunch+ piece with Anita, “Investment clubs are cool again, and maybe community is, too.”

Here’s what we got into:

  • The definition of party rounds, boundaries and the fact that we don’t entirely agree on if there needs to be a lead or nah.
  • How has party round funding changed? What place do they hold in the ecosystem?
  • Is this vehicle better for experienced founders versus first-time founders?
  • The pros and cons of each side.

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