How tech PR’s job changed in 2022

'If you don't have publicity, you can dehydrate, but if you have too much you can drown.'

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 person, think about their work and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha interviewed Vijay Chattha, a startup comms leader who has spent more than 20 years in the storytelling world. Chattha is the CEO and founder of VSC and founding partner of VSC Ventures, a $21 million investment vehicle to back startups. 

Here’s what we spoke about:

  • How his clients are reacting to the downturn in terms of their openness, vulnerability and general hunger to tell their story
  • The difference between pitching a VC and pitching a journalist (lol)
  • How startup’s goal with media coverage can sometimes inherently clash with the media’s goal to cover a startup (and why we disagree on the importance of disclosing valuations)
  • The best framework for the different types of media form out there, from Twitter to billboards to earned media
  • How the #MeToo movement impacted leadership styles and changed accountability for the better
  • If we’re getting closer to a more transparent ecosystem, or a more opaque one
  • And of course, we end with a lightning round — including but not limited to Chattha’s biggest pet peeve with journalists

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