Ram Iyer

Ram is a financial and tech reporter and editor. He covered North American and European M&A, equity, regulatory news and debt markets at Reuters and Acuris Global, and has also written about travel, tourism, entertainment and books.

The Latest from Ram Iyer

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS success stats, leveraging ad tech chaos, 2022 layoff trends

I remember the dread I felt as a startup worker during downturns when I read about mass layoffs at tech firms that had previously been considered ascendant.

TechCrunch+ roundup: CEO pregnancy checklist, decision-tree planning, reassessing valuations

It sounds counterintuitive, but in this environment, a lower valuation might help you retain and hire talented employees.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Non-dilutive biotech capital, long-term angel investing, WayRay’s $80M pitch deck

As a veteran startup worker who has been laid off during economic downturns, it's dissonant to hear investors say this is a good time to launch a software startup. They're not wrong, however.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Food tech smorgasbord, VCs squeeze crypto founders, startup layoffs 101

According to The Good Food Institute, fermentation startups received $290 million of the $911 million investors dropped on alternative protein companies in Q1 2022.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Climate tech survey, AI/ML marketing strategy, immigration law Twitter Space

It's difficult to build high-growth clean tech companies using venture capital. Despoiling the planet has a much higher return on investment than saving it.

TechCrunch+ roundup: 11 PLG tactics, addressing copycat stigma, ‘unicorn glut’ theory

Tech's rolling green meadows are seeing fewer new unicorns, but the slowing venture market suggests that past mega-deals are making it harder for early-stage startups to fundraise.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Optimizing dev teams, O-1A visa criteria, growth’s golden metric

If you've ghosted someone after extending a verbal offer of employment, that's going to be a consideration for future candidates. People talk!

TechCrunch+ roundup: Stripe vs. Plaid, IP litigation, what VCs really think about the downturn

If you work in a startup, here's some real talk: Your managers are not giving you the full picture of your company's financial situation.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Construction tech survey, founder-CEO friction, diversify your cap table

As you may have heard, tech companies are having a bit of a whoopsie.

TechCrunch+ roundup: DTC data strategy, starting up solo, insuretech growth versus risk

Fundraising is only one part of the journey. If you can't connect with an investor who'll help you find and fill in your gaps with regard to talent or expertise, you can't build a sustainable company.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Find your valuation, international visas, hiring for growth

If your face doesn't appear on the team slide in your company's pitch deck, this would be a good time to cancel your upcoming vacation. And maybe one of your subscription boxes.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Drive growth with Q5 data, BNPL investor survey, calculating CAC/LTV

Round sizes are getting smaller, but investors are raising their expectations: how fluent are you when it comes to your startup's key metrics?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Psychedelic investor survey, 6 issues VCs look for, hiring on a budget

If you can envision a solution that solves a customer's problem, it helps to have technical skills if you want to bring it to market. But that's not a requirement.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Immigration law Q&A, finding your problem, why a16z pitched Deel

This week, we're running several articles on entrepreneurship as TechCrunch staffers recap their conversations and panel discussions from our Early Stage event earlier this month. Stay tuned!

TechCrunch+ roundup: VC ‘bottom feeders,’ valuation calculator, think like an investor

Farmers don't get embarrassed when the price of corn drops; similarly, there's no reason for startup founders to lose their joy because publicly traded tech stocks are undercutting their valuations.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Musk’s Twitter bid, European cannabis survey, borrowing against NFTs

The U.S. is the world’s largest cannabis market, but as more European countries consider legalizing recreational use, investors are looking for opportunities in production, distribution and retail.

TechCrunch+ roundup: The Kindbody TC-1, Glossier’s mistakes, calculating startup runway

With a focus on education that addresses the fragmentation associated with infertility care, Kindbody is growing at a remarkable pace, but it's also helping many patients feel seen and heard for the f

The Kindbody TC-1

It’s telling of our maturity as a society that infertility is a concept approached with awkwardness and uncertainty.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Psychedelic biotech, Gogoro’s SPAC, H-1Bs for Ukrainians

You may not have heard of Amadeus, but if you've taken a trip, you've probably interacted with its tech stack.

TechCrunch+ roundup: ‘Valuation reset,’ spiking crypto losses, US insurtech meltdown

Has it ever been your responsibility to tell someone else that their job has been eliminated? I have, and it's one of the most difficult things I've ever done at work.
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