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: 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.

TechCrunch+ roundup: YC demo days, pitching warm up drills, Kentucky’s Bitcoin miners

Clearly, demo days are a showcase for tech media, but how much value does this performative Silicon Valley tradition create for founders and investors?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Plaid’s staffing story, RevOps for B2B sales, demo day’s demise

There's no textbook-approved technique for building a startup engineering team: in the early days, everyone wears several hats.

TechCrunch+ roundup: PLG handbook, hiring early-stage sales teams, abolishing pro-rata

If investors don't deliver on their promise to add value for investors, why are pro-rata clauses standard terms?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Startup survival tips, content as a service, leading with transparency

Once investors started shaving value from high-flying stocks, it changed the game for early-stage valuations, says Navin Chaddha, managing partner at Mayfield.

TechCrunch+ roundup: eVTOL takes off, pivoting with agility, when to hire a lawyer

“Where’s my flying car?” is a staple of Gen X humor, since it reaffirms the cynical viewpoint that technology frequently fails to deliver on its lofty promises. Until recently, elect

TechCrunch+ roundup: Crypto tax prep, no-code survey, 4 VCs discuss how to pitch them

Even after due diligence, it’s still hard to determine exactly which kinds of deals an investor is looking for at the moment.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Tested TAM tips, no-code tech survey, writing crypto white papers

For most products, TAM is presented in nine figures or more, but when you're planning to disrupt a billion-dollar market, these numbers can create a lot of cognitive dissonance.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Box unfolds a surprise, robotics pitch tips, BNPL growing pains

Growth is good, but like the James Brown song, Klarna is paying the cost to be the boss.

TechCrunch+ roundup: 3 views on Epic-Bandcamp deal, SPAC letdown, CIO sales strategy

You are more likely to close a sale if you have actionable insights into your prospective customer’s needs. But for enterprise software startups, this presents a special problem.

TechCrunch+ roundup: No-code investor survey, Zendesk’s next steps, Series A tips

When we published our last low-code/no-code investor survey in August 2020, the former president had decided to ban TikTok and theaters around the U.S. were shuttering to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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