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: 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.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Climate tech survey, sex tech strategy, startup advisor compensation

For our latest survey, we contacted 14 investors who are active in climate tech. Beyond sharing their investment thesis, they also let us know what they’re looking for and how they measure success.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Fintech investor survey, data-driven fundraising, VC scouting jobs

The public markets may have cooled on fintechs in recent months, but for entrepreneurs who are still considering starting up, “outlook good,” says the Magic 8 Ball.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Investor warning signs, China’s AV frenzy, 2022 insurtech trends

I'm guessing former Peloton CEO John Foley is unfamiliar with Aesop's fable about the grasshopper and the ant.

TechCrunch+ roundup: After the exit, starting up in stealth, Wag’s SPAC plans

Startups do not have a great survival rate. Nine out of ten will fail, and those that persist will likely need at least three to four years to become profitable.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Stealth recruiting, virtual sales kickoffs, Google Cloud’s Q4

“You’ve got to spend money to make money” is a cliché, but if you’re building a company that hopes to compete in the cloud, it’s just a fact.

TechCrunch+ roundup: 3 customer experiments, Citrix-Tibco merger, building fundraising momentum

Early-stage startups that hope to refine their value proposition and triangulate target users can't sit back and wait for customer intelligence to just roll in.

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2021 edtech report, UBS-Wealthfront deal, falling startup revenue

I could spend hours discussing early-stage startup operations and community-based marketing, but deal flow is my blind spot.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Zero-day exploits, breaking into Japan, algorithmic VC investing

We work with contributors to develop guest posts that will help TechCrunch+ readers solve actual problems, so it's always a delight to present a comprehensive "how to" article.

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2022 VC predictions, how to hook an angel, product advisory councils

Well-researched personas are useful, but nothing is better than talking to a customer if you want to understand what delights them — and what they're willing to pay for.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Allocating equity, unicorn traffic jam, blockchain gaming survey

We'll be off on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Cell-cultured meat, alternative financing, avoiding tech debt

You don't need to be a scientist to understand the impacts of factory farming: if you've driven past the cattle feedlot in Coalinga, CA, the smell travels for miles.

TechCrunch+ roundup: VC advice for CEOs, 2022 e-commerce trends, OpenSea’s valuation

This is a fantastic time to launch a startup, but if you're trying to grow one — well, winter is coming.

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2022 enterprise predictions, Justworks IPO, startup theses to watch for

If you add a sizzling hot take to Twitter beef, you might end up with some delicious news analysis.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Web3 investor survey, conversational UX, ‘insane IPO pops’

“I never met a skeptical investor who actually understood what was going on. If you get it, you’re probably strapped in and ready to go."

TechCrunch+ roundup: Less VC for SV, 2022 marketing predictions, GTM research strategies

The fact that the Bay Area's share of startup funding is shrinking shouldn't be cause for alarm — it's good news for the entire country.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Credit Karma post-exit, recruiting developers, re:Invent recap

The very day in Feb. 2020 that Credit Karma planned to announce that it had been acquired by Intuit for over $7 billion, the stock market tanked, spooked by news that a virus could start a pandemic.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Jack leaves Twitter, Black Friday data, Nubank lowers IPO pricing

Perhaps it should be pro forma for corporate boards in search of a new CEO to start by talking to the company’s longtime engineers, product managers and marketing leads.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Why your title matters, part-time CFOs, Sequoia’s new model

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., we won't be publishing on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26.
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