Rebecca Szkutak

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7 first-time funds see an advantage in entering a downturn without a large portfolio

Last year saw a record 270 first-time funds close, which means there are almost 300 new managers who raised their fund in a bull market and are now deploying it in very different market conditions.

7 first-time fund managers detail how they’re preparing to thrive during the downturn

Who will fare better in the current venture downturn? Will it be legacy investors with years of experience and sizable portfolios to worry about or emerging managers starting with a clean slate?

Ulta Beauty launches a fund, showcasing the resilience of corporate venture capital

Ulta is just the latest corporate venture fund. The Home Depot, Chipotle, AmerisourceBergen and Booz Allen Hamilton also announced funds this year, bringing a total of $450 million to the table.

US startups seeking funds shouldn’t overlook financing from the government

While cash from Uncle Sam may not be top of mind for startups, SBA loans can provide low-cost capital.

US Southeast surges ahead as other regions see VC funding decline

There are bright spots in U.S. VC investing, one of which being the Southeast region, which is on track for its best year yet.

VCs and founders alike say investors should fold reproductive rights into ESG standards

In the post-Roe era, some VC investors and founders believe the social definition of ESG investing should expand to incorporate pressing human rights issues such as reproductive healthcare.

Every startup wants an extension round, but there aren’t enough to go around

As venture funding slows, founders are scrambling to extend their runways, regardless of how much cash they already have. But the startups that need the cash most are running into the most trouble.

Record VC fundraising isn’t necessarily good news for first-time fund managers

VC firms are holding on to their checkbooks as the investment market slows to a crawl, but fund managers are taking advantage of the lull to fill up their coffers to the point of overflowing.

The next decade for health tech may look a lot like the last decade for fintech

Will healthcare startups tap into new regulatory guidelines with the same fervor that fintech founders have over the last decade?

Canvas Medical, ‘the Tesla of EMRs,’ raises a $24 million Series B round

When Andrew Hines started Canvas Medical in 2015 he couldn’t have predicted that telehealth would go from niche to norm or that a pandemic would inspire entrepreneurs to launch a new fleet of di

Roe’s reversal will shake up how startups are built

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 to

Battle of the bridge: Startups struggle to secure runway financing

Despite the venture capital asset class sitting on historic levels of dry powder, many investors aren’t deploying it, leaving their portfolio companies scrambling for financing. Venture funding

Conscience VC raises oversubscribed fund for consumer companies rooted in science

Ariana Thacker likes to say that science was her first love and startups were her second. Now, she gets to combine the two into a thesis for her new venture firm, Conscience VC. Thacker’s passio

Roe reversal weighs heavily on emerging tech cities in red states

The recent increase in conservative legislation and political division could affect the tech landscape, deterring workers from migrating to these hubs and causing an exodus of talent from red states.

Equity crowdfunding appears immune to market volatility, on track for its best year yet

With the fundraising climate now showing cloudy skies, equity crowdfunding is getting ready for a field day.

Understanding the not-so-fine print of 2022 term sheets

This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha asked: What’s in the fine print for term sheets these days, and wha

A second wave of consumer BNPL startups is taking the model to new markets

While these services could help consumers access pricey necessities — in the case of health or childcare — is it really a good idea for consumers to start paying off even more in installments?

Deal terms look different in a downturn. Here’s what to watch out for

The last decade has been pretty friendly to startup founders at the deal table. Who needs dilution protection when the market is steadily going up and to the right?

Venture funding in Europe is declining faster than in the US — but causing much less panic

The U.S. has seen monthly funding drop 36.7% through the end of May, while Europe saw a decline of 50% in the same period. But it doesn't feel like the European market is in nearly as much of a panic.

DX exits stealth mode looking to help developer teams be more productive

DX is now emerging from stealth with 5,000 developer teams from companies including Chime and Upwork on board.
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