The Latest from Rebecca Szkutak
SVB collapse spared an already muted venture deal market
The past year has been tough for startups and investors, but at least Silicon Valley Bank's downfall isn't likely to make it materially tougher.
Building Generative AI before it was cool with Angela Hoover from Andi
Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Angela Hoover, the co-founder and CEO of Andi, a program that uses generative AI to bring
How to use the secondary market to find clues about who will IPO first
Tracking secondary deals gives us insight into how investors are thinking about a company's valuation and exit timeline.
Making more mammoths with Ben Lamm from Colossal
Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Ben Lamm, the founder and CEO of Colossal, a genetics startup that looks to bring extinct
Emerging managers hope the new SVB offers the same support to new VCs
When it came to emerging managers, SVB went beyond just banking resources. These young VCs hope that support isn't lost.
CVCs remained consistent investors in 2022
While different than traditional VCs, CVCs offer a potentially stable source of capital for startups amid the current downturn.
Despite 2022’s volatility, VC funds performed better than you think
While it's unclear what the future will hold, funds near maturation were actually doing pretty well so far.
What does the collapse of SVB mean for venture debt?
Silicon Valley Bank was synonymous with venture debt to many but even if credit is harder to find, startups still have options.
New wave of VC funds show it’s time to rethink how many LPs is ‘too many’
More LPs means more organizational issues, but many firms see the benefit of having more backers. Others don't have a choice.
Talking trash with Matt Rogers from Mill
Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Matt Rogers, the founder and CEO of Mill, a startup that helps its customers turn their f
Tweet, tweet, pass: Twitter unlocks a budding growth opportunity for cannabis startups
Twitter is the first of the major social media companies to allow cannabis companies to advertise.
For female VCs, bias is a branding issue
More women in venture means that bias and strategic branding are increasingly more relevant for a larger fraction of check-writers.
Why hasn’t generative AI come up with something easier to say than ‘generative AI’?
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week Mary Ann Azevedo, Becca Szkutak and Alex Wilhelm gat
Biotech proved a surprisingly bright spot in 2022’s startup correction
While not totally immune to 2022's market correction, biotech fundraising proved to be more resilient than other sectors.
Modernizing 911 calls with Michael Chime from Found
Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Michael Chime, the co-founder and CEO of Prepared, a startup that allows 911 callers to s
Scooters and social media companies are surprising IPO candidates
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week Natasha Mascarenhas, Mary Ann Azevedo and Rebecca Sz
VCs should want to hold early-stage companies more accountable
If VCs hold their portfolio companies more accountable from the start, not only would it prevent future problems, but it would also likely help build better businesses.
Outsized seed rounds, neobanks and spicy M&A? Well hello, 2023
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week, Natasha Mascarenhas, Mary Ann Azevedo and Rebec
So that founder you backed turned out to be problematic. Now what?
Sometimes it's hard to predict how a founder will act down the road but there are steps VCs can take when a founder's behavior takes a turn.
Free Agency CEO seems to care more about control than the company, former employees say
According to former employees of human resources startup Free Agency, CEO Sherveen Mashayekhi’s leadership style is holding the startup back as he seems to care more about demanding loyalty and