Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson

Managing Editor, Contributions, TC+

Senior Editor Walter Thompson edits staff and guest articles for TechCrunch+ and manages TechCrunch’s guest contributor program.

Previously, he worked at a number of startups in various roles and as City Editor of Hoodline. He is the host of The Golden City, a podcast about San Francisco.

The Latest from Walter Thompson

TechCrunch+ roundup: LatAm startup strength, global chip shortage, Visa Bulletin update

The Dobbs decision affected more than healthcare and privacy:will capital and talent flee U.S. states that restrict reproductive rights?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Due diligence roadmap, employment law basics, YC’s Michael Seibel

There’s no nice way to say this: when it comes to onboarding new employees, most early-stage startups are either inept or uninterested.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth activation metrics, 3 keys to Series B, pitch deck teardown

The investors I’ve spoken to recently are still open to good ideas, but when they come from founders who are already working toward product-market fit, it boosts their confidence.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Dotcom crash history lessons, post-M&A strategies, climate tech heats up

Today at noon PT/3 pm ET, Anna Barber, partner at M13, will join us on a Twitter Space to talk about how today's startup operators can avoid many of the missteps founders made in past downturns.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Slashing churn rates, visa side hustles, YC S22 Demo Day faves

I'm doing two Twitter Spaces on Tuesday, September 13: Bring your comments and questions!

TechCrunch+ roundup: Fighting fundraising fears, XaaS CS strategy, the ‘collapse’ of VC

At the risk of invoking the “do you even lift?” meme: every process inside your organization can be improved, and founders need to make gains wherever possible.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Gen Z VCs, choosing a GTM model, crypto crisis communication tips

To be clear: Most investors want to say “yes.” No one becomes a venture capitalist just so they can stomp on someone’s dreams.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Why you should go APE, H-1B lottery tips, how to check references

All schadenfreude aside: learning from our own mistakes is useful, but learning from someone else's is optimal.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Shame-free down rounds, checkout flow tune-up, SaaS tsunami

Seriously: If you're not working to calibrate every system you have, you're just leaving money on the table.

TechCrunch+ roundup: How VC really works, longevity investor survey, choosing your angel

“Venture capital” is semantically equivalent to “dangerous money,” which is part of its mystique.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Usage-based billing, web3 fundraising, Serena Williams’ next act

Netflix lost almost a million subscribers in the last quarter, and it expects to shed hundreds of thousands more this year. Does that mean consumers are suffering from "subscription fatigue?"

TechCrunch+ roundup: Down-funnel growth metrics, RIF planning, is e-commerce aggregation over?

It’s hard to argue with the proverb “measure twice and cut once,” especially when it comes to laying off employees.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Bridge round bingo, SaaS sales smarts, tracking monthly expenses

"If you can frame your product as a way to boost revenue or cut costs, people will find a budget."

TechCrunch+ roundup: Revisit your marketing stack, pitch deck teardown, after the acquisition

Marketing can’t cure everything that ails a company, but it is the easiest channel to make iterative changes that produce immediate results.

TechCrunch+ roundup: SBA startup loans, quarterly board decks, bootstrappers’ delight

There's one bright light amidst the gloom: Startups that generate enough revenue to drive steady growth will find many investors willing to take their calls.

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS burn multiples, 8 fintech VCs spill the tea, all my apes gone

If Andy Warhol were alive today, would he be minting NFTs of Campbell's Soup cans?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Bridge round scarcity, resilient e-commerce, CVC negotiating tips

Founders who are hunting for an extension round in this market should remember why there was only enough room for Rose on the door at the end of "Titanic."

3 views on Amazon’s $3.9B acquisition of One Medical

After it was rumored to be in play earlier this month, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that One Medical has found a new home. After a torrid public offering, the value of the American consumer

TechCrunch+ roundup: Early-stage fundraising revisited, fractional hiring, HR tech boom

Right now, it will take longer to raise less money that will value your company lower than you hoped. But if you’re launching a startup aiming to get rich, you’re already on the wrong track.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Convertible note fundraising, fintech’s falloff, how to mark-to-market

If your company is on the cusp of an opportunity, convertible note financing could be a way forward, but only if you have a realistic valuation — and a plan to reach it.
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