Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson

Senior Editor, 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: Construction tech survey, founder-CEO friction, diversify your cap table

As you may have heard, tech companies are having a bit of a whoopsie.

TechCrunch+ roundup: DTC data strategy, starting up solo, insuretech growth versus risk

Fundraising is only one part of the journey. If you can't connect with an investor who'll help you find and fill in your gaps with regard to talent or expertise, you can't build a sustainable company.

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: Creating financial models, UiPath’s plummet, pitch deck pro tips

Did UiPath's valuation get hit by the same shrink ray affecting other software companies, or are other factors at work?

Hiring top startup talent on a budget during the Great Resignation

Greylock Partner Glen Evans: “I'm not saying you should overpay or anything like that, but you've got to invest in the earliest hires.“

TechCrunch+ roundup: Finding product-market fit, pitch deck teardown, getting into YC

"Trust me with what you don’t know or what’s not working," says GV investing partner Freerique Dame, "because once we invest, we’re going to have to work on this stuff anyway."

GV’s Frederique Dame on product-market fit: ‘You have one chance at a good experience’

"Understanding the user journey of your customers, and what you're doing with your product is really, really important,” said Frederique Dame. “Be obsessive and talk to customers as much as you ca

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: Churn rate basics, BNPL fraud, fundraising IP checklist

The venture capital market is slowing down, which means early-stage founders are chasing a smaller pool of money. We asked VCs to name a pro forma pitch practice they think founders should retire.

Submit your questions for a TechCrunch+ Twitter Space with immigration law attorney Sophie Alcorn

If you're a startup worker or founder who has questions about living and working legally in the U.S., please join this upcoming Twitter Space with immigration law attorney Sophie Alcorn.

How to pitch me: 6 investors discuss what they’re looking for in April 2022

Smaller seed rounds mean shorter runways, so partnering with an investor who actually understands your business well enough to add value is critical.

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

Mayfield’s Arvind Gupta discusses startup fundraising during a downturn

"It's important as an investor to be extremely humble, because we're going to be wrong a lot. I have this phrase that I use all the time: knowledge competes with imagination."

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?
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