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: 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.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Save your equity, LatAm crypto survey, where the runway ends

Beware: The same people who welcomed you aboard when you signed your offer letter are now looking for places to save money so they can keep your company afloat.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Pricing strategy, technical due diligence, pitch deck appendix fever

Unlike soft drinks, startups are not a volume business, which means they must revisit their pricing models regularly.

M13’s Karl Alomar: 6 strategies for leading startups through a downturn

"It's actually significantly more difficult to produce the right type of company that's going to get an active round of investment right now."

TechCrunch+ roundup: Abortion ban’s hiring impact, 3 e-commerce trends, how to pivot a startup

The Bay Area long ago lost its monopoly on launching disruptive technology, but startups based in states that ban abortion are at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting talent.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Overinflated valuations, equity crowdfunding, SCOTUS v. climate tech

All valuations are hypothetical, so bear that in mind the next time you're reviewing an offer letter.

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS success stats, leveraging ad tech chaos, 2022 layoff trends

I remember the dread I felt as a startup worker during downturns when I read about mass layoffs at tech firms that had previously been considered ascendant.

TechCrunch+ roundup: CEO pregnancy checklist, decision-tree planning, reassessing valuations

It sounds counterintuitive, but in this environment, a lower valuation might help you retain and hire talented employees.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Non-dilutive biotech capital, long-term angel investing, WayRay’s $80M pitch deck

As a veteran startup worker who has been laid off during economic downturns, it's dissonant to hear investors say this is a good time to launch a software startup. They're not wrong, however.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Downturn strategy, recycling startup boom, better board meetings

Because the stakes are so high, we’re only interested in posts offering actionable advice that are written by authors who have experience working under adverse economic circumstances.

Write a TechCrunch+ guest post that could help someone navigate this downturn

No "thought leadership," please: We’re only interested in posts offering actionable advice that were written by authors who have experience working under adverse economic circumstances.
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