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: 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.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Food tech smorgasbord, VCs squeeze crypto founders, startup layoffs 101

According to The Good Food Institute, fermentation startups received $290 million of the $911 million investors dropped on alternative protein companies in Q1 2022.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Climate tech survey, AI/ML marketing strategy, immigration law Twitter Space

It's difficult to build high-growth clean tech companies using venture capital. Despoiling the planet has a much higher return on investment than saving it.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth marketing survey, VC TikTok, fundraising amid a downturn

If your name doesn’t appear on the team slide of your company’s pitch deck, this is a time to be cautious: Update your resume, dial back your vacation plans and start adding to your rainy day fund

TechCrunch+ roundup: 11 PLG tactics, addressing copycat stigma, ‘unicorn glut’ theory

Tech's rolling green meadows are seeing fewer new unicorns, but the slowing venture market suggests that past mega-deals are making it harder for early-stage startups to fundraise.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Optimizing dev teams, O-1A visa criteria, growth’s golden metric

If you've ghosted someone after extending a verbal offer of employment, that's going to be a consideration for future candidates. People talk!

TechCrunch+ roundup: Cannabis investor survey, product ops, recurring revenue financing

The cannabis industry is doing well in the United States: Over 75% of the population lives in a state where access is permitted, and the legal market is expected to generate $33 billion this year.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Stripe vs. Plaid, IP litigation, what VCs really think about the downturn

If you work in a startup, here's some real talk: Your managers are not giving you the full picture of your company's financial situation.

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!
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