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: The end of free money, how to forecast NRR, slashing SaaS spending

If you ask three different people whether we're in a recession, you could easily get three different answers.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Cash management basics, proptech investor survey, visa interview prep

A startup that lacks a cash management program is like a car with a blinking fuel light: how far can you travel with the fuel in your reserve tank?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Fundraising under scrutiny, optimizing LTV, visa bulletin update

The idea that there's a "good" time to launch a startup is just a bedtime story investors tell founders.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Attention metrics, growth through retention, cold-calling advice

Sending cold emails to investors isn't a terrible idea — as long as you've done your research first.

TechCrunch+ roundup: TAM takedown, green card layoffs, when to ignore investor advice

In business, if someone offers you free advice, it's probably for their own benefit.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Bootstrapping basics, fintech’s future, tech employers gain advantage

Are you planning to play League of Legends during your next investor pitch? (If so, reading this probably isn’t a good use of your time.)

TechCrunch+ roundup: H-1B worker advice, managing remote teams, pitch deck teardown

"The American dream is still really important to immigrants. They still want what America represents and they're going to reevaluate their relationship with Big Tech and the nature of work."

Answers for H-1B workers who’ve been laid off (or think they might be)

When an H-1B worker loses their job, a loud clock starts clicking: unless they can land a new position or change their immigration status within 60 days, they are required to leave the country.

TechCrunch+ roundup: H-1B worker layoffs, cyber-risk quantification, SaaS whiplash

Brace yourself: more layoffs are coming. Update your resume, save as much money as you can, and most importantly — don’t panic.

TechCrunch+ roundup: TAM tough love, ‘building in public,’ 6 key SaaS metrics

Santa Claus makes a list and checks it twice. Can your e-commerce startup make the same claim this holiday season?

What investors really think about the TAM slide in your pitch deck

"If the founder has that deep personal connection and is willing to put what it takes to take it to those next few levels, that's where the TAM starts to look exciting.”

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2022 R&D tax prep, social media for founders, managing remote teams

Is there a correlation between being extremely online and a founder’s ability to fundraise?

TechCrunch+ roundup: Fundraising beyond the Bay Area, web3 gaming, TDD prep checklist

San Francisco is no longer the center of the startup universe, and it hasn’t been for a while.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Technical due diligence, web3’s promise, how to hire well

Too often, startup recruiting resembles scenes from heist movies where the characters are putting a crew together.

TechCrunch+ roundup: PLG and enterprise sales, SaaS pricing strategy, OPT options

After staging our first TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco in three years, Slack is much quieter than usual this morning.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Layoffs and H1-B visas, SaaS growth levers, blockchain startup tips

Boosting expansion revenue, particularly during a downturn, will impress the hell out of your potential investors.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth hacking real talk, RPA market slowdown, AI and IP

IMO, “growth hacking" is a sloppy way to describe the iterative work required to fine-tune marketing campaigns and systems.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Green card sponsorships, startup prenups, agtech VC survey

Nearly anything can tear a co-founder relationship asunder. I have observed partnerships go sour over funding disputes, product pipelines, and in one case, a bad experience at Burning Man.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Edtech market map, robotics fundraising, getting started with FinOps

Clayton Bryan, head of 500 Global’s accelerator fund, says demo days are still key for founders and investors, even if they're held virtually.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Insurtech investor survey, H-1B red flags, SaaS sales coaching

A strong sales organization is the tip of the spear for every SaaS startup, but because so few founders have meaningful experience in this arena, they don't know how to set their teams up for success.
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