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: SaaS pricing strategies, 2022 open source report, can Vine regrow?

Should Twitter’s developers rebuild Vine from scratch, or can they dust off the old code and turn it back on?

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS spending squeeze, tax time tips, freemium frameworks

Finding meaningful ways to slash spending can extend your runway and even stave off layoffs in the long run.

TechCrunch+ roundup: No-code MVP strategy, hiring under scrutiny, A/B growth testing

Despite the myth, sharks don’t need to keep swimming to keep breathing. Early-stage startups, on the other hand, are not so fortunate.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Deep tech fundraising, negative trade secrets, 3 metrics investors love

You can’t create a magic plan to save your startup — there are simply too many factors outside of your control.

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2023 unicorn slump, global VC slowdown, email marketing 101

The hunt is already on for another mythical animal that best represents startup attainment in a down market, like "ARRmadillo."

TechCrunch+ roundup: Space tech predictions, startup IP strategy, finding feasible funding

Do you have IP counsel? Does your app have a UX protection strategy? Have you ever conducted an audit?

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2022 stock options report, pivot to SaaS, crypto investor survey

If or when you get laid off, there's a chance that a TechCrunch reporter will find out before you do.

TechCrunch+ roundup: New success metrics, M&A timeline, 5 cloud trends for 2023

Every founder I’ve ever worked with was absolutely, completely convinced that they could build and scale a company.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Dry powder’s slow fuse, landing page basics, generative AI hype

A definitive founder's guide would have to include chapters like "So you've hired the wrong person" or "Five ways to tell if an investor is lying to you."

TechCrunch+ roundup: Normalizing down rounds, 2023 climate trends, term sheet basics

Everyone gets wet when it rains, but accepting a down round allows founders to keep building their businesses.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Headcount data study, SaaS sales mistakes, financial close strategies

Startups that don't have PMF, supportive investors or a manageable burn rate should already be planning to reduce headcount.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Vanity metric dangers, planning for failure, Black founders survey

Relying on vanity metrics is like attending a Little League awards dinner: Everyone goes home a winner!

TechCrunch+ roundup: New VC rules, AI biotech investor survey, Instagram ad case study

"Growth at all costs" is a fairy tale made possible by cheap money that helped VCs set expectations for founders — and each other.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Summary slide showcase, video SEO strategy, how to value AI startups

If your deck doesn't give prospective investors a clear idea of how you will put their money to work, you're not going home with a term sheet.

TechCrunch+ roundup: VC trick questions, building 3-case models, B2B sales coaching

I have nothing personal against investors, but sitting in a room with one while I try to sell them on my billion-dollar idea sounds very stressful.

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.
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