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: 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.

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.
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