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: Midwest VC boom, advice for CISOs, Facebook’s next chapter

Healthcare spending accounts for almost 18% of U.S. GDP, so it’s no surprise that digital health is attracting record levels of investment. This year, VCs invested $14.7 billion in healthtech startu

TechCrunch+ roundup: Slashing technical debt, IPO analysis, your first comms hire

Early-stage entrepreneurs eager to ship usually spend more time calculating their startup’s burn rate than selecting an optimal development environment. As a result, technical debt can accumulate.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Automattic TC-1, federal startup grants, ‘getting s*** done day’

Our latest longform look at a notable tech company examines Automattic, “the leading commercial complement to the open-source WordPress publishing platform.”

TechCrunch+ roundup: Mixpanel’s reset, smart growth, $100K referral bonuses

If you're interested in becoming a TechCrunch contributor, I'll be on Twitter Spaces on Tuesday, October 19 from 3 to 3:30 p.m Pacific to answer questions about our editorial guidelines and talk about

TechCrunch+ roundup: 3 flavors of BaaS, growth marketing fixes, NerdWallet IPO

If you're interested in submitting a post to TechCrunch, join a Twitter Spaces chat on Tuesday, October 19 to learn about what we're looking for.

TechCrunch+ roundup: VCs rate pitch decks, IPO analysis, Techstars’ expansion plans

No one’s going to tell you when your startup has reached product-market fit — there are no flashing lights, no siren, no balloons falling from the ceiling. “Especially for first-time founder

TechCrunch+ roundup: Palihapitiya on SPACs, inside Rivian’s IPO, BaaS pros talk shop

I have worked in startups for more than half of my life, and for most of that time, I was the only Black person in the room. As a result, the lack of representation in tech isn’t abstract to me. Bes

3 founders share strategies for navigating bias and building confidence

Entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups are more likely to face an uphill climb than their white, male counterparts, but their challenges stretch beyond systemic bias and lack of access to capital.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Alternative financing, Web3 adoption, India’s hot Q3 fundraising

The possibilities of Web3 are fascinating, although I will admit that the notion of public networks where everyone is presumed to be trustworthy is still a bit of a mind-bender.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Creative capital, live-shopping strategy, new name + logo

Extra Crunch is now TechCrunch+. In addition to updating our name and logo, we’re offering military, student and government membership discounts and have expanded access to new regions. Also, Ex

Extra Crunch roundup: Here’s everything you missed at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021

If that headline sounded judgmental, I apologize.

Extra Crunch roundup: DTC strategy, IPO analysis, Zoom’s future product plans

TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 is underway! Tickets are still available for the three-day virtual event, which encompasses everything from Ryan Reynolds' lessons on "fast-vertising" to Startup Battlefield.

Extra Crunch roundup: Adtech investing, Intuit buys Mailchimp, ideal customer profiles

In school, it's highly unethical to copy someone else's work and pass it off as your own. In business, however, it is expected.

Extra Crunch roundup: BNPL bonanza, scraping Toast’s S-1/A, early-stage SaaS pricing

Are founders in fundraising mode short-sighted when it comes to working with Chinese venture funds? Runa Capital’s Asia business development manager Denis Kalinin studied data from iTjuzi, a dat

Extra Crunch roundup: China’s new data privacy law, fractional farming, debt vs. equity

China’s first data privacy laws go into effect on November 1, 2021. Will your company be in compliance? Modeled after the EU’s GDPR, the new regulations “[introduce] perhaps the most stringe

Extra Crunch roundup: Options pool rules, voice tech hurdles, keeping employees engaged

Don't wait to be blindsided: Put an action plan in place to assess employee engagement. Remember, seven out of the next 10 people you see on a video call might be polishing their resumes.

Extra Crunch roundup: Cohort analysis, YC Demo Day recaps, building your supply chain

We're off on Monday, September 6 to celebrate America's Labor Day holiday, but we'll be back with new stories (and a very brief newsletter) on Tuesday morning.

Extra Crunch roundup: Toast and Freshworks S-1s, pre-pitch tips, flexible funding lessons

The digital transformation currently sweeping society has likely reached your favorite local restaurant. Since 2013, Boston-based Toast has offered bars and eateries a software platform that lets them

Extra Crunch roundup: Pre-pitch tactics, Warby Parker S-1, Israel’s fintech ecosystem

Forget what you've heard: There are *many* shortcuts to success.

Extra Crunch roundup: Zūm CEO interview, Cisco’s M&A ethos, neoinsurance bad romance

When is the last time your doctor treated you at home?
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