Fundraising

Scale CEO Alex Wang and Accel’s Dan Levine explain why sometimes unconventional VC deals are best

Few companies have done better than Scale at spotting a need in the AI gold rush early on and filling that gap. The startup rightly identified that one of the tasks most important to building effectiv

Founder and investor Melissa Bradley outlines how to nail your virtual pitch meeting

Ureeka founder Melissa Bradley explains how to prepare for a virtual pitch, allocate time, how to close meetings with a clear list of action items, and what to avoid.

How we dodged risks and raised millions for our open-source machine language startup

Open-source startups hoping to secure funding must be aware of these risks when crafting business models to attract investment.

So you want to raise a Series A

Bucky Moore, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, gives founders tactical advice on the process of raising a Series A round.

Four strategies for getting attention from investors

MaC Venture Capital founder Marlon Nichols lays out his strategies for early-stage investing, and how these lessons can translate into a successful launch for entrepreneurs.

Understanding how fundraising terms can affect early-stage startups

Fenwick & West partner Dawn Belt breaks down some of the terms that trip up first-time entrepreneurs.

Will Topps’ SPAC-led debut expand the bustling NFT market?

Twitter is abuzz with the news that Topps, a company perhaps best known for making collectible trading cards, is going public via a SPAC. The reverse merger with its chosen blank-check company values

Private equity, a SPAC and an IPO walk into a bar

Choosing which option is best from a buffet's worth of possibilities is an interesting task for startup CEOs and their boards.

Kaltura puts debut on hold. Is the tech IPO window closing?

The Exchange doubts many folks expected the IPO climate to get so chilly without warning. But we could be in for a quarter's pause.

As Compass downsizes its IPO, signs of weakness appear for high-growth companies

Taken together, the various market signs could point to a modest to moderate cooling in the IPO market. For a host of companies looking to debut via a SPAC, that could prove to be bad news.

Is Substack really worth $650M?

Substack didn't invent the paid newsletter, but the startup's early success with the model is enticing previous backers to more than double down on the media startup.

UiPath’s IPO filing suggests robotic process automation is booming

UiPath added its name to the list of companies pursuing public-market offerings with the release of its S-1, which details a quickly growing software company with sharply improving profitability.

A look at 4 IPO updates and 2 late-stage funding rounds

Covering YC Demo Day yesterday was good fun, but I missed a few items while watching several hundred startup pitches. A few years ago, these stories might have been the biggest news of the week. But w

Pre-seed round funding is under scrutiny: Is VC pandemic posturing here to stay?

In 2020, investors became laser-focused on sections of the pitch deck that address monetization and business viability — signs that founders need to present better-defined businesses to succeed.

Discord’s reported $10B exit; Compass and Intermedia Cloud Communications set IPO price ranges

There's a lot of news this morning, so let's discuss all the big dollars before YC demo day kicks off.

Coursera set to roughly double its private valuation in impending IPO

At its most generous share count and highest projected price, Coursera's valuation could reach $5.56 billion.

The lightning-fast Series A (that was 3 years in the making)

It took Christine Tao, founder of Sounding Board, just over three years to recognize the value of executive coaching and get her company to a Series A. Here's how she did it.

AI fintech products are operating at scale and investor interest is maturing

Per a new dataset I spent this morning chewing on, VCs are firing cannons of capital into the AI startup world while exits reach new records.

What eToro’s investor presentation and $10B valuation tells us about Robinhood

Trading platforms are being valued more like high-margin video games than software stocks.

Olo prices IPO sharply above its target, valuing company as high as $4.6B

We're checking in on the price investors paid for a block of Olo shares before it began trading and will look into the latest numbers in Coinbase's new S-1/A filing
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