Fundraising

Bootstrapping in 2021 goes a long way

The well-worn riff that it’s easier than ever to start a company today could be wed to the concept that it’s perhaps cheaper, too. That should bode well for bootstrapping.

It turns out fintech is worth as much as SaaS

The lesson appears to be that revenue growth matters more than near-term margins for fintech companies, allowing them to secure valuations that far surpass their final private marks.

Indications of a hot market abound as Freshworks, Toast price IPOs

Toast and Freshworks both raised their IPO ranges and priced above the raised interval. If you are looking for an indication that it's a good time to go public, this is it.

Really, this market isn’t good enough?

Klarna's CEO says he's 'nervous' to take the company public. But the public market for BNPL companies actually feels pretty strong at the moment.

Freshworks’ valuation could crest $10B in upcoming IPO

Freshworks now expects to charge between $32 and $34 per share in its debut, up from the $28 to $32 per-share range that it initially disclosed.

Toast raises IPO price range, providing a Monday bump to fintech valuations

Toast will have to post pretty damn strong growth numbers for it to keep its multiple up. But the market appears willing to take that risk.

Which VCs are set to make a killing in GitLab’s IPO

The GitLab debut is set to make a lot of funds material coin.

What could stop the startup boom?

Similar to how certain macroeconomic conditions have provided a long-term boost, a reversal of those conditions could do the opposite.

Forge’s SPAC deal is a bet on unicorn illiquidity

The total addressable market that Forge serves is growing by the day, with more and more unicorns being born and a steady drumbeat of unicorn IPOs doing little to clear the decks.

Atlanta’s sundry startups join in global VC funding boom

With around $3 billion invested in the first half of 2021, already around a 50% gain on 2020’s full-year figures, it’s clear Atlanta is seeing an unprecedented wave of venture investment.

What to make of Freshworks’ first IPO price range

It appears that Freshworks is pretty reasonably priced in its current range.

Toast looks toward $18B valuation in upcoming IPO

If you were considering buying into Toast's IPO in hopes of having a say in its future, don't. You won't.

Is it so bad to take money from Chinese venture funds?

China is the second-largest source of venture capital in the world, and Chinese investors can bring value to foreign startups, but you need to study their expertise and how it can be useful for you.

Debt versus equity: When do non-traditional funding strategies make sense?

How can debt be stable and reliable? Seems like an oxymoron, but the reality is that while equity investors are looking for growth, debt investors just want to get paid back with interest.

Tracking startup focus in the latest Y Combinator cohort

First, some housekeeping: Thanks to our new corporate parents, TechCrunch has the day off tomorrow, so consider this the last chapter of The Exchange for this week. (The newsletter will go out Saturda

What Amplitude’s choice to direct list says about its products, growth and value

The recent round followed by a quick direct listing means that we'll be able to mock Sequoia if Amplitude winds up worth more than $4.15 billion when it floats.

Inside Freshworks’ IPO filing

Let's dig into the company's historical growth, track Freshworks' changing profitability profile and check to see if its revenue quality is improving over time.

5 takeaways from Toast’s S-1 filing

Startup founders, take a minute to track Toast's revenue growth per category over time. Sometimes diversified offense is functional defense, it turns out.

The pre-pitch: 7 ways to build relationships with VCs

Building relationships with potential investors requires you to think less like a founder and more like a marketer — much of the legwork comes long before it's time to ask for a commitment.

Corporate venture capital follows the same trend as other VC markets: Up

We’ve seen non-venture funds flow into the later stages of startup land, pushing VCs toward earlier-stage and more venture-y deals. Why would CVCs be immune to the same trend?
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