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A survey of TechCrunch readers reveals that while the spot ETFs may boost bitcoin’s price, they may not be attracting many people who don’t own bitcoin.

Perhaps this is why the bitcoin spot ETFs are yet to send crypto prices to the moon

It would be shortsighted to overlook edtech amid the present downturn, especially now that AI is disrupting nearly every industry out there.

It’s a good time to invest in early-stage edtech, investors say

Most VCs think valuations are close to the bottom, if not already there, but few think there will be any relief in 2024.

Will startup valuations start to recover in 2024? Investors aren’t so sure

Investors are hoping for more enterprise adoption and vertical AI solutions this year as the AI startup market starts to grow up.

VCs are optimistic that AI investing will move beyond the hype in 2024

Some investors are more optimistic about M&A in 2024, while others think we will see a rebound in the IPO market.

VCs anticipate more exits in 2024 but have no consensus on when or how

There was a lot to talk about this year, and investors and founders sure did share their thoughts freely with us in our surveys.

The TechCrunch+ surveys you need to read ahead of 2024

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More than 40 investors share their top predictions for 2024

From when the exit market reopens to what happens with AI investing, more than 40 VCs share their predictions and expectations for 2024.

10:12 am PST • December 28, 2023
More than 40 investors share their top predictions for 2024

While valuations have fallen quite a bit, some sectors are still too inflated for secondaries investors to find attractive.

Secondaries investors say some valuations are still too high

Secondary activity is expected to return to normal in 2024. Five investors tells us where they are interested and where they are not.

5 secondaries investors tell us what’s hot and what’s not heading into 2024

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Why these investors think saving the trees isn’t just for protesters anymore

A fresh crop of startups has emerged to combat deforestation and climate change, and a handful investors have embraced the challenge along with them.

6:27 am PST • November 29, 2023
Why these investors think saving the trees isn’t just for protesters anymore

The geographic isolation of Australia and New Zealand creates a sense of hustle, if not urgency, around raising funds and building a global product.

In Australia and New Zealand, a venture downturn isn’t the end. It’s time to shine.

This is part of a survey of investors focused on Australia and New Zealand. The following responses are from the New Zealand investors.

Investors say New Zealand has ‘all the right ingredients’ to be a startup nation

This is part of a survey of investors focused on Australia and New Zealand. The following responses are from the Australian investors.

Australian investors say capital limitations push founders to ‘new heights of creativity’

It is likely not an overstatement to say that the relationship between U.S. defense and Silicon Valley is undergoing its most profound transformation since the 1950s.

5 investors have high hopes for defense tech amid growing venture interest

As a part of TC’s ongoing AI survey series, we spoke to a group of five investors about the pros and cons of open source AI business models.

5 investors on the pros and cons of open source AI business models

Founders get bombarded with invitations to events, and not all of them are worth it, but there are ways to figure out which will provide value.

How founders can cut through the noise and find events that are actually worth it

We asked six venture capitalists who are active in the AI investing space to walk us through what they are seeing in the market today.

6 VCs explain how startups can capture and defend market share in the AI era

There are many founder-focused events but are they actually helpful or just a distraction? Founders need to strike a balance.

To attend or not to attend: We asked 52 founders whether events are useful or a waste of time

To better understand where startups still stand a chance, and where oligopoly dynamics and first-mover advantages are shaping up, we polled a select group of investors about the future of…

10 investors talk about the future of AI and what lies beyond the ChatGPT hype

If you’d like to know what investors are looking for, how they want to be approached and what they’re most likely to ask, keep reading.

How to pitch me: 7 investors discuss what they’re looking for in September 2023

What will it take to spur more mainstream gamers to pick up and play web3 games? We asked eight web3 gaming experts to find out.

8 web3 gaming experts discuss hurdles and opportunities in the road to wider adoption

We asked Latin American investors where they are placing their bets, when they think Brazil’s IPO window might reopen, how to best pitch them, and more.

8 Latin American VCs share why they’re brimming with optimism about the region’s startups

TechCrunch+ heard from 15 VCs about why or why not they are tuning in to YC’s Demo Day festivities this week.

Here’s why some investors are sitting out of YC Demo Day

Founders chatted with us about construction tech trends so we could get a basic idea of where the industry is headed.

4 founders give us their take on what’s ahead for construction tech

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How to pitch me: 15 investors talk about what they’re looking for in August 2023

“I suggest reaching out right before Labor Day to set up a meeting in September or wait and start your outreach altogether next month.”

8:00 pm PDT • August 31, 2023
How to pitch me: 15 investors talk about what they’re looking for in August 2023

If the 2020s are going to be the decade of AI, then the 2030s could be the decade of fusion power. That is, if the sector’s startups are able to…

7 founders explain what fusion power needs to go mainstream

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7 founders and CEOs discuss fusion power’s most pressing challenges

Capital is pouring into the sector at an opportune time, as fusion power startups can now make rapid gains thanks to a convergence of factors.

7:05 am PDT • August 24, 2023
7 founders and CEOs discuss fusion power’s most pressing challenges

To help TechCrunch+ readers understand what fintech investors are thinking these days, we interviewed six active investors over the last couple of weeks.

6 fintech investors sound off on AI, down rounds and what’s ahead

To learn more about the state of the creator economy industry and how investors are thinking, we surveyed seven VCs about where the industry is headed.

7 VCs explain why the creator economy still has legs

As the world returns to “normal,” what does the future of work look like from where we are today? To find out, we spoke with 6 founders in relevant sectors.

6 startup founders gaze into a future-of-work crystal ball