EC Newsletter

Building AI guardrails should be part of the process

Building a solid rulebook around AI policies in the workplace now can help prevent plenty of headaches in the future.

Taking the long view on crypto

“It’s the single best time to invest in [crypto] companies,” according to 10T Holdings and 1RoundTable Partners’ CEO, Dan Tapiero.

Yes, the tech layoff surge you are feeling is real

January has thus far seen 23,670 known tech layoffs, sourced from 85 known reductions, and hitting tech shops big and small.

VCs are not done betting on fintech

Which startups are drawing the most praise from venture folks? A new list compiled by GGV US provides some hints.

Now is the time to invest in edtech

Just tacking AI onto a product isn’t enough, and investors are hoping that the technology will lead to more innovation in the space.

The unicorns among us

The pendulum swung hard in the direction of B2B startups over the last decade — but the thing with pendulums is that eventually they swing back.

Private equity could be the last resort for startups struggling to exit

Startups are in a difficult spot. But the good news is that some untraveled and overgrown exit paths have a chance of opening up this year.

The mobile regulatory landscape is changing at an inconvenient time for Apple

With the tech world fighting to win the AI race while smartphone sales slow and regulations chip away at its legacy revenue streams, Apple has its work cut out for it.

How to build a solid — and profitable! — AI startup

After a year of people throwing money at AI companies, investors are now looking for startups that are more solid and viable.

Nasdaq CEO’s comments about IPOs portend sunny skies ahead for the tech industry

More than 100 companies are getting ready to go public on Nasdaq after filing confidentially with the SEC, Barron's quoted Nasdaq's CEO Adena Friedman as saying.

How to find the right venture investor

Now that we’re in recovery mode, there are new rules to play by when it comes to identifying, pitching and partnering with the right investor.

Carta’s growth story is being overshadowed by its stock trading snafu

Is Carta a bad business without a secondary-market trading arm? Can it scale on its other revenue sources to the size it needs to take its large private-market valuation live?

What if the metaverse had legs?

I would be lying if I said that mixed reality and generative AI were two of my favorite things. And yet, a Christmas Day TV special made me unexpectedly bullish about them.

Investors are optimistic about 2024

After a mediocre 2023, investors are optimistic about exit and M&A activity picking back up in 2024. Some think we will see the IPO market bounce back.

Once again, Etsy’s layoffs come as no surprise

More than quantitative, Etsy's challenge is qualitative. A viral tweet summed it up in one word: junkification.

A strong foundation can help raise early-stage capital

Investors aren’t scouring pitch decks as earnestly as they were in the past. There’s still a market for early-stage deals, though.

Even without Adobe, things don’t look too bad for Figma

Now that Adobe is no longer part of the picture, how Figma sailed through this period of uncertainty suggests it will come out of this saga relatively unscathed.

The outlook for startups in 2024 is hazy

Even though the economy is signaling a bit of a bounce-back, 2024 might not be much better than 2023 when it comes to startups sharing a piece of the budget pie. 

The best funding options for late-stage startups

“Entrepreneurs navigating the later stages of a startup face a mine field of funding options, and not all of them are suitable for their business,” writes David Spreng, founder and CEO of  Runway

Take the time to brush up those pitch decks

Now is a great time to brush up your pitch decks, practice your pitch, and get ready for when things kick off again next year.
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