EC United States
As US SPACs flounder, did Europe largely dodge a bullet?
Things have turned so sour for SPACs that it leaves us with a question: Why did anyone think that this was a good idea again?
There’s a reason why US Midwest startups had fewer layoffs, Chicago VC says
Over time, many cities across the Midwest have been building out bona fide startup ecosystems, as M25's annual ranking of Midwest startup hubs makes clear.
The venture slowdown finally hit early-stage valuations, PitchBook data shows
According to PitchBook, the median valuation of early-stage U.S. startups that raised venture capital was lower last quarter than in Q1 2022.
Is the future of the microchip industry going to be Made in America?
With all eyes on Taiwan and worries mounting around semiconductor supply, the U.S. CHIPS Act is timely. But it is not unique: Other countries also aspire to reduce their reliance on imported chips.
Tracking venture capital data to pinpoint the next US startup hot spots
Taking a look at an M25 dataset ranking Midwest U.S. cities across datapoints including startup activity, venture activity and business climate.
Dutchie Pay wants to help you stop paying in cash for your cannabis
Dutchie Pay is a payment solution designed for the very specific requirements of the legal cannabis market in the U.S. but also indicative of the wider problems faced by cash-based businesses.
US venture capitalists have never had so much spare cash
Why the decline in startup funding totals if U.S. venture capitalists' accounts are straining at the seams?
Bitcoin miners are dusting off Kentucky coal towns, spurred by state crypto tax incentives
Kentucky and mining-focused businesses alike have reaped benefits from legislation to incentivize bitcoin miners to establish roots in the southeastern state.
Dear Sophie: Can our employee travel on DACA?
My company wants to send an employee to India to open an office there. He came to the U.S. from India as a child and now has DACA status. Can he take on this project and still return to the U.S.?
Heavily VC-backed salad chain Sweetgreen heads toward public markets
Sweetgreen is an incredibly well-backed unicorn that just happens to make salads instead of, say, enterprise software.
Deep tech startups in need of funding should consider federal grants
Applying for a federal grant doesn’t preclude you from accepting VC. What it does is diversify your fundraising mix and add a layer of credibility, which in the end helps you reach viability faster.
Future tech exits have a lot to live up to
Investors appear to be betting that the future IPO market will accelerate at attractive prices. Otherwise, none of what we are seeing regarding the rising price of startups makes sense.
Robinhood’s CFO says it was ready to go public
Robinhood says it went public because it was ready. And our read of the markets is that it's an appealing time for high-growth tech companies with a history of losses to do so. Yet it's underwater.
Duolingo’s IPO pricing is great news for edtech startups
Duolingo, a consumer edtech company, is now more valuable per revenue dollar than the median public enterprise SaaS business.
Dear Sophie: Should we look to Canada to retain international talent?
"Many have employees on OPT or STEM OPT who didn’t get selected in this year's H-1B lottery. Should we look to Canada?"
Outdoorsy co-founders detail how they expanded the sharing economy to RVs
Jen Young and Jeff Cavins decided to craft a business around their passion for being in nature. They saw an opportunity in the 20 million RVs in the U.S., most used just a few days a year.
Investors don’t expect the US startup funding market to slow down
What’s driving the venture capital market in the United States to be as hot as it has proven to be? FOMO, plus the constituent belief that trying to time the market is a mistake.
Common mistakes Indian startups make when relocating to the US
The United States is a welcoming market full of opportunities. However, relocating presents significant challenges.
Duolingo’s S-1 depicts heady growth, monetization, new focus on English certification
Our initial read of the edtech unicorn's filing to go public was generally positive, but we dug one level deeper to grow our understanding.