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Deal Dive: Doing venture math on the non-alcoholic spirits industry
Hangovers suck. Especially so for those who felt pressured to drink the alcohol that inevitably caused the hangover to begin with. Drinking is slowly starting to fall out of fad, especially among youn
Private lenders won’t fill the venture debt gap left by SVB
The collapse of SVB does bring new opportunities for venture debt lenders, but they aren't interested in SVB's early-stage strategy.
The web3 winter isn’t going to thaw anytime soon
From an initial read of data from the past month, we can infer that the current crypto winter is far from thawing.
Many startups are built off research, so why don’t more scientists become founders?
While their work is the backbone of many startups, many scientists don't become founders. Perhaps its time they should.
Crunchbase will begin tracking venture dollars allocated to LGBTQ+ founders
It is estimated that less than 1% of all VC dollars are raised by companies with founders openly within the LGBTQ+ community.
3 Views on a16z’s latest reported early-stage effort
This is not the first time that we’ve seen funds try to go earlier in the investing world. Will the a16z effort pay off? Will it be ultimately good for founders?
Deal Dive: Why this startup chose to sell itself over raising a Series A
Heroes Jobs realized that its user acquisition costs were too high to be successful as a solo company and decided to partner.
Profitability over growth: 5 investors explain their mantra for South Korean startups
Five investors talk about the uniqueness of South Korean startups, how they've fared in a post-pandemic world and their investment thesis.
Why aren’t venture capitalists flocking to fund cybersecurity startups?
Cybersecurity companies are enjoying stellar growth and multiples, but VCs are still hesitant to invest in these startups. What's going on?
Cava’s listing won’t bring back IPOs, but it could deliver welcome investor liquidity
Cava's IPO filing has a host of details about exactly why this was a great time for the restaurant chain to go public.
Deal Dive: Gradiant is the new kind of unicorn worth getting excited about
The 10-year-old company that's been grinding away in a tough industry offers a lot of hints of what the unicorns of 2023 will look like.
The new rules of venture debt are already being written
Venture debt, in many ways, used to be an afterthought. But in the post-SVB world, raising this kind of debt is going to look very different.
5 investors discuss what’s in store for venture debt following SVB’s collapse
VCs don't think venture debt is going away anytime soon, but five investors said getting it now will look different than before.
Are rising seed-stage valuations a poisoned gift for startups?
If seed valuations continue to rise while later-stage prices dip, how long will it be until the climb from seed to Series A sees startups losing value?
Emerging managers shouldn’t rush a first close – even in this market
It may be tempting for managers to close on capital as soon as they have it in this quieter funding environment, but that's probably not the best move.
Without Black representation in climate tech, ‘the planet will burn’
The lack of funding and dearth of DEI data suggests that the venture community writ large is overlooking a vast amount of untapped potential.
How to get warm introductions to investors
A vanishingly small number of investors will look at any pitch. For most investors, though, you'll need to get your foot in the door to be heard.
Active founders make good investors, but do they make good VCs?
Data from AngelList shows that founder-led VC firms outperform but the data is incomplete. While the strategy works well, it has drawbacks, too.
VCs love to talk about AI, but they aren’t writing as many checks as you might think
With AI hype peaking, it would seem that investment in AI startups would be correspondingly high, but surprisingly, it's way down.
VC funding of women climate tech founders is abysmal. Here’s how it could improve
Women founders have received just 6.9% of venture dollars in climate tech in Q1, according to Crunchbase, which is down from 8.9% in 2022.