Getting serious about Series B: 3 documents that will help founders control the narrative
Founders should think of three primary documents as their holy trinity: the deck, the strategy memo and the forecast model to capture attention and ensure info is transmitted clearly.
Funds can no longer just be a source of capital
Rather than the main focus being on the next funding round, founders have the opportunity to reprioritize and rebuild. Funds can do that, too.
TechCrunch+ roundup: Slashing churn rates, visa side hustles, YC S22 Demo Day faves
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A Gen Z VC speaks up: Why Gen Z VCs are trash
Gen Z VCs have raised funds, garnered social media followings and profited from the Gen Z mentality. Good for them. I don’t want to be any part of it.
Investment clubs are cool again, and maybe community is, too
The rise of group investing is just as much about culture as it is about cash.
Polygon founder raises $50M for emerging markets-focused web3 venture fund
Ethereum layer-two scaling platform Polygon raised $450 million earlier this year in its first major financing round. Now, the protocol’s co-founder Sandeep Nailwal is launching another project,
Highbeam inks $7M to shine light on e-commerce-specific banking needs
By focusing on e-commerce, Highbeam is able to provide a single financial view of the business and help entrepreneurs decide the right cash and credit options.
a16z says ‘WeBack’ to WeWork’s Neumann with its biggest check ever
Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) seems determined to keep the capital flowing to controversial WeWork founder Adam Neumann. The storied venture firm wrote its largest individual check ever, at $350 million,
Announcing the first tranche of Startup Battlefield judges
The Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 is set to be our most epic yet. This year’s competitors, selected from our handpicked cohort, the Startup Battlefield 200, are some o
Investors prepare for a founder downturn. Or influx. Wait, what?
There are two sides forming in early-stage venture capital: the investors who admit that talent has shifted and those who stand by deal flow that is as loud as ever.
Digital marketplace Clutch closes $1.2M pre-seed round led by Precursor Ventures
The duo aims to democratize the tools needed for everyone to become a content creator.
Getting acquired is a legitimate strategy for building your business
While the IPO is characterized as the pinnacle for venture-backed startups, far more companies see successful exits via an M&A process than by going public.
Will once-bootstrapped startups turn to venture during a watershed moment?
As venture starts to be more interested in the stable fundamentals of the startup bunch, is it the bootstrapper's time to swing big?
Fundraising in turbulent markets: Why we moved up our Series B
While it is important to get input from trusted sources, you must ultimately decide when to raise capital based on available data and your instincts and experience as an entrepreneur.
Fintech Guava raises $2.4M to provide banking services to Black small-business owners
Founded last year, Guava aims to reduce the racial wealth gap by providing financial services to Black small businesses.
Cash is nice — as an option
Cashless transactions are on the rise, but cash payments are still a reality for American cannabis dispensaries and emerging countries – and they come at a cost. Are we ready for the end of cash?
Growth cheat code: Use fractional hiring to stay on plan when cutting costs
The coming years will see a contractor-first strategy become even more prevalent, and small companies will have an opportunity to employ this strategy effectively.
As Coinbase falters, Binance.US is waiting in the wings
As the largest publicly traded crypto exchange in the United States, Coinbase has become something of a household name. But as the going gets tough in the crypto markets, the company seems to be fumbl
What can Black VCs and founders expect in H2 2022?
There are billions of dollars to invest, so all that's needed is to put more of that capital to work in the businesses of minority founders.
London fails to retain Atlassian as it heads stateside in search of a ‘broader set’ of investors
Despite multiple overtures by the British government to woo tech companies and keep the largest ones from defecting to the U.S., the latest example of the failure of this policy comes with the news th