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What can the 2000 dot-com crash teach us about the 2022 tech downturn?

“When you no longer believe, if you're not buying what you're selling anymore, then it is time to stop," said M13 Partner Anna Barber.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Due diligence roadmap, employment law basics, YC’s Michael Seibel

There’s no nice way to say this: when it comes to onboarding new employees, most early-stage startups are either inept or uninterested.

Sardine raises $51.5M led by a16z to sniff out fishy fintech transactions

As fintechs become more efficient, so too do fraudsters. “Faster instant payments mean faster fraud,” Sardine CEO and co-founder Soups Ranjan told TechCrunch. That’s the thesis behin

Sources say Web Summit Ventures will be a new $40M follow-on fund

Web Summit, one of the world’s largest events centered around technology startups, is to launch a brand-new venture capital vehicle consisting of two new funds, TechCrunch understands. The move

OurCrowd announces its new $200M Global Health Equity Fund

OurCrowd, the global crowdfunding venture firm, today announced its newest fund. As the organization announced at today’s Clinton Global Initiative event in New York, it is partnering with the WHO F

‘Just break even’ may be the worst possible advice for startups in turbulent times

A significant number of companies are following popular advice to try and break even, but the sad truth is that this is probably the worst possible advice for most startups right now.

Stop spending so much time on your product when pitching to investors

It's natural for founders to live and breathe for their customers and product, but the dirty little secret of fundraising is that your investors are extraordinarily unlikely to care about your product

TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth activation metrics, 3 keys to Series B, pitch deck teardown

The investors I’ve spoken to recently are still open to good ideas, but when they come from founders who are already working toward product-market fit, it boosts their confidence.

Goldsky raises $20M to bring real-time, on-chain data to crypto companies

Despite well-known volatility in the crypto market, crypto startups building infrastructure to support the industry’s long-term growth have seemed to fare better than their peers. This is especi

VC funds still rolling as Northzone announces largest fund, while Salkantay is largest Peru fund

Northzone and Salkantay Ventures join other venture capital firms in raising their largest funds to date.

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.

Stockholm’s EQT Growth closes $2.2B to fund scaling European startups like Vinted, Mambu and Epidemic Sound

The days of European startups relocating to the U.S. if they want to grow (and raise money to do so) have been receding in the rearview mirror for a while now, so much so that even in these leaner tim

5 metrics Series A investors look for at dev-tools startups

The most important metric VCs want to see is non-linear organic growth of your product’s user base, including usage expansion within specific teams.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Fighting fundraising fears, XaaS CS strategy, the ‘collapse’ of VC

At the risk of invoking the “do you even lift?” meme: every process inside your organization can be improved, and founders need to make gains wherever possible.

An action plan for founders fundraising in fintech’s choppy waters

If your business isn’t working, it’s critical to understand why and make adjustments — and that can mean letting your runway get dangerously low or making difficult choices about preserving capi

Boopos adds to its small business M&A lending pot with new investment

The company is able to underwrite online businesses in less than 48 hours and provides facilities for funding up to 80% of an acquisition under a flexible, revenue-based schedule.

How to fundraise a Series A

Beginning with the first company I co-founded 25 years ago and continuing through the second company I co-founded 15 years ago, I raised over $100M from top-tier VCs.

We need to unlearn the lessons of the 2021 fundraising bubble

Capital has been abundant in the past few years, which fostered a tendency to underprepare for fundraising. Shortcuts are no longer a good idea.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Gen Z VCs, choosing a GTM model, crypto crisis communication tips

To be clear: Most investors want to say “yes.” No one becomes a venture capitalist just so they can stomp on someone’s dreams.

6 ways to make sure your startup is using the right GTM model

In a downturn, getting the timing and evolution of a GTM model right relative to the maturity of a business can make the business and getting it wrong can break it.
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