Early-stage board decks are dead: How to run a meeting in 60 minutes
With concise materials, you can make board meetings more effective and leave room for useful conversations.
Hidden in plain sight: 5 red flags for investors
Even the most experienced angel investors and VCs can overlook red flags that are not immediately apparent.
NFX’s James Currier: Where unicorn ideas come from and why founders ‘have to keep pivoting’
“This is really only talking about world-changing, big-ass businesses with a lot of impact that could be a billion dollars or more in value."
How to run efficient and effective early-stage board meetings
These slides are from seed and Series A stage companies that did a great job of informing their boards and driving constructive discussions.
How to pitch me: 5 investors discuss what they’re looking for in April 2023
I’m going to save you some time: many, if not most, of you are probably not yet ready to pitch an investor.
A 10-step playbook for founders with Silicon Valley Bank accounts
While I hope for the best for companies banking with SVB, it’s important for founders and CEOs to plan for the worst. This will be the weekend that differentiates a good entrepreneur from a bad one.
Tech layoffs are creating a new era of scrappy (and humbled) founders
An emerging class of founders is reminding the ecosystem how collapse can be an activator.
TechCrunch+ roundup: Advice for laid-off techies, fintech flops, how to build a growth team
Depending on where you worked and what you did, you may already have the experience investors are looking for.
6 VCs share advice for laid-off tech workers planning to launch startups
You may already have the experience investors are looking for when it comes to reaching product-market fit and solving engineering problems.
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.