Will M&A bring relief to media startups amid a public-market hangover?
With public-market exits effectively off the table and M&A for media startups historically capped around 6x-8x, the upside in media deals isn’t very high compared to other investing opportunities.
Will the corporate venture boom lead to an M&A frenzy?
Why recent CVC activity combined with the current climate for startups could result in a more active M&A market.
As the pandemic wanes, VCs are investing less in health-focused startups
Riffing through CB Insights data regarding global VC investment into health tech, the word we came away with was "retreat."
How to prepare for M&A, your most likely exit avenue
Despite the headlines about billion-dollar M&A transactions, record IPOs and the rapid growth of SPACs, small deals will continue to be the most likely exit for the vast majority of tech startups.
Golden Gate Ventures forecasts a record number of exits in Southeast Asia
Despite the pandemic’s economic impact, Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem has proven to be very resilient. In fact, a new report from investment firm Golden Gate Ventures predicts a record number
To sell or not to sell: Lessons from a bootstrapped CEO
Regardless of a young company’s struggles or success, sooner or later the question of when, how or whether to sell the enterprise presents itself. It’s the biggest question a founder will face.
The current narrative explaining why tech stocks are getting hammered
This morning the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index is off 2.34% after falling yesterday. Shares of Tesla are off more than 6% today, now mired in a bear-market correction after reaching new all-time h
Opendoor to go public by way of Chamath Palihapitiya SPAC
Today, Social Capital Hedosophia II, the blank-check company associated with investor Chamath Palihapitiya, announced that it will merge with Opendoor, taking the private real estate startup public in
How this startup built and exited to Twitter in 1,219 days
By the summer of 2016, Marie Outtier had spent eight years as a consultant advising media agencies and martech companies on marketing growth strategy. Pierre-Jean “PJ” Camillieri started as a musi
Verizon’s BlueJeans acquisition is about more than the work-from-home trend
It would be easy to assume that Verizon’s purchase last week of video-conferencing tool BlueJeans was an opportunistic move to capitalize on the sudden shift to remote work, but the ball began r
Portfolio bloat: What’s happening to thousands of startups going nowhere fast
Earlier this week, much was made of the e-commerce business Brandless deciding to shutter its doors. Industry observers found its fate particularly interesting, given that Brandless was only a few yea
All the weird stuff that happens to you after you close your round
We just closed our financing, and the weirdness began. Once you announce you have money, everyone wants a piece. These are the weird things no one tells you will happen after you close your round...
Eventbrite’s IPO should encourage tech companies to get out while they still can
Eventbrite is having one hell of a debut on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Shares of the ticketing startup, founded back in 2006, have shot up over 50 percent in trading on the NYSE. After
Zendesk expands into CRM with Base acquisition
Zendesk has mostly confined itself to customer service scenarios, but it seems that’s not enough anymore. If you want to truly know the customer behind the interaction, you need a customer syste
Q3 2017 US VC report: Exit options dwindle while late-stage dealmaking reaches new heights
U.S. startup investors were good at putting capital to work this past quarter. They weren’t as good at getting it back.
As global startup exits grow, Europe sees its profile rise
Looking at the number of exits produced and the total dollar volume those liquidity events commanded, the European startup scene has shown growth over the past year. That fact comes from the Startup
There’s no shame in a $100M startup
The era of unicorn startups has created a distorted view of entrepreneurial success. All the talk about billion-dollar exits has inflated the numbers that define a win. Starting and selling a company
The enterprise strikes back
You might have missed it amidst Snap’s noisy consumer debut, but enterprise-facing IPOs put points on the board during the first quarter of 2017, even more than their consumer-focused siblings. In f
Few startups IPOed this year, but the ones that did soared
There weren’t many tech IPOs this year, but they performed well. Just 14 venture-backed tech companies went public, according to Dealogic. This compares to 25 last year and the 40+ we saw in each of