When will the paper unicorns fold?
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Even the hottest startup categories are not immune from the venture slowdown
How are API-first startups faring in the face of private-market headwinds and some market pessimism about the health of many startups far from their exit point?
Be relevant, or get downturned
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single per
Cacheflow doubles valuation while raising $10M, proving that the venture market is far from dead
Cacheflow, a startup building tools for the software sales closing process, announced this morning that it closed $10 million in new capital.
Are tech valuations artificially low, or are we simply returning to reality?
How conservative are today's valuations when compared to the norms of recent years?
Pacdora wants to be a ‘Canva + Figma’ for the $1 trillion packaging industry
I love meeting startups that are making a tangible impact on the factory floor. While Shein applies a data-driven approach to improve efficiency for clothing manufacturing, Pacdora is doing something
Neon nabs $30M to build a scalable cloud service for Postgres databases
Neon, a startup providing developers with a serverless option for Postgres databases, today announced that it raised $30 million in a Series A-1 round led by GGV with participation from Khosla Venture
Muni gives Latin American communities buying power through shopping app
Community leaders centralize the orders, suppliers drop off the orders with Muni, which picks and packs them for the community leaders to manage the last-mile delivery and collect payments.
As API-first startups multiply, GGV builds an index
When GGV Capital reached out and said that it had built an index of API-first companies, I was curious. Venture-built indexes of startups and other firms have proved useful tools in recent years, led
When the founder becomes the story
A year ago, few knew the brand Bolt, a checkout technology company that was founded in 2014, nor its founder, Ryan Breslow, a seemingly archetypal Silicon Valley type: smart, strong-willed and a colle
Cacheflow drops stealth tag, raises $6M to simplify the SaaS buying experience
Cacheflow this morning announced its exit from stealth and a seed round worth $6 million. The startup is a wager that the software buying experience of today is antiquated — and a rising source
Brazilian insurtech Justos raises $35.8M in Ribbit Capital-led Series A
Justos, a startup that says it will be the first insurance company in Brazil to use data when determining rates, has raised a $35.8 million Series A round of funding led by Ribbit Capital. SoftBank’
Electric, the IT platform for SMBs, raises $90 million Series D
Electric, makers of IT infrastructure software for SMBs, has been on a tear lately. The company announced the close of a $90 million Series D financing round today. GGV, an existing investor, led the
Temasek leads $550M Series C extension into Orca Security, which aims for further international foothold
This is the third in a quick succession of funding that Orca Security received in the past 12 months.
Monte Carlo closes $60M Series C on the back of rapid ARR growth
The company raised a Series B earlier this year, a $25 million round led by GGV and Redpoint. Both Series B lead investors participated in Monte Carlo's Series C.
Do bronze medals ever make sense for unicorns?
When should a startup decide to cease its efforts to challenge leading players in a specific market?
Slintel scores $20M Series A as buyer intelligence tool gains traction
One clear outcome of the pandemic was that it pushed more people to do their shopping online, and that was as true for B2B as it was for B2C. Knowing which of your B2B customers are most likely to con
Orbiit raises seed funding to automate the interactions within an online community
Orbiit, a startup that automates the interactions within an online community, has raised a $2.7 million round led by Bread and Butter Ventures, with participation from new investors High Alpha Capital
Labster gets millions from a16z to bring virtual science lab software to the world
Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm with $16.5 billion in assets under management, has poured millions into an edtech startup that sells virtual STEM lab simulations to institutions. Copenhage
StackPulse announces $28M investment to help developers manage outages
When a system outage happens, chaos can ensue as the team tries to figure out what’s happening and how to fix it. StackPulse, a new startup that wants to help developers manage these crisis situ