The United States’ $1 trillion startup liquidity gap needs to be filled soon

There's an absolute mountain of money frozen in startups today, and with the pressure ticking higher every day for it to melt and become liquid cash, something is bound to break.

Big, costly seed deals were the exception in 2023’s lackluster venture capital market

Hopes that it would become easier for startups to raise capital in 2023 were left unmet as the year ended. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on TechCrunch+ or ge

‘Mega-deals’ could be inflating overall AI funding figures

A recent report from Pitchbook shows that 'mega-deals' could be inflating AI startup funding totals, giving a misleading picture of the sector's health.

Can AI lift our spirits?

The last quarter in venture capital was quite gloomy. Even AI didn't change the picture that much, but its impact is starting to show in other ways. 

European venture deal-making shows signs of recovery, but for how long?

European venture capital data is down sharply from prior highs in the third quarter, but there’s enough bullish material inside the data that the European startup scene has quite a lot going for it.

The venture market is overcorrecting

This week, Equity was joined by Gené Teare, a well-known analyst of the global venture capital market from Crunchbase and Crunchbase News.

The Q3 venture capital market explained in five charts

The TechCrunch+ team has charted the most important VC data we've seen thus far in Q3 to help you better understand where global startup investing really is today.

The global VC market continues to stumble

Venture deal volume has fallen every quarter since Q2 2022 across the world, and the trend shows no signs of reversing.

Why we’re seeing so many seed-stage deals in fintech

Welcome back to The Interchange, where we take a look at the hottest fintech news of the previous week. If you want to receive The Interchange directly in your inbox every Sunday, head here to sign

Venture’s Q2 was calm (and that’s not good)

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. So, what happened in venture capital during Q2 2023? A lot,

Welcome to the new venture normal

The U.S. VC market has seemingly found a new normal: the number of deals and amount of dollars invested in startups so far this year is stabilizing.

As the value of startup exits craters, poor liquidity may be harming VCs’ ability to raise capital

The situation will not resolve over night, but a few more big exits could go a long way to brighten up 2023.

As $100M+ venture rounds evaporate, IPOs might have to carry the weight

There are very few ways to raise nine figures of equity capital.

Keeping tabs on dry powder and university spinouts

The start of a new season is always a good time to revisit past predictions and look for new topics to track. Today, dry powder and university spinouts.

It’s beyond time we started worrying about unicorn exits

Until the IPO window reopens — or until unicorns are willing to be dehorned on the way out — there is little reason to hope that exit activity will perk up.

Without the Stripe and OpenAI deals, global VC results would have been even worse in Q1 2023

The numbers aren't great, sure, but they're also not quite as bad as we feared heading into 2023 last year.

How hard was it to raise venture capital in Q1?

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 pe

The lowdown for European startups looking to raise money in 2023

We’re looking at Europe's Q1 2023 venture capital tallies and considering the three largest venture markets in the region: the U.K., Germany and France.

Q1 VC results tread water, but that’s cold comfort for SaaS unicorns

PitchBook data shows how far venture activity has fallen from year-ago totals and just how brutal the venture capital market appears for late-stage startups.

As banks totter, crypto is busy racking up gains

Hello and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is Alex and we are here to do our Monday show, a kicko
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