Startups Weekly

Stay gold, ‘Plaid for X’ startups

A failed acquisition usually triggers the same series of questions: What does this mean for early-stage startups in the sector? Will a chilling effect occur and hurt valuations? Will VCs stop funding

The next Zoom wants to be nothing like Zoom

In the past few months, there hasn’t been one conversation I’ve had about remote work that doesn’t include a mention of Hopin, a virtual events platform last valued at $2.1 billion.

The big question on every startup’s mind for 2021

My big question for 2021, and the one that is on every startup’s mind, is how will a cataclysmic event such as a global pandemic show up in post-pandemic innovation? I think we’re in the early

What startups can learn from this dumpster fire year

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How Zoox turned a failed Series C into the future

I often begin calls with founders by asking why they’re willing to bet their livelihoods on an idea that will most likely fail. It’s a small hack that lets me see how vulnerable a founder is, and

Investors double down on tech stocks in massive DoorDash, Airbnb, C3.ai IPOs

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It’s holiday season for tech unicorns

Did you follow all of the unicorn news from the last couple of weeks? No? Here’s a list of headlines to catch you up....

Affirm, Airbnb, C3.ai, Roblox, Wish file for tech IPO finale of 2020

For some of the most awaited Silicon Valley tech companies of the decade, this week looked good enough to file for IPOs

DoorDash IPO bets that the pandemic has accelerated change

DoorDash has become the go-to delivery choice for millions of people cooped up during the pandemic this year. Will they stay as life returns to normal after the vaccine? What will be "normal," anyway?

The gig economy, cannabis and car data are tech-election winners in 2020

As the US settles in for some new form of national gridlock, state and local propositions are busy defining how technology businesses will be allowed to work (legally) in the US.

The 2020s promise better tech solutions to humanity’s biggest problems

Let's think beyond Monday, for a minute, to the trends playing out in technology this coming decade. While humanity's problems have never been greater, our tools have never been better.

Was Quibi the good kind of startup failure?

Startup failure is easy to hold up as a type of martyrdom for progress, especially if the founders are starting out scrappy in the first place and trying to save the world. What about Quibi?

Solve the ‘dead equity’ problem with a longer founder vesting schedule

The four-year vesting schedule that the typical startup uses today is a problem waiting to happen. Here's how you can fix it forever.

Public investors stay in love with tech, as Root and Affirm file to IPO

Why there are so many tech IPOs right now.

Airbnb nears IPO as Asana and Palantir land their direct listings

World events have so far not stopped the enthusiasm for tech investing, and really, where else are those dollars going to go?

Is your startup the next TikTok?

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From Unity to Disrupt, tech has an especially optimistic week

Snowflake, Jfrog, Sumo Logic and Unity each raised price ranges days before IPO, to meet what had seemed like growing enthusiasm from public markets. Each one still popped.

Snowflake, Unity, JFrog move towards IPOs despite public market turmoil

Warren Buffet is eager to invest in a money-burning SaaS unicorn that is about to IPO.

The future of retail and office space is up in the air, and proptech investors are optimistic

The malls and grocery stores of the 20th century are being converted into industrial conveyor belts of goods and services traveling from the internet to your home.

Startups Weekly: With Asana, JFrog, Palantir, Snowflake, Sumo and Unity, we’re in peak season for tech IPOs

Pandemic numbers are looking better, it's still a couple months before US elections, and a growing line of tech companies have already ventured out into public markets successfully this summer.
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