TechCrunch Early Stage 2022

Sequoia’s Jess Lee explains how VCs think about their deals

Jess Lee, a partner at Sequoia Capital, shared insights to help startup founders achieve more success when they pitch investors.

Hiring top startup talent on a budget during the Great Resignation

Greylock Partner Glen Evans: “I'm not saying you should overpay or anything like that, but you've got to invest in the earliest hires.“

Felicis Ventures partners share the four pillars of scaling a SaaS startup

At TechCrunch Early Stage, we sat down with Felicis Ventures partners Viviana Faga and Niki Pezeshki to talk about scaling, and why it's crucial to be "10x better" than the incumbents.

Pitch deck pro tips from a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist

Emergence Capital's Lotti Siniscalco breaks down how startup founders can create a killer pitch deck.

GV’s Frederique Dame on product-market fit: ‘You have one chance at a good experience’

"Understanding the user journey of your customers, and what you're doing with your product is really, really important,” said Frederique Dame. “Be obsessive and talk to customers as much as you ca

How to get into Y Combinator, according to YC’s Dalton Caldwell

At TechCrunch Early Stage, Y Combinator's Dalton Caldwell shared insights on the application process — what works on an application, what doesn't, and the right ways to stand out.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Immigration law Q&A, finding your problem, why a16z pitched Deel

This week, we're running several articles on entrepreneurship as TechCrunch staffers recap their conversations and panel discussions from our Early Stage event earlier this month. Stay tuned!

Raising a Series A in a market of mixed messages

For startups graduating past the seed stage and thinking about landing that coveted Series A, what’s the best way to navigate a market of mixed messages?

Sapphire Ventures’ Cathy Gao on how VCs can help early-stage startups weather volatility

If uncertainty is the only true certainty in this global economy, how does an early-stage startup gird itself?

How to know when it’s time for your startup to stop DIY-ing legal work

There’s a lot of work that needs to be done when building a startup, legally and professionally. And startup lawyers specializing in niche documents and processes can be useful resources.

Only 11 tickets left for tomorrow’s TechCrunch Early Stage

It’s time to trot out old Saint Expeditus, the patron saint of procrastinators, for an important reminder to those of you who could go pro when it comes to kicking the task-can down the road. TechCr

Grab one of the last 20 early-bird tickets to TC Early Stage and save $200

Budget-minded entrepreneurs and early-stage startup founders take heed — this is no time to procrastinate. We have only 20 early-bird tickets left for TechCrunch Early Stage 2022 in San Francisco on

VC Lotti Siniscalco shares dos and don’ts in the Pitch Deck Teardown at TC Early Stage

Perfect pitch, a singer’s ability to produce any given musical note without a reference tone, is a rare phenomenon — only 1-5 people out of every 10,000 have it. While your odds of creating a perf

Find out how AWS, Brex, Mayfield and Dell can help your company scale at TC Early Stage

If there’s one thing you’ll get out of attending TC Early Stage in San Francisco on April 14, it’s an accelerated education in the essentials of building a successful startup.  Seasoned founde

Unicorn founder Julia Collins shows how to tell your story to attract investors at TC Early Stage

What determines the trajectory of your company? Is it the quality of your idea, perfect product market fit, your bold plan to TAM? One thing trumps these other important factors. The pitch — it’s

Networking with CrunchMatch starts today for TechCrunch Early Stage

The ultimate educational experience for aspiring and newly minted founders — also known as TechCrunch Early Stage — kicks off on April 14 in San Francisco. We can’t wait to see you in person, bu

Grab your early-bird founder pass to TechCrunch Early Stage before prices increase

One of the best investments aspiring or freshly minted early-stage startup founders can make is attending TechCrunch Early Stage. Seriously, there’s no hype here. At this one-day founder-focused sum

Learn how to land your first investor from Sequoia’s Jess Lee at TC Early Stage

Tapping personal savings or invoking the friends and family plan are signature hallmarks of fledgling startup finance. Eventually though, the majority of early-stage founders will leave their bootstra

Atomic’s Hadley Wilkins defines the why, what and how of brand building at TC Early Stage

In the early stages of building a startup, founders need every competitive advantage they can bring to bear. You’re not only competing against established players, but also with other pre-launch sta

We’re breaking down usage-based pricing and growth strategies at TechCrunch Early Stage

Software as a service (SaaS) — both a revelation and a revolution — completely disrupted the decades-old software selling paradigm. It turned buying software from an infrequent, high-cost and, for
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