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With liquidity rare, VCs may get creative to return investor cash

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Y Combinator wants 100 times more MRI scans

Leveraging resources such as virtual data rooms and shared labs makes it easier for biotech startups to grow. This is good news: We need more companies attacking cancer from novel angles.

Safety by design

Tech's ability to reinvent the wheel can mean ignoring truths that others have learned. But new founders are sometimes figuring it out for themselves faster than predecessors.

AI is going to save software companies’ dreams of growth

It appears emerging price points for AI-powered software products will boost the total addressable market for technology products and help reaccelerate growth at tech companies big and small.

Medium news, startups: If you start generating cash, you can sell for 4x ARR

Everbridge's deal shows that startups shouldn't expect their valuations to be salvaged that much by cash generation if their growth is all but zero.

Tech layoffs scale to three-quarter high

It's not hard to spot the human pain in the market today.

Why there’s no clear winning pricing strategy in B2B SaaS

New data from Maxio indicates that both consumption and subscription pricing have their advantages when it comes to growth, but not at the same time.

Reddit at $5B seems eminently reasonable

Reddit's feeling out its own IPO valuation is crucial, especially given that hightened regulatory scrutiny is restricting M&A as an exit avenue for unicorns.

Can AI do ugly?

Some thoughts on AI aesthetics, the challenge of uninsurability, and how to pitch a biotech startup to non-experts.

Yes, the tech layoff surge you are feeling is real

January has thus far seen 23,670 known tech layoffs, sourced from 85 known reductions, and hitting tech shops big and small.

VCs are not done betting on fintech

Which startups are drawing the most praise from venture folks? A new list compiled by GGV US provides some hints.

AI startups’ margin profile could ding their long-term worth

Despite all the enthusiasm, there's a niggling detail that deserves our attention: AI startups often have worse economics than most software startups.

Can crypto’s recent wins resurrect venture interest?

Like a tenacious balloon, no matter how hard crypto gets knocked down, it tends to float back up again. But the current crypto bust looks a bit different.

The two faces of AI

We all make mistakes. But sometimes we forget that technology does, too — especially when it comes to AI, which is still in its early days in many respects.

Private equity could be the last resort for startups struggling to exit

Startups are in a difficult spot. But the good news is that some untraveled and overgrown exit paths have a chance of opening up this year.

Counting down to the Reddit IPO (again)

Let's make one thing clear: Reddit going public in the first quarter is not going to throw the IPO window wide open for other private tech companies.

I’m sorry but you owe me 27% because I said so

This is a concept of user ownership that really rubs me the wrong way.

The mobile regulatory landscape is changing at an inconvenient time for Apple

With the tech world fighting to win the AI race while smartphone sales slow and regulations chip away at its legacy revenue streams, Apple has its work cut out for it.

Nasdaq CEO’s comments about IPOs portend sunny skies ahead for the tech industry

More than 100 companies are getting ready to go public on Nasdaq after filing confidentially with the SEC, Barron's quoted Nasdaq's CEO Adena Friedman as saying.

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.
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