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How quickly are startup layoffs accelerating?

Startup layoffs are back, and the damage is starting to add up.

Corporate venture investors pulled back in Q1 but less than you imagined

Looking at the changing pace of CVC activity, geographic trends and more.

On non-founder CEOs, turnarounds and priorities

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As FTX’s CEO eyes Robinhood, will we see crypto exchanges move into equities trading?

Would Coinbase be better off with a less fundamentalist stance and more diversified revenue streams? Yes? That would be the standard business advice?

VC investment into crypto startups peaked right before everything went to hell

We learned this week that crypto investors should have known better, at least a little. Let's talk about data, declines and early warning signs.

Coinbase’s difficult Q1 results complicate market for crypto startups

Last night, Coinbase's first-quarter earnings report sent its already-depressed stock plummeting, causing the former public-market darling's shares to dive below the $100 per-share mark.

As markets shift, Mercado Libre’s falling share price shows no company is safe

What then can we learn from Mercado Libre’s earnings report and ensuing valuation decline?

Hey look, another downturn

Paper unicorns are going to fold this year if their financial origami doesn't yield something truly surprising.

A changing of the guard

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The venture slowdown isn’t coming — it’s here

Venture capital dollar volume, as tracked by Crunchbase News, peaked in November 2021. Since then, the value of venture investments has ticked lower, dropping another $5 billion from March to April.

Will the corporate venture boom lead to an M&A frenzy?

Why recent CVC activity combined with the current climate for startups could result in a more active M&A market.

Here’s how far startup valuations fell in Q1 2022

A dataset from Carta, a unicorn whose software helps companies manage their cap table, showed valuations are in decline, but not evenly.

Who’s profiting from the Bored Ape digital land sale?

We can see that the Yuga Labs world represents a large portion of the aggregate NFT market as we understand it. Is there a bit too much centralization there?

No one told the crypto world that startup megadeals aren’t as plentiful anymore

Watching the mega-round venture world contract as the crypto world stays silly is a good reminder that the web3 world is in fact siloed from the rest of the global economy to a large degree.

On putting toothpaste back into the tube

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Robinhood’s sinking value is proof that ‘free’ can often be very costly

As it turns out, not charging for what was once a paid service is a great way to accrete customers, but it's also an at-times tricky way of making money.

If Musk makes Twitter less palatable for advertisers, it has few avenues to recoup lost incomes

It's not hard to see where Musk's plans for the social media giant could run into a financial reality that is anything but salubrious.

Consumer fintech trading revenues don’t measure up to SaaS ARR

Many things want to be considered SaaS. Few are.

As the pandemic wanes, VCs are investing less in health-focused startups

Riffing through CB Insights data regarding global VC investment into health tech, the word we came away with was "retreat."

Pandemic-fueled companies are finding the new reality hard to swallow

Could it be that companies that fell out of favor due to COVID-induced shifts in the economy are best prepared to excel this year?
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