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Chrysler’s first EV draws inspiration from the Pacifica minivan

Based on the Chrysler Airflow crossover concept, this inaugural EV is tasked with setting the design direction for parent company Stellantis’ $35 billion investment in bringing more EVs to market.

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.

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.

Why a16z pitched Deel to lead its Series A

Deel CEO Alex Bouaziz didn't have a pitch deck to share on TechCrunch Live. That's because Deel raised a total of $629 million without one.

Mayfield’s Arvind Gupta discusses startup fundraising during a downturn

"It's important as an investor to be extremely humble, because we're going to be wrong a lot. I have this phrase that I use all the time: knowledge competes with imagination."

Dive deep into Snorkel.AI’s pitch technique that raised $135m

Snorkel.AI's co-founder, and CEO, Alex Ratner, and Greylock partner Saam Motamedi talk about the importance of storytelling when fundraising.

Robotics founders: Build your pitch deck around problem-solving, not technology

In a recent episode of TechCrunch Live, Agility's Jonathan Hurst and Playground Global's Bruce Leak joined us to discuss the robotic company's journey from the lab to the commercial sector.

Leverage early investors when raising a Series A, says DeepScribe’s Akilesh Bapu

"When I walked out of the meeting, I went immediately to one of my partners, and was like, 'Finally, I found the company that is following the right approach," said Index Ventures' Nina Achadjian.

Inside the pitch deck that won Heartbeat Health’s first investment check

"We look for founders who have a combination of domain insight and domain experience," said Kindred Ventures' Kanyi Maqubela.

Unit’s Itai Damti explains how the company fundraises using culture and value

Unit CEO and co-founder Itai Damti broke down the company's pitch deck with investor Emmalyn Shaw.

How Rocket Lab questions the fundamentals of building both rockets and launch companies

"You've got to help create this environment that ultimately you want to participate and thrive in."

In 2021, space investors watched stars form in real time

"Carl Sagan had it right, with Voyager and the pale blue dot: If you're anywhere else in the known universe, Earth is the most interesting place to study and be part of."

How to build a better rocket company

We spoke to three rocket makers who have either already launched, achieved orbit or are well on their way: Firefly Aerospace's Lauren Lyons, Astra's Benjamin Lyon and Launcher's Max Haot.
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