Fundraising

How a pivot helped HopSkipDrive emerge successful in a sector where many failed

Joanna McFarland got the idea for HopSkipDrive in 2014 because she needed a solution to a problem that many working parents like herself face: How do you consistently get your kids where they need to

Pitch Deck Teardown: Party Round’s $7M pre-seed deck

Let's take a look at the deck that Party Round used to raise $7 million.

Ideon Technologies digs up $16M Series A to use particle physics to find critical minerals

The startup’s technology promises to significantly slash some of the the time and expense of mineral exploration while also allowing mining companies to be more targeted in their extraction efforts.

Stop spending so much time on your product when pitching to investors

It's natural for founders to live and breathe for their customers and product, but the dirty little secret of fundraising is that your investors are extraordinarily unlikely to care about your product

Emerging managers should take advantage of the slower fundraising market by courting LPs

LPs may not have as much cash on hand as before but they may have something more important — time.

How to create a due diligence road map for Series B investors

By keeping the information you provide tightly coupled with the initial story that captured investor interest, you create momentum within the partnership.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Helu.io’s $9.8M Series A deck

Can Austrian startup Helu.io, which completed a €9.8 million round in July and focuses on financial planning and analysis, show the rest of us how a pitch deck should be done?

Getting serious about Series B: 3 documents that will help founders control the narrative

Founders should think of three primary documents as their holy trinity: the deck, the strategy memo and the forecast model to capture attention and ensure info is transmitted clearly.

Multifamily housing has missed the solar boom. PearlX wants to fix that with $70M Series B

Energy startup hopes to bring the financial and climate benefits of solar and storage to renters.

Funds can no longer just be a source of capital

Rather than the main focus being on the next funding round, founders have the opportunity to reprioritize and rebuild. Funds can do that, too.

VC fundraising gets weird as autumn nears

The first half of 2022 broke fundraising records at VC firms, but everyone we spoke to expected fundraising to slow by the end of the year. While it is slowing down, it's also getting weird.

Our 10 favorite startups from YC’s S22 Demo Day: Part 2

This list is for fun, in no particular order -- just startups that stood out to TechCrunch reporters for one reason or another.

Where is Y Combinator startup-hunting in 2022?

YC's smaller cohort had us curious about the second-order effects of admitting fewer companies: What would a smaller batch do to the geographic makeup of the companies at the accelerator?

5 metrics Series A investors look for at dev-tools startups

The most important metric VCs want to see is non-linear organic growth of your product’s user base, including usage expansion within specific teams.

Odyssey Energy Solutions continues quest to electrify developing economies with $5.3M seed

The startup's platform enables the planning, financing, building and operating of distributed renewable energy projects in developing economies.

Our 11 favorite companies from YC’s S22 Demo Day: Part 1

TechCrunch is tuned in, as always, to YC's Demo Day, and in keeping with our historical coverage, we compiled a list of our favorites from the first day’s pitches.

Delving into YC’s diversity data following a category shakeup

It’s possible, given that some Black and Latinx founders may identify as multiracial, that the new category contributed to a drop in monoracial demographic categories.

Smart vent startup Flair nabs $7.6M Series A to decarbonize buildings

Flair offers smart vents and thermostats that can balance heating and cooling across a home, potentially slashing energy use.

Have you marked down your portfolio yet? You are running out of time to hide

To mark down your portfolio or not mark down your portfolio? That is a question many venture capitalists are grappling with right now.

These are the top 3 most important slides in your pitch deck

Some slides carry more weight than others -- and three of them are absolutely crucial.
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