Market Analysis

It’s foie gras season in unicorn land

EquityZen shared insights on secondary stock sales and a few IPO predictions that gave us food for thought.

Tech’s growth story shifted this year. How has that impacted transparency?

Vijay Chattha, a seasoned startup comms expert, appeared on the Equity podcast to talk with Natasha Mascarenhas about startup storytelling and vulnerability.

The era of constant innovation at Amazon could be over

Watching AWS re:Invent this week, it was hard to get excited about the announcements, and it seems the age of innovation could be ending.

Bird’s plan to stay in the shared scooter game

Bird CEO and president Shane Torchiana predicts a major consolidation in the industry, with two or three companies coming out on top. Bird, he said, has a chance to be one of those companies.

Q&A: ‘Better Venture’ authors on why VC has failed to reinvent itself

"Better Venture" serves as a guide for those looking to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the venture space.

Box reaches $1B run rate in spite of a quarter dogged by currency challenges

Box launched in 2005 out of a dorm room. This week, after 17 years in business, the SaaS company reached a $1 billion run rate.

ChatGPT isn’t putting me out of a job yet, but it’s very good fun

I had to see if I was in near-term employment trouble, so I ran a little test with the ChatGPT model. Here are the results.

Startup valuations are declining — but not consistently

Some startups saw their valuations decline in 2021's bull market, some were in line with the public market, and some haven't declined at all.

No one seemed to see Bret Taylor stepping away from Salesforce (even Marc Benioff)

Salesforce co-CEO Bret Taylor's resignation was a shock, and it’s safe to say that few if any saw this coming — even his mentor, Marc Benioff.

How Up.Labs threads the needle between corporate venture capital and accelerators

Up.Labs thinks its pitch to founding teams is attractive: It has a known problem, a customer waiting and capital to help get things going.

Book Excerpt: ‘Better Venture’ looks at how the current venture model connects to the slave trade

"Better Venture" looks at VC's past and proposes new ways of thinking about startup fundraising.

Series A rounds are looking a little crunchy in the United States

For seed-stage founders, the steep fundraising road now has two guard towers placed at the A and C stages.

As BlockFi files for bankruptcy, how contagious will FTX’s downfall become?

BlockFi joined FTX, Celsius, Three Arrows Capital and Voyager in bankruptcy proceedings. Some wonder which crypto firm could be next.

As tech companies seek to limit losses, a reminder of how far some have to go

If Bilibili and Twilio are enduring headaches as investors molt from growth-oriented to more profit-focused beasts, how much harder will it be for startups?

If EVs can work in rental car fleets, they can work anywhere

I am what you might call Tesla-curious, so I rented one from Hertz over Thanksgiving. Here's how it went.

On affinity-focused fintechs, the future of BNPL and more

An interview with the co-founders of VC firm Fiat Ventures and sister arm Fiat Growth discussing fintechs trends, customer acquisition and more.

A scale story: TechCrunch’s parent company links up with Taboola

Taboola expects to get bigger, more profitable and more self-sustaining than before thanks to Yahoo.

Lawyers see crypto regulation coming in 2023 because industry needs to rebuild trust

Given the scale of the damage from the bankruptcies of FTX, Celsius and Voyager, legal frameworks for the crypto industry could come next year.

Efficient growth? No problem, bootstrapped startups say

When it comes to efficient growth, bootstrapped startups have a leg up, Capchase's recent Pulse of SaaS report shows.

Meet 5 startups working to harness the Earth’s heat to save the planet

To tap into the massive amount of heat the Earth generates, enhanced geothermal startups are focused on advanced drilling techniques.
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