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Some frank advice for open-source startups seeking product-market fit

Unlike most software companies, open source startups have two journeys for finding product-market fit: building a product that users can use for...

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How 3 tech companies are navigating a complicated macro environment

We talked to the CEOs of Appian, Amplitude, and BigCommerce about how to best navigate the present market conditions in terms of investment and...

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Squaring Databricks’ 2021 valuation as it crosses a $1B annual run rate

With $1 billion or more worth of annualized revenue, what can we learn about Databricks' growth rate, and how well does its valuation slot into...

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What does $2.8B buy you in today’s market?

The premium Thoma Bravo paid for Ping may look steep, but there is some logic to it.

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What downturn? Investors remain bullish on HR tech as the Great Resignation slows

HR tech platforms are still getting a lot of investor attention, despite headwinds at the macroeconomic level that have the potential to affect their...

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Flipping the sales script: How to break biases and diversify sales teams

Technology leaders don’t like to admit it, but sales has a perception problem that deters many fabulous candidates — especially women and...

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Recurring revenue growth is the key to overcoming economic headwinds

A new report from Capchase, a provider of nondilutive financing tools, finds that successful startups in economically challenging times share several...

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OpenView’s Kyle Poyar shares how to build a standout software company in the 2020s

The best software companies of the 2020s will be built over the next 12 months. But the way to build and scale a standout company in the 2020s...

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The rise of API-first companies, in fintech and beyond

It's not just in fintech that API solutions are on the rise – and helping solve a great range of problems.

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Growing up enterprise for SaaS startups: 7 lessons on doing it right

A lot of founders make the mistake of thinking that hiring a bunch of highly paid account executives (a fancy name for salespeople) is the same as...

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Why it’s so hard to market enterprise AI/ML products and what to do about it

Healthy pipeline generation is the bugbear of the AI/ML industry, yet there is very little content on how to address it.

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Should Oracle or Alphabet buy VMWare instead of Broadcom?

The fact that we did not foresee Broadcom as a potential suitor underscores our view that we don’t fully grok if it’s the correct buyer for...

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Cisco’s latest results indicate a reckoning may soon be at hand

Cisco's acquisitive approach has helped it report decent revenue growth over the years, but the disruption dogs might have finally caught up.

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AI’s role is poised to change monumentally in 2022 and beyond

We are in the early days of what it's going to look like when we're supported by ambient computing tools all the time.

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Monday.com’s earnings are a vibe check for unicorns

Monday.com is a good example of how SaaS companies are being graded along a much steeper curve than they once were.

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The stock market is down, but these 4 tech companies prove there’s still good news out there

We took a look at earnings results from Cloudflare, Confluent, Amplitude, and Appian to gauge how the market is treating even results that seem...

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Pitch Deck Teardown: Momentum’s $5M seed pitch deck

Last year, Momentum closed a lead investor for its seed round without even creating a pitch deck. Once a lead was secured, it created a deck to fill...

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As Dropbox heads into earnings, it desperately needs a win

Consumer and business file storage and sharing service Dropbox will report its first-quarter earnings tomorrow, and for the former unicorn and...

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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.

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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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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.

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Salesforce and Twitter are both lucky their purported $20B deal failed in 2016

What if history gone a bit differently and Salesforce had bought Twitter in 2016? We spoke to some analysts who cover the CRM industry to get their...

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Rethinking Databricks’ valuation amid a changing market

How much will the changing valuation of software companies impact the biggest private unicorns? Also, why hasn't Databricks gone public yet? The...

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Yep, startup prices are falling

New data provides more evidence that what Instacart went through earlier this year could prove to be more harbinger of what's to come than a...

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MLB forays into the future with new tech for the old ball game

Major League Baseball may have started in the 19th century and come of age in the 20th, but it has definitely embraced technology today.

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Is the SaaS selloff over?

The decline in the value of annual recurring revenue, or ARR, may be over, but there's also scant indication that we're about to see a...

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About that Deel ARR number

Deel shared that it crossed the $100 million ARR threshold, a key moment for any technology upstart as it implies that it has reached public-market...

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Unpacking SailPoint’s $6.9B sale to private equity firm Thoma Bravo

To understand why SailPoint is selling and Thoma Bravo is buying, we'll need to peek into the company's results.

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