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Today’s startup layoffs have nothing on the 2020 correction

The point at which layoffs started to rise as a percentage of all changes to startup employment was loosely the same moment that everyone decided...

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Why a crypto exchange might want to buy Robinhood

Why would a crypto exchange be even interested in buying Robinhood? Let's talk about it.

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What’s a fintech even worth these days?

Fintech was the hottest thing around last year, a fact that may now turn into a venture capital and startup headache.

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25 French unicorns, 25 French unicorns, do I hear 100?

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes there will be 100 French unicorns by 2030. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, 10 homegrown decacorns. But...

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The new unicorn litmus test

Zendesk agreed to sell itself to an investor collective for $10.2 billion. An 11-figure sale of any company is notable, but in the case of Zendesk,...

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Are crypto trading fees heading to zero?

The market is still working out what to charge to buy and sell digital assets today. The trend, however, is clear.

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Selling to startups is not the same as selling to SMBs

Brex's recent decision to exit part of the SMB market was big news. In this context, we want to talk about just what an SMB is and how not all...

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Klarna’s potential valuation cut to $15B appears sufficiently steep

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Klarna, a European buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) provider, is considering raising capital at a valuation of...

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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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Could this ‘quiet company’ kick open the IPO window?

TextNow went to market with a product that customers wanted, focused on its unit economics, and did not grow ahead of its ability to generate gross...

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This isn’t the company I expected to try and open the IPO window

When dying of thirst, one doesn't check the label on the water bottle found lying on the ground. You just drink it. So let's twist the cap...

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Why software valuations could drop more if things don’t change soon

If you feel cloud and software stocks should not trade for less than their historical average, then you have cause to cheer. But is that a valid...

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Bidding adieu to the SPAC craze

The implosion of the SPAC boom has proven a multi-quarter process. We may be in the final throes of the experiment, at least from a startup...

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What’s the catalyst behind the crypto crash?

We put together a list of issues currently tripping up the web3 market, which is inclusive of everything from cryptocurrencies and decentralized...

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Why some startups don’t want to be called that

"We're not a startup, we're a scaleup." Why would a tech company say that? Let's explore.

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Investor demands for profitability catch tech companies flat-footed

DocuSign has committed the new cardinal sin of technology companies: losing more money as growth slows.

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The NFT slump is real (really)

The data doesn't appear to indicate that there is a more attractive way to view NFT activity today. It is, by a number of measuring methods,...

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GitLab proves it’s possible to get a better valuation for your software company

GitLab just showed that it's possible to make investors so very happy that they reprice you by more than 25% in a single day. Let's find...

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It’s correction time for Latin American VC activity

Let’s dig into the early Q2 data on venture capital investment into LatAm startups, and then discuss the halo effect — or lack thereof — of...

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The revenge of the quiet companies

Some private technology companies in less flashy markets didn't fall prey to the 2021 hype cycle and are, in some cases, chugging toward an IPO....

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The ‘unicorn glut’ theory of startup misery

The 2020-2021 boom in venture capital totals was, to some degree, a unicorn bonanza.

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For mental health startups, happiness is in niches

Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name....

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As the downturn hits crypto, a key startup investment source may slow

None of this should be a surprise; the business cycle always turns.

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As fintech valuations fall, even Stripe isn’t immune to a changing market

Why didn't these mega-unicorns with valuations north of $10 billion just go public when the markets were screaming for their stock?

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Re-rethinking Databricks’ valuation in a more conservative startup market

To understand how much the late-stage market has changed in the last few months, we're once again pulling public market data that we will...

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Cannabis, sex tech and psychedelics startups deserve more than stigma

Cannabis, sex tech and psychedelics are often lumped under the "vice" category — a characterization that prevents many VCs from investing...

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What’s the TAM for paid newsletters?

While Substack was correct that it had identified a niche worth exploiting, it may not be a market slice that is amenable to venture-speed revenue...

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Perhaps faster delivery times were a poor choice from a unit-economics perspective

Not every q-commerce company will fail. But startups that raised huge sums of money to build super-rapid consumer delivery models are laying off...

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