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How investors can still get strong returns from late-stage tech startups

For investors, now is a good time to start seeing the opportunities while also protecting themselves against potential risks down the line.

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The cybersecurity funding bubble hasn’t burst — but it’s starting to deflate

Despite a slowdown in financing and an apparent over-investment in certain cybersecurity subsectors, investors don’t expect doom and gloom for the...

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From NDA to LOI: What really happens when your startup is being acquired?

While IPOs may get more headlines, a well-timed, well-planned acquisition can mean even larger opportunities for you, your team and the technologies...

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5 tips for scaling your green startup during a funding drought

Green startups now need to refine their strategies for raising VC money during the scaling stage, especially when they begin assessing their defining...

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A niche facet of startup employee pay, explained

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our...

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WTF is a 409A?

In the past few months, both Stripe and Instacart have seen their internal valuations updated in a 409A appraisal process. What is this all about,...

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Stripe’s new and lower internal valuation, explained

As one of the most richly valued startups in history, is Stripe's internal valuation cut as bearish as the big numbers might lead some to...

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Fundraising tips for early and midstage startups in 2022

As valuations continue to undulate, the most important thing founders and CEOs can do is show investors that when a downturn hits, your startup can...

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Crypto startup Blockdaemon continues acquisition spree, buying Sepior

The deal marks the startup's fourth acquisition in two years and its second since buying NFT aggregator Gem in March

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How many unicorns are just ponies now?

If Instacart, which was able to raise aggressively during the pandemic, is actually worth a fraction of what investors calculated last year, what...

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Mark-to-market to arrive at a realistic valuation and improve your fundraising odds

Tech companies that continue to hold on to their unrealistic 2021 valuations will find it very challenging to finance or sell the company and may...

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London fails to retain Atlassian as it heads Stateside in search of a ‘broader set’ of investors

Despite multiple overtures by the British government to woo tech companies and keep the largest ones from defecting to the US, the latest example of...

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So are we in a startup recession or what?

There's perhaps more capital in the private markets than investors really want to admit.

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4 negotiation points startup founders must focus on in a down market

As founders bend over backward to get backing, legal due diligence can sometimes go overlooked.

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Most startups were overvalued before 2021, and now it’s causing problems

In a normalizing market like this one, once-inflated valuations can become a big problem, particularly for founders, employees and early investors.

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Use chronological scenario planning to help your startup get through a potential recession

We have spent over a decade being conditioned to plan for the upside. But getting really good at preparing for the downside will help you thrive...

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Late-stage tech companies must do right by their employees: Reassess your 409A valuations

Though it may seem counterintuitive, a lowered valuation could reap benefits for your employees and your company’s recruitment efforts.

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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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Venture funding in Europe is declining faster than in the US — but causing much less panic

The U.S. has seen monthly funding drop 36.7% through the end of May, while Europe saw a decline of 50% in the same period. But it doesn't feel...

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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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How startups should handle the downturn

Each company is unique and faces diverse circumstances during a downturn. The best advice for handling the downturn should be based on the length of...

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8 factors to consider when fundraising during a downturn

The key difference between 2022 and previous downturns is that this contraction was anticipated for a long time, whereas the previous downturns were...

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Bud raises $80M more to expand its AI-based open banking platform, used to power lending tools and more

Embedded finance — where financial services companies and others bring in different kinds of fintech technology by way of APIs to enhance their...

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What connects the stock market contraction to startup valuations?

This is the most critical impact of downturns: Venture capital funds will have a more challenging time raising money to invest, which translates into...

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Data intelligence startup Near, with 1.6B anonymized user IDs, lists on Nasdaq via SPAC at a $1B market cap; raises $100M

Data intelligence company Near announced it would be listing on Nasdaq by way of a merger with KludeIn I Acquisition Corp.

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Only 1 in 6 unicorns are true IPO candidates today

How did we wind up with so many unicorns and so few IPO-ready private technology companies with IPO-scale valuations?

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Gusto raises an extension round, following Faire as unicorns react to a changing market

The HR-tech unicorn raised an extension to its Series E, and other companies are likely to follow suit

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Daily Crunch: Terraform Labs CEO goes public with strategy to re-peg sliding UST stablecoin

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

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