Rebecca Szkutak

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Global venture funding plateaued in October, with valuations likely to blame

September made it seem like venture capital deal activity was starting to ramp up again, but October's numbers showed there is still a long way to go.

Nearly 80% of venture funds raised in just two states as US LPs retreat to the coasts

Most U.S. venture funds outside of the two largest startup hubs — San Francisco and New York — are feeling the frost from potential LPs.

Amid record dry powder, VCs are determined to fund anything but you

Many VCs have said they are sitting out this year. They aren't -- they're funding their friends and committing funds to companies that don't exist.

It’s not a rug pull if it’s an accident

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. We thought that last week was a lot. It was, but this week was

Colorado-based SpringTime Ventures pivots its focus for new $25 million fund

Denver-based SpringTime announced a $25 million second fund to cut checks ranging from $400,000 to $600,000 into U.S.-based seed-stage software companies.

Peloton co-founder John Foley is a rug guy now

Peloton co-founder John Foley's newest startup secured $25 million on the claim that the rug market requires innovation. Good luck with that.

3 founders discuss how to navigate the nuances of early-stage fundraising

The founders of Fiveable, Alloy Automation, and Parthean detailed their first fundraises at TechCrunch Disrupt.

3 VCs explain how founders can stand out when pitching

For investors Annie Case, Sheel Mohnot and Jomayra Herrera, the founders who manage to capture their attention are the ones who come to the pitch process prepared.

Why Q3’s median valuations actually make perfect sense

Valuations have been top of mind this year as VCs navigate their overvalued portfolios and founders scramble to conserve cash and grow into lofty valuations.

Operator Collective was early to bring on operators as LPs. Now it’s doubling down

When Operator Collective started in 2018, its idea of cultivating a community of operators as LPs to serve as a resource to its portfolio companies was unique. Now, it’s de rigueur as many firms

CVCs maintain stake in one-quarter of deals despite overall venture pullback

While other nontraditional investors have slowed their pace in 2022, CVCs have been in the largest percentage of deals yet.

Q3 data reminds us that venture debt is not a Hail Mary

Despite many thinking that venture debt would grow amid this year's equity pullback, that has not been the case.

6 investors share where they draw the line when it comes to ethical issues

Investors are paying more attention to founder and startup behavior and many won't invest in startups that could compromise their ethics.

The Muse buys Fairygodboss as roll-up acquisitions come to VC

The CEO of The Muse said that these smaller recruitment startups have a better shot at scale and success together than alone.

Could corporates be good matchmakers for startups and VCs?

Cloudflare recently announced a $1.25 billion funding program for startups that use its Workers software with VCs footing the bill.

Convective Capital’s $35 million answer to the increasing threat of wildfires

Wildfires have become an ever-increasing threat as houses are built closer together and the growing impacts of climate change wreak havoc on natural landscapes. Entrepreneurs, in response, have starte

Startups and VCs are increasingly embracing the federal government. Here’s why

Enterprise startups are increasingly turning their attention to landing the federal government as a customer -- and VCs are all-in.

Yeah, no, most VCs still don’t really care about your path to profitability

Despite many VCs saying they were going to focus on startups with good underlying business fundamentals, they still favor growth.

Why a Memphis VC is betting $52M on startups selling to complex orgs

Ridgeline is a new VC firm that invests in B2B companies with a specific goal in mind: helping its portfolio companies sell to complex organizations that are hard to crack, but can be great customers

Form Bio says now is the time to launch — despite cooling software sales

Form Bio was incubated within Colossal Biosciences and now is hoping to bring its workflow systems to other computational biology companies.
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