We’re still in founder-friendly market, kind of – TechCrunch

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I’ve thought a lot about silos or the lack thereof in startupland. Sometimes an artificial wall is erected between companies at different stages of growth, when in reality everyone is sitting in the same room, clinking glasses and tripping over the same carpet.

Let me be more specific. As the late-stage market for tech companies has cooled, many early-stage investors say their portfolio companies aren’t too affected because they’re years away from an exit and have enough capital to weather uncertainty. The same energy was evident at TechCrunch Early Stage this week. Stellation Capital’s Peter Boyce II timidly told me that based on the term sheet he wrote yesterday we’re still definitely in a founder-friendly market, while a couple of entrepreneurs not-so-subtly reminded me that we still are experimental bets exist Landing of significant financing rounds.

I believe in optimism and consider this time in the early stages of startups as one correction, no billing. But, new PitchBook and NVCA data shows that the dollars are changing across the board.

Read my TechCrunch+ column for my full opinion: “Let’s stop pretending that there are silos in startup land.” In the rest of this newsletter we will be talking about social fintech, a new TC-1 on Kindbody and some hostile takeover history. As always, you can support me by forwarding this newsletter to a friend, Follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my personal blog.

offer of the week

I covered braid, a social fintech game that wants to make shared purses with friends mainstream. The startup recently rolled out a new twist on consumer payment connections: People can set up a braid pool for any effort — a fund for this summer’s trip to Italy, shared car gas costs, or a kitty they can use for monthly book club snacks — and then send it a link to friends who want to deposit money. The money then goes directly into the wallet and the creator can manage it alone or together with participants.

Therefore it is important: Fintech can’t just build for the smartest, most proactive person in the room, so I like that Braid is the middle ground between the friend who always splits the bill at the end of dinner and the one who gets overwhelmed with calculating and dividing the bill tips. um, me Sharing something as emotional as money definitely comes with challenges — which I outline in my piece – but it also begins a fascinating conversation.


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The child body TC-1

Ra Witte buried in the history of childbodya fertility startup that has raised $154.7 million in well-known venture capital to date with a revolutionary mindset: It matters that patients feel heard and comfortable.

That’s why it’s important: We know that “Holistic health” is the buzzword for digital health Company, so there are natural questions as to whether Kindbody’s approach to fertility support is actually effective. That, from one of the storiesgives me hope

Fertility patients have different needs and their experiences on the portal reflect this. An LGBTQ+ patient will not be asked the same questions or given the same information as a heterosexual couple because their fertility journey is biologically different. When patients register, they indicate how they identify themselves and which services they use. This personalization continues throughout the patient’s journey, both during visits and through the portal.

The whole series:

Illustration by Kindbody TC-1 on TechCrunch

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Hostile takeover, anyone?

Elon Musk made headlines again this week with his fixation on Twitter. This time, the billionaire offered to buy Twitter, which sent its stock prices skyrocketing TechCrunch delves into the history of hostile takeovers. Put simply, a hostile takeover occurs when a company or person attempts to take over another company against the wishes of management. It’s spicy.

Therefore it is important: I mean, for anyone following the Twitter and Musk saga, it’s important to understand how realistic it is that a takeover actually happens. As Kyle Wiggers taught me in his play these acquisitions are usually doomed to fail somehowthanks to poison pills and power balances.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a minute:

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About the week

  • TechCrunch Early Stage 2022 was so damn fun. Thank you to everyone who attended, asked questions and said hello as it was really exciting for the team to be able to meet the readers in person after far too long. If you missed the event, a recap of all panels will be posted on TechCrunch+ over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
  • Snag Tickets for next month’s event: TechCrunch mobilitya two-day hybrid conference with top investors, founders and thought leaders from the automotive industry.
  • And finally, in case you missed last week’s Startups Weeklyread here: Crypto’s latest disruption could be investor expectations and listen to a podcast about it here: Venture needs crypto more than crypto venture needs.

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Until next time,


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