Kate Clark, The Information

Kate Clark

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Recent:
  • The Information
Past:
  • TechCrunch
  • PitchBook Data
  • The Seattle Times

Recent articles by Kate:

Amid Downturn, Silicon Valley’s Balance of Power Shifts From Startups to VCs —

For years, entrepreneurs have called the shots in Silicon Valley’s startup ecosystem as an abundance of capital chased a limited supply of good ideas.But in a matter of weeks, as businesses everywhere lurch to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pendulum has swung decidedly back toward ... → Read More

Layoffs Accelerate Across Silicon Valley Startups —

As the world braces for a recession triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, venture capital–backed startups across several industries are making significant cuts to their employee numbers.Four companies have cut roughly 20% of their workforce in an effort to reduce cash burn rates and increase ... → Read More

Business as Usual—Remotely —

Last week, Google, Microsoft, Apple and other big tech companies began encouraging tens of thousands of their employees to work from home, in a dramatic response to help curb the coronavirus pandemic.Then there are people like Dave McJannet, whose company didn’t have to send employees home— ... → Read More

Big Stunts, Small Checks: Shrug Capital’s Unusual Rise —

Niv Dror used to ride his motorcycle up and down Sand Hill Road to ogle the entrances to Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and other iconic venture capital firms. Then working as an accountant auditing Chris Sacca’s Lowercase Capital, Dror grew obsessed with powerful people and how they ... → Read More

VCs Brace for Fundraising Delays Amid Outbreak —

For venture capitalist James Wang, the spread of the coronavirus in mainland China last month came at an inopportune time—as he was raising money in Asia for a new investment fund. After signing up a Taiwanese sovereign wealth fund as an investor in the fund, he canceled the Hong Kong leg of his ... → Read More

Marc Andreessen’s Secret Weapon for Finding Startup Investments —

When Lucy Guo pitched Andreessen Horowitz in 2016 on an early funding round for her company, an artificial intelligence startup called Scale, the high-powered venture capital firm passed on the deal.In 2019, Guo sent a cold email to Chris Dixon, a general partner at the firm, asking again for ... → Read More

SoftBank’s Troubles Leave Startups Vulnerable —

Priorities shifted quickly late last year at Oyo, a startup Indian hotel chain backed by SoftBank. Executives had prioritized revenue growth, but now they were asking a different question in meetings: How can we be ready for an IPO?The realization underlines a harsh new reality for many ... → Read More

Sequoia Expands Seed Investing Team as Rivals Loom —

Sequoia Capital, already one of the most influential venture capital firms in the world, is putting more boots on the ground to make sure it doesn’t miss out on the next big early-stage startups.In an unusually large expansion of its investing team, Sequoia has hired four new partners—Bogomil ... → Read More

Venture Capital’s New Normal: Outsized Checks and Unsolicited Offers —

Last year, Papaya Global, a financial services business based in New York City and Tel Aviv, pitched investors on its hopes of raising $15 million to expand the business, according to a person familiar with the situation. But after talks with venture capital firm Insight Partners, Papaya ended ... → Read More

Lambda School’s Growing Pains: Big Buzz, Student Complaints —

Silicon Valley has no shortage of companies promising to disrupt higher education with technology. The buzziest of them all may be Lambda School, a company that provides free coding courses in exchange for a cut of its students’ future incomes.The online school has won a following among ... → Read More

Startups Weekly: Oyo’s toxicity + A farewell –

In this week's newsletter: India's growing pains, Brazil's latest venture funding and how to pitch journalists. → Read More

Away, #PelotonGate, and predictions for 2020 –

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Kate and Alex and the ever-intrepid man behind the dials, Chris, took the time this week to dig into the two biggest stories from the end of 2019 and look into the future. But as you’ll quickly […] → Read More

In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment –

Companies in Seattle raised a record $3.5B in VC funding this year. → Read More

Startups Weekly: 2019’s dead startups –

In this week's newsletter: Munchery, Scaled Inference, Unicorn and the other startups that folded this year. → Read More

Remembering the startups we lost in 2019 –

All manner of startups fail for all manner of reasons. But there’s one constant: this is an incredibly difficult business. Launching a successful company isn’t just a matter of drive and finding the right people (though both, clearly, are important). Doing well in this business requires the stars to align perfectly on a billion different […] → Read More

Centaurs, centurions, centipedes: the $100M ARR CLUB –

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate was in SF, Alex was in Providence, and there was a mountain of news to shovel through. If you’re here because we mentioned linking to a certain story in the show notes, that’s here. For […] → Read More

#ANGELS founding partner raises $25M for debut fund Moxxie Ventures –

Katie Jacobs Stanton plans to invest in "underrepresented and underestimated" founders. → Read More

SAP spinout Sapphire Ventures raises $1.4B for new investments –

Sapphire Ventures invests in Series B to pre-IPO enterprise tech companies. → Read More

Equity Dive: Direct Listings –

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. → Read More

US VC investment in female founders hits all-time high –

Female founders raised 2.8% of venture capital this year. → Read More