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Walter Thompson


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Recent articles by Walter:

TC+ roundup: Silicon Valley Bank fails, fintech VC survey, B2B growth tools

Silicon Valley's favorite bank just failed. Sit with that for a moment. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Finding the right LPs, ocean conservation, inside Uber’s pre-seed deck

Startups often lack a deep bench of managerial talent, which means layoffs are usually handled with little empathy and poor communication. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: M&A red flags, handling problematic CEOs, E-1 visa questions

Early-stage investors don't closely manage the founders they shower with cash, even when things go off the rails. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Advice for laid-off techies, fintech flops, how to build a growth team

Depending on where you worked and what you did, you may already have the experience investors are looking for. → Read More

6 VCs share advice for laid-off tech workers planning to launch startups

You may already have the experience investors are looking for when it comes to reaching product-market fit and solving engineering problems. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Africa investor survey, biz model basics, video marketing tactics

If your marketing plan doesn’t include TikTok, YouTube Shorts or Instagram Reels, well, can you really call it a marketing plan? → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS pricing strategies, 2022 open source report, can Vine regrow?

Should Twitter’s developers rebuild Vine from scratch, or can they dust off the old code and turn it back on? → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS spending squeeze, tax time tips, freemium frameworks

Finding meaningful ways to slash spending can extend your runway and even stave off layoffs in the long run. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: No-code MVP strategy, hiring under scrutiny, A/B growth testing

Despite the myth, sharks don’t need to keep swimming to keep breathing. Early-stage startups, on the other hand, are not so fortunate. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Deep tech fundraising, negative trade secrets, 3 metrics investors love

You can’t create a magic plan to save your startup — there are simply too many factors outside of your control. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2023 unicorn slump, global VC slowdown, email marketing 101

The hunt is already on for another mythical animal that best represents startup attainment in a down market. How about ‘ARRmadillo?' → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Space tech predictions, startup IP strategy, finding feasible funding

Raising money without a detailed business plan is a proven way for losing value. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: 2022 stock options report, pivot to SaaS, crypto investor survey

If or when you get laid off, there's a chance that a TechCrunch reporter will find out before you do. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: New success metrics, M&A timeline, 5 cloud trends for 2023

Every founder I’ve ever worked with was absolutely, completely convinced that they could build and scale a company. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Dry powder’s slow fuse, landing page basics, generative AI hype

A definitive founder's guide would have to include chapters like, "So you've hired the wrong person," or, "Five ways to tell if an investor is lying to you." → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Normalizing down rounds, 2023 climate trends, term sheet basics

Everyone gets wet when it rains, but accepting a down round allows founders to continue building their businesses. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Headcount data study, SaaS sales mistakes, financial close strategies

Startups that don't have PMF, supportive investors or a manageable burn rate should already be planning to reduce headcount. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Vanity metric dangers, planning for failure, Black founders survey

Relying on vanity metrics is like attending a Little League awards dinner: Everyone goes home a winner! → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: New VC rules, AI biotech investor survey, Instagram ad case study

"Growth at all costs" is a fairy tale made possible by cheap money that helped VCs set expectations for founders — and each other. → Read More

TechCrunch+ roundup: Summary slide showcase, video SEO strategy, how to value AI startups

If your deck doesn't give prospective investors a clear idea of how you will put their money to work, you're not going home with a term sheet. → Read More