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Recent articles by Erin:

Startups: The Era of 'Founder-Friendly' Investing Is Over

After Uber's missteps, venture capitalists are rethinking the trend of founder-friendly startups. → Read More

Term Sheet — Wednesday, Aug. 9

Good morning! I’m attending to some magazine duties today, so here’s some news from my Fortune colleagues: Polina Marinova checked in with DraftKings in the wake of its failed merger at an elaborate press event, which she writes was “clearly meant to convey that while yes, the merger had failed, everything was still very much under control. (New product launches! More ad campaigns!).” She… → Read More

The 17-Year Slow Burn: A Dotcom-Era Dorm Room Startup Finally Gets Its Exit

A dotcom-era startup started in a dorm room finally gets its exit. → Read More

Millennial Dad Site Fatherly Raises $4 Million to Expand Into Video and Events

The millennial dad site will expand into more videos and events → Read More

What Uber Investors' Markdown Means

The mutual funds' high valuations can hurt startup employees. → Read More

Term Sheet — Thursday, Aug. 3

After we wrote about mutual fund markdowns to Uber’s share price, a few readers wrote in asking how mutual funds determine their markdowns. A couple things to note: • This isn’t just a bunch of people sitting around a table saying “15% sounds right I guess…” Each firm has its own process. Many firms use an internal cross-disciplinary valuation committee that operates independently of portfolio… → Read More

Term Sheet — Wednesday, Aug. 2

• Dianrong, a China-based peer-to-peer lending platform, raised $220 million in funding, according to Reuters. GIC Pte Ltd led the round. Read more. • Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, Calif.-based maker of plant-based meat and dairy products, raised $75 million in funding. Temasek led the round, and was joined by Open Philanthropy Project, Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and Horizon Ventures. •… → Read More

Term Sheet — Tuesday, Aug. 1

UBER MARKDOWNS: The daily headlines of new drama at Uber slowed down in July, but that doesn’t mean the company is in recovery mode yet. Reports over the weekend painted an ugly picture of a leaky board struggling to hire a CEO, an ousted CEO who can’t stop meddling, and a rudderless company without a leader. Inside the company, employees are speculating that Uber gets sold for a fraction of its… → Read More

Spotify IPO: How Does a Direct Listing Work?

It would be the largest ever transaction of its kind. → Read More

Term Sheet — Monday, July 31

I’m back! Huge thanks to Polina Marinova, Jen Wieczner and Robert Hackett for filling in. Today I’m diving into direct listings. Remember early 2017, when the IPO market looked bright and full of possibility? The reality has been a bit… meh. Two things could change that in the back half of the year: One, all companies can now benefit from the JOBS Act’s option to file in stealth mode, as… → Read More

Term Sheet — Friday, July 28

Happy Friday. It’s Jen Wieczner again, so keep the tips and feedback coming to or on Twitter @jenwieczner. Erin is still on vacation, which means I can still fill your Term Sheet with, in her words, “cryptonerd stuff” for another day. But first! MOOCHING OUT As I was heading out to a blockchain panel discussion last night (more on that later), the New Yorker published an… → Read More

Term Sheet — Tuesday, July 25

Hi, Term Sheet readers. My name is Robert Hackett, and I’m a reporter here are Fortune. You might remember me from this Q&A that appeared in Term Sheet a couple months ago. In Erin’s absence, I intend to regale you with tales from the crypt—and by that I mean cryptocurrency. In case you haven’t been tracking this strange $90 billion market, it has been going B-A-N-A-N-A-S lately. There have… → Read More

Sexual Harassment: How Venture Capitalists Got Away With It

Unconditional support contributed to Silicon Valley’s ­success—and some of its worst missteps, like sexual harrassment. → Read More

Term Sheet — Tuesday, July 18

• NewStore, Inc., a Boston-based mobile retail platform provider, raised $50 million in Series B funding. Activant Capital led the round, and was joined by investors including General Catalyst and Stephan Schambach. • Leap Motion Inc, a San Francisco-based provider of motion tracking technology for virtual and augmented reality, raised $50 million in Series C funding. Investors include JPMorgan… → Read More

BetterWorks Lawsuit: The Problem With Being a "Cool Girl" in Tech

Harassment and discrimination exist on the same spectrum, and both contribute to the tech industry’s problem with women. → Read More

FanDuel-DraftKings: 5 Things to Know About the Failed Merger

It fell apart because of antitrust scrutiny. → Read More

Should Venture Capitalists Avoid Publicly Criticizing Startups?

An informal poll from CB Insights says investors no. → Read More

Term Sheet — Wednesday, July 12

• WeWork, a New York-based co-working startup, raised $760 million in Series G funding at a $20 billion valuation, according to Forbes. The investors were not named. Read more. • Revolut, a U.K.-based fintech startup, raised $66 million in funding, according to Reuters. Index Ventures led the round. Read more. • CompareAsiaGroup, a Hong Kong-based financial comparison website, raised $50 million… → Read More

Amazon-Whole Foods: The Grocery Wars Will Not Be Won Overnight

Can everyone calm down for just a minute? → Read More

Venture Capital Gender Problem: Can Limited Partners Help?

Do LPs have an obligation to police sexual harassment situations? It's complicated. → Read More