In the past decade, the average size of a Series A funding round has tripled, Crunchbase data shows. At the same time, more growth investors are funding earlier-stage startups, and what used to be called a Series A round is now often labeled as seed. So who are the investors still funding Series A and what do those deals look like these days? We take a deep dive into the data to find out.
Once an obscure path to the public markets, SPACs are now mainstream. Follow along with our newly updated and ever-expanding list of venture-backed startups that have completed mergers with blank-check acquirers in 2021.
Companies like Coinbase, Lyft and Stripe are now offering one-year vesting equity grants to new hires instead of the four-year vesting grant that’s long been the standard in the startup world. What’s happening, and why are vesting options getting an overhaul now? What does this mean for both employees and employers? Kaitlyn Knopp of startup compensation platform Pequity answers those questions and looks at the pros and cons of one-year equity grants.
TCV (Technology Crossover Ventures) has been investing in private and public technology companies for the past 26 years. The firm was one of the first investors in Netflix and Zillow, but perhaps more notable than the success of its early bets is its penchant for playing the long game with its portfolio companies, some of which it continues to invest in after they’ve gone public. We speak with general partner Neil Tolaney about growth stage investing, the firm’s new $4 billion fund, and what TCV is investing in this year.
Dealmaking in the gaming industry is on fire, with 48 VC-backed startups in the space acquired so far this year—already past the full-year total for all of 2020. We look at what’s driving the burst of M&A and the kinds of companies and technologies being acquired.
From established industry leaders to up-and-comers, your competition can directly affect how you sell, market and operate your business, and even determine whether you’re successful. That’s where competitive monitoring comes into play. In this article, find out which companies you should be tracking and learn how to effectively monitor and beat your competition.
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