TechCrunch+ Roundup: Deep Tech Fundraising, Negative Trade Secrets, 3 Metrics Investors Love


Startup board meetings are scheduled several weeks apart, but many founders work to the last minute to update investors on revenue, product portfolio, hiring, and other important issues.

In this environment, founders who try to turn their numbers into a positive story lose credibility.

It’s nice to think this way, but you can’t come up with a detailed plan that will save the day; There are many factors beyond your control.

The best step is to create a guiding plan, but to create one you need to have a good understanding of the KPIs your investors are considering before launching your next fundraiser.

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In an in-depth post featuring formulas and benchmarks for calculating incremental profit margin, pre-S&M profit margin, and cash consumption efficiency, Paris Heymann, partner at Index Ventures, gives investors perspective on key metrics.

“In strong macroeconomic times, these metrics can be overlooked and underestimated, but they are important as capital efficiency has once again become a critical strategic priority for nearly all companies,” he writes.

Thank you for reading,

Walter Thompson
Editor in Chief, TechCrunch+

Breaks are valuable intellectual property: protect your startup’s negative trade secrets

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Patent applications and GitHub codespaces are obvious bits of intellectual property, but they’re also the embarrassing mistakes and dead ends every company gets into.

Competitors can learn a lot from their failed A/B tests, failed email campaigns and wasted development cycles, write Eugene Y. Mar and Thomas J. Pardini, attorneys at Farella Braun + Martel LLP of San Francisco.

In this post, they offer tips for protecting your “negative knowledge,” as well as general tips for setting up and managing trade secrets.

A VC’s perspective on deep tech fundraising in Q1 2023

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I learned something today: deep tech startups and successful SaaS companies often generate billion-dollar valuations in the same period.

“It took the mid-sized deep tech startup $115 million and 5.2 years to become a unicorn,” said Karthee Madasamy, managing partner at MFV Partners.

Industry startups raised about $600 million last year, down sharply from $800 million in 2021. But Madasamy says recent climate regulation, automation and space are just some of the factors that have sparked investor interest during this downturn. awakened.

“As it becomes increasingly difficult to achieve great results in the coming years, the deep tech technologies that are transforming entire industries provide some of the only routes to ’10x products.'”

4 investors discuss the next big wave of alternative fishing startups

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There’s a lot of hype around plant-based burgers and nuggets, but alternative seafood is getting more attention and funding from investors these days.

“In the first half of 2022, more than $178 million has been invested in alternative seafood and the market value is expected to reach $1.6 billion over the next 10 years,” reports Christine Hall.

To learn more about this growing space, Christine interviewed four investors to get their take on regulations, the “unique challenges” companies face as they try to grow, and how they handle growth and risk:

Kate Danaher, Managing Director, Ocean and Seafood, S2G Ventures Friederike Grosse-Holz, Managing Director, Blue Horizon Christian Lim, Managing Director, Blue Ocean of SWEN Capital Partners Amy Novogratz, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Aqua-Spark

Source: La Neta Neta


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