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Mar 03, 2023
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Have you been wondering about the state of startup funding in 2022? Well, check out our breakdown of AngelList and Silicon Valley Bank's report: Money Raised and Valuation Trends Insights and Actions Insights: Funding slowed down significantly in Q3 and Q4 of 2022, making it harder for startups to raise capital. A significant number of startups experienced down rounds in Q4 2022. Valuations have decreased across all stages of funding, with pre-seed valuations dropping by 3.9%, seed dropping by 13.9%, Series A dropping by 9.6%, and Series B dropping by 20.8%. Simple Agreements for Future Equity (SAFEs) continue to dominate in 2022, with 56% of deals on AngelList using this funding mechanism. Startups are spending less to extend their runway, but the decrease in spending has not been significant. Actions: Startups should be prepared for a challenging funding environment in 2022, especially in Q3 and Q4. It's important for startups to carefully consider their valuation and funding terms to avoid a down round. Founders should be aware that valuations have decreased across all stages of funding and adjust their fundraising expectations accordingly. If you're considering a SAFE for your next funding round, you're in good company. While startups are spending less to extend their runway, founders should continue to keep an eye on their burn rate and look for opportunities to optimize their spending. Download the full report and watch the presentation here.
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Unstuck Labs
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UNSTUCK LABS TEAM
Nov 27, 2022
In COMMUNITY NEWS
From Harvard Business Review Covid-19 and the global recession it has caused have us all girding for a long period of extremely challenging conditions in the global market.  This situation is uncharted waters for the traditional Silicon Valley startup model, which is geared toward fast growth and creating “unicorns.” Instead of the unicorn, the camel is the more fitting mascot. Camels can survive for long periods in extremely adverse conditions. Startup camel enterprises offer businesses in all industries and sectors valuable lessons on how to survive and grow in adverse conditions. They do this with three strategies in mind: they execute balanced growth; they take a long-term outlook; and they weave diversification into the business model. Read the full HBR article here. #startup #unicorns
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Unstuck Labs
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UNSTUCK LABS TEAM
Aug 13, 2022
In COMMUNITY NEWS
The drop was another fallout of rising inflation and widespread economic uncertainty, and a retreat after years of a funding boom. For the first time in three years, start-up funding is dropping. The numbers are stark. Investments in U.S. tech start-ups plunged 23 percent over the last three months, to $62.3 billion, the steepest fall since 2019, according to figures released on Thursday by PitchBook, which tracks young companies. Even worse, in the first six months of the year, start-up sales and initial public offerings — the primary ways these companies return cash to investors — plummeted 88 percent, to $49 billion, from a year ago. The declines are a rarity in the start-up ecosystem, which enjoyed more than a decade of outsize growth fueled by a booming economy, low interest rates and people using more and more technology, from smartphones to apps to artificial intelligence. That surge produced now-household names such as Airbnb and Instacart. Over the past decade, quarterly funding to high growth start-ups fell just seven times.But as rising interest rates, inflation and uncertainty stemming from the war in Ukraine have cast a pall over the global economy this year, young tech companies have gotten hit. And that foreshadows a difficult period for the tech industry, which relies on start-ups in Silicon Valley and beyond to provide the next big innovation and growth engine.“We’ve been in a long bull market,” said Kirsten Green, an investor with Forerunner Ventures, adding that the pullback was partly a reaction to that frenzied period of dealmaking, as well as to macroeconomic uncertainty. “What we’re doing right now is calming things down and cutting out some of the noise.”
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Unstuck Labs
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UNSTUCK LABS TEAM
Aug 01, 2022
In COMMUNITY NEWS
Someone recently told me they stopped using Instagram and, instead, scroll through Airbnb for fun. Others are doing that, too. Not the Airbnb thing, but the spending-less-time-on-Instagram thing. For many, the preferred destination is TikTok. So to combat the trend, Instagram’s been making increasingly blatant moves to TikTok-ify itself. This week… … new updates gave rise to an angry mob which included Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian. By bringing algorithm-driven recommendations to feeds, funny clips from a random 15-year-old in Nebraska could theoretically outperform Kim K’s yacht pics. Hence the uproar. In response, Instagram head Adam Mosseri, quite literally looking like a Minion, said that the updates need work but video is still the focus. To make matters worse, all this was followed by Meta posting its first-ever quarter of declining sales Wednesday. Then yesterday… … in an interview with tech reporter Casey Newton, Mosseri said Instagram will walk back these changes so the company can design a better experience around them. But while his update may have eased the tension, Meta still finds itself in a pickle. On one end, it’s squeezed by TikTok in terms of engagement and ad dollars. On the other, it’s working toward the Metaverse, and a strong Instagram is necessary to fund its virtual future. (Apple, in the meantime, is finalizing its own VR headset.) For the time being, Mosseri has put out the fires. Perhaps now he can figure out why my friend is more interested in scrolling Airbnb than Instagram. Source: Jacob Cohen
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Unstuck Labs
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Aug 01, 2022
In COMMUNITY NEWS
The most active VC investors in the industry have not slowed down regardless of the market, according to a recent report. The investment numbers from certain VC firms in 2022 match their 2021 numbers. More: According to the Crunchbase report, the cohort of 40 VC firms matched their investment number from 2021, even though they had increased investments by 50% during that year. Investments in new startups in 2022 stand at 55%, an increase compared to the 50% VCs invested in 2021. The only statistics that are in line with the current market downturn are the overall amount of dollars invested and Series C investments. Series A investments, however, have increased. The report claims that, unlike the 2008 financial crisis, VC investments are not slowing down, and therefore the industry is not mirroring the investment pace post-2008. Source: Inside
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Unstuck Labs
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UNSTUCK LABS TEAM
Aug 01, 2022
In COMMUNITY NEWS
Andreessen Horowitz revealed it is leading a $50M seed round in VeeFriends, an NFT project by VaynerMedia founder Gary Vaynerchuk. VeeFriends claims to have generated 200,000 ETH in primary and secondary sales since its inception in May 2021. More: The project plans to use the funds to expand its intellectual property across physical and digital platforms. The collection is based on 283 cartoon characters. Token holders have admission rights to the VeeCon conference, which first took place in May in Minneapolis. VeeFriends released new characters through a second collection, which includes a trading card game as part of the utility of the tokens. Zoom Out: A16z recently led a $25M seed round in Co:Create, a protocol for NFT projects to launch their own native tokens. Vaynerchuk also participated in the round through VaynerFund. Source : Inside
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Unstuck Labs
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UNSTUCK LABS TEAM
Jul 22, 2022
In COMMUNITY NEWS
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Unstuck Labs
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UNSTUCK LABS TEAM
May 30, 2022
In TOOLS + TRICKS
1. ⁠Share Your GIF: n this activity, everyone shares a GIF or a meme that represents how they feel, or how their weekend or previous day was. 2. ⁠Virtual hat: In a virtual hat game, everyone adds one or more facts about themselves or brief anecdotes about their lives to a “hat” from which the facts will be drawn. For remote teams, the “hat” can be a simple shared Google doc. To play the game, someone reads one of the facts, and participants try to guess which of their teammates submitted it. 3. ⁠#Dog-of-the-Day: A #Dog-of-the-Day channel to allow people to share pictures of pets can really boost morale. 4. ⁠Show and Tell: Before your next team meeting gets going, take a few minutes to go around and offer people the chance to share something they’re proud of, happy about, or enjoying lately. 5. ⁠Daily Photo: A channel could be created for your team to share pictures from their lives: cute new shoes, a snowy morning, newly reorganized desk, or the first flowers of spring.
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Unstuck Labs
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May 23, 2022
In TOOLS + TRICKS
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