A strong foundation can help raise early-stage capital

As valuations come down, now more than ever, founders “need to prove their company is built to last with long-term profitability and scalability in mind,” writes Russ Heddleston, CEO of DocSend at Dropbox.

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According to DocSend data, investors aren’t scouring pitch decks as earnestly as they were in the past. There’s still a market for early-stage deals, though. “For founders now, perfecting the pitch, having an efficient sales strategy, and scoping the product with urgency will create a strong foundation for success that attracts investors.”

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Crypto valuations ‘came back to earth’ in 2023, but VCs expect them to rise again in 2024


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This year hasn’t been great for crypto firms, but change might be on the horizon. Experts told Jacquelyn Melinek that crypto activity is likely to pick back up again in 2024. “The drier funding climate of 2023 only served to weed out the weaker businesses that had managed to secure capital in 2021,” she writes.

Crypto valuations ‘came back to earth’ in 2023, but VCs expect them to rise again in 2024


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A new report from Forum Ventures offers a good look at the current state of early-stage B2B SaaS investments.

The data might be discouraging, “but the silver lining is that rounds are still getting done and companies that find product-market fit should benefit from scaling into what will likely be the next bull market over the coming years,” writes Forum Ventures CEO and managing partner Mike Cardamone.

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