Announcing the first tranche of Startup Battlefield judges

The Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 is set to be our most epic yet. This year’s competitors, selected from our handpicked cohort, the Startup Battlefield 200, are some of the most promising, imaginative startups in tech. We’re excited to begin announcing the innovators and investors who will judge this world-renowned pitch competition […]

Startups, if your CEO isn’t running your fundraising, you’re doing it wrong

In my past as an investor and in my present as a pitch coach, I have come across a surprising number of companies where someone who’s not part of the founder team is out there trying to raise money for the company. Sure, salespeople are very good at sales (that is why they are salespeople), […]

On Deck lays off a third of staff after cutting a quarter just months prior

On Deck, a tech company that connects founders to each other, capital and advice, has conducted another round of layoffs just three months after laying off a quarter of its staff. Sources say that more than 100 people were impacted by the workforce reduction, accounting for half of the entire staff, while the company — […]

The right questions to ask investors when fundraising in a down market

Many investors still have capital available to deploy despite the downturn. Here’s what founders should ask to make the most of their fundraising meetings and identify the right investment partners.