We recently wrote that there were more Tech-related layoffs in Q4 2022 than during the COVID trough in Q2 2020. Approximately 23% more Tech-related layoffs (73,899) occurred during Q4 2022 versus the COVID trough (60,141), in Q2 2020. There is plenty more room to cut. One thing is for sure - there is more room … Continue reading Was Q4 The Bottom For Tech Layoffs?
Category: Venture Capital
Why the venture community invested in kids running crypto exchanges is beyond me. If the venture firms that put money into FTX did an ounce of due diligence they would have passed on the deal. Did anyone ask to confirm bank deposits and customer reserves? Did anyone ask about customer trading records and associated reporting … Continue reading Investor Due Diligence. You Get What You Deserve.
You are crazy if you do not believe that most if not all of the various crypto exchanges were/are front-running customer orders. Similarly, robbing Peter to pay Paul crypto Ponzi schemes make Madoff look like an amateur when one considers total AUM. The SEC ought to have stepped in under Trump and regulated the exchanges … Continue reading Enjoying The Crypto Winter
Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur at heart, not an operator. Therein lies the problem. Our view is that as the macro environment continues to slow and as the original Facebook and Instagram platforms underperform, Zuckerberg will pull investment forward on his metaverse initiative. The metaverse is what interests Zuckerberg and that's where he will spend his … Continue reading META’s Downside Risk
The grow-at-all-costs venture capital culture of the past 20-plus years ruins companies. How? Far too much focus is placed on revenue growth at the expense of sound operations and profitability. Too many venture-backed companies grow at a pace that far outstrips those companies' ability to scale operations in a manner that supports growth. The result … Continue reading VC Culture Ruins Companies
Founded in 2017, Capital Markets Gateway ("CMG") is working to automate the IPO process, an effort that is long overdue. CMG was highlighted in today's WSJ. The firm's platform aggregates data from issuers, underwriters and investors and provides real-time information and analytics to users that otherwise would be aggregated, error checked and tabulated by hand. … Continue reading Automating The IPO Process
To date approximately 90% of TEK2day content has been free to readers. That will change on September 1st when the majority of our content will move to "premium" status including 100% of our long-form content. Certain of our articles - those of the single paragraph nature - will remain free to readers. Premium TEK2day articles … Continue reading Nothing’s For Free
Too few CEOs fully leverage the power of variable compensation to drive desired employee behavior and outcomes Last week we discussed the AI CEO vs. the Cyborg CEO. Assuming we could build a CEO with perfect intelligence there remains the question of how that CEO should communicate with his/her direct reports and employee base so … Continue reading Link Variable Compensation To Desired Outcomes
Robotic Process Automation ("RPA") flirted with Tech stardom in 2018 and 2019 as a number of companies in the space received significant Technology press. UiPath's recent $750 million Series F round and its lofty $35 billion post-money valuation (Alkeon Capital and Coatue led the round), points the spotlight squarely on the space once again. Read … Continue reading RPA’s Day In The Sun
The Venture Capital model is broken. VC interests are not aligned with the best interests of their limited partners nor of their portfolio companies. VC's push portfolio companies too fast in a short-term greedy effort to maximize valuations at the expense of operational rigor: VC's push portfolio companies to generate warp speed revenue growth at … Continue reading Venture Capital Is Broken