What can today’s founders learn from the bursting of the Internet bubble in 2000?
The late 1990s were a fascinating time to work in startups and live in San Francisco.
I didn’t have to be an economist to realize that many of the companies I worked for and visited didn’t have solid foundations: The same unprofitable startups that offered in-house massages, catered meals, and laundry services also bought Super Bowl ads and highway billboards.
I still have storage crates in my kitchen from Webvan, a grocery delivery contender who broke out so famously that MBA candidates are now studying it in business school. Similarly, messenger bags for Kozmo.com, which promised to bring “videos, games, DVDs, music, magazines, books, food, basics, and more” to customers in 60 minutes or less, sell for $350 and up today. Etsy.
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By 2000, many of these high-flyers had left smoking craters behind. Anna Barber was VP of Product at Petstore.com when her company was sold in a brand sale to a competitor Pets.com.
“We laid off our staff except for one person, who stayed with the CEO to wind down the business and settle with all of our creditors,” said Barber, now a partner at M13. “That person was me.”
Today at 12pm PT/3pm ETshe will talk to me about how today’s startup operators can avoid many of the missteps founders have made in past recessions.
We’ll discuss the economic, social and emotional impact that comes when so many companies close their doors at once, and Barber will talk about how founders can align with their investors and employees while weathering uncertainty.
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You have sold your business. What now?
Scaling a company from concept to acquisition is a real achievement, but it’s not the finish line, according to investor and frequent TC+ contributor, Marjorie Radlo-Zandi.
“You may wonder if the acquirer really understands your products, values, culture, or the customer needs that drive the business,” she writes. “The staff will wonder if there is a place for them as part of another company.”
In her latest column, she shares “six guiding principles that make a trade a success” and help you get your full profits.
Enterprise e-commerce in 2022: as TAM expands, platform wars flare
Ecommerce platforms have been rapidly taking on new merchants since the start of the pandemic, and there is no sign of a slowdown, according to market intelligence platform PipeCandy.
“The best business ecommerce platforms have added more than 10,000 merchants,” said co-founder Ashwin Ramasamy, who compared the relative performance of Shopify Plus, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Drupal Commerce, and four other players.
“That’s immense, especially since the year is far from over and these platforms already only have 1,000 merchants who were shy last year.”
Use DORA metrics to support next-generation remote working models
Non-technical CEOs often rely on someone else’s assessment to find out how good their developers are. But without data, that’s a pretty subjective process.
Startups that don’t use DORA (DevOps research and assessment) metrics have a harder time measuring the performance of a software delivery team. For example, a group with a high failure rate can cover their shortcomings (for a while) by implementing quickly.
Remote working is the new norm, especially for engineers, said Alex Circei, CEO and co-founder of development analytics tool Waydev. But using DORA metrics, CTOs, CEOs, and HR executives can “get back on the same page to support their technical teams and business outcomes.”
Climate technology is a hot investment in 2022 – the next five years could be even hotter
Is the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act creating a tailwind for climate technology startups?
Reporter Tim De Chant found that the number of deals for climate technology startups increased by 15.4% in the second quarter of 2022, “and the average value per deal has remained stable at $23.6 million, more than threefold. from what it was five years ago.”
Tax credits and other incentives in the IRA could spark interest in financing for real estate technology, recycling, ecosystem monitoring, and companies that extract carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.
“In other words, investment opportunities in climate technology are only getting warmer,” he writes.
For LatAm payment orchestration startups, market fragmentation is a blessing in disguise
In Latin America, e-commerce is plagued by high fraud rates. Barely 20% of adults have a credit card and many who do cannot use it internationally.
It is also true that e-commerce is growing faster there than in any other region since the start of the pandemic. According to a survey, online sales in LatAm will bring in $379 billion, a 32% year-over-year increase.
“The payments landscape in Latin America seems hopelessly fragmented and full of fraud,” said Rocio Wu, director at F-Prime Capital.
“However, we believe that fragmentation presents a huge opportunity for vertically integrated payment orchestration startups to create great value.”
- 1 What can today’s founders learn from the bursting of the Internet bubble in 2000?
- 2 You have sold your business. What now?
- 3 Enterprise e-commerce in 2022: as TAM expands, platform wars flare
- 4 Use DORA metrics to support next-generation remote working models
- 5 Climate technology is a hot investment in 2022 – the next five years could be even hotter
- 6 For LatAm payment orchestration startups, market fragmentation is a blessing in disguise