Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we dig into the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Before we get into this week’s show notes, some programming notes:
- Our deals of the week were Scout, HopSkipDrive, and the new Hustle Fund fund (so I think you’re finally getting the headline of this show).
- Then we jumped into the human side of the layoff story, as Mary Ann and Christine dug into four stories of those affected by the Better.com strike wave.
- We then debated whether the Adobe/Figma deal will boost more M&A, given the lack of companies going public and the state of the venture market.
- Speaking of the venture market, we ended up discussing how to refinance VCs, but focusing on certain phases, and then looking ahead to what the fourth quarter might look like.