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Saturday, October 21, 2023

TC+ Roundup: Did Atlassian pay a good value for Loom?

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Atlassian’s buy of Loom final week raised eyebrows, and never simply because it missed unicorn standing by a hair. However general, it is smart that Atlassian purchased it. “Teaming and collaboration is transferring to async video, and that was the one massive piece lacking for Atlassian,” Constellation Analysis’s Ray Wang advised TechCrunch+. However was it value it?

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The corporate raised $130 million in 2021 at a unicorn valuation, after we had been all caught inside making sourdough and video messaging was scorching, scorching, scorching. Issues in 2023 aren’t fairly as scorching, and though we all know that Loom isn’t immensely worthwhile, it was nonetheless a reasonably good get for Atlassian. So now we’re questioning: What’s going to Atlassian purchase up subsequent?

Thanks for studying!

Karyne Levy


Ask Sophie: How does my immigration standing have an effect on export management licensing to construct in area tech?

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Expensive Sophie,

I’m working within the U.S. within the aerospace business on a J-1 analysis visa. I need to pursue my very own area tech startup, however folks have talked about I must get an export management license due to my immigration standing. May you clarify what I want to concentrate on? Any recommendation?

— Fastidious (Quickly-to-Be) Founder

5 buyers on the professionals and cons of open supply AI enterprise fashions

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There’s not essentially a proper or incorrect reply as to whether AI needs to be closed supply or open supply. However a number of buyers we spoke with positively had an opinion. For instance, Dave Munichiello, a common associate at GV, says that open supply AI innovation can assist customers really feel a way of belief due to open supply’s transparency. However Perception Companions’ Ganesh Bell warns that open supply tasks are sometimes much less polished.

We spoke with:

  • Dave Munichiello, common associate, GV
  • Christian Noske, associate, NGP Capital
  • Ganesh Bell, managing director, Perception Companions
  • Ian Lane, associate, Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • Ting-Ting Liu, investor, Prosus Ventures

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All hail the (eventual) Plaid IPO

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Plaid is hiring its first CFO, which often means it’s on the trail to an IPO. As Alex Wilhelm notes, now we have “a CFO, latest notes on restricted burn, and sufficient historic info to point that the corporate is IPO-sized already. That each one factors with an enormous, neon arrow towards an eventual IPO.”

When that occurs, we’ll be prepared for it. Simply want public fintech firms to recuperate some worth first.

Early-stage founders are optimistic about elevating once more — however not all of them

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January Ventures launched its newest survey of 437 pre-seed and seed-stage founders, and 57% stated they’re extra optimistic now about their capacity to lift funds than they had been even 9 months in the past. However not all founders are the identical: Whereas 70% of male founders felt optimistic about it, solely 45% of ladies who responded felt the identical manner, with greater than 70% of ladies saying that they felt their gender was holding them again as an entrepreneur. 🙁

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