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Is it time to fire the founding CEO?

Tough times means investors are likely to become more assertive across the board, and the question of replacing founding CEOs is going to come up more often. Early-stage investors are usually reluctant to get involved, but as companies face difficulty raising cash, fiduciary responsibility becomes more important and board members will feel increasingly accountable to the other shareholders.

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Economic pressures stress payment fintechs

Payments players PayPal, Klarna and Bolt all recently moved to restructure their businesses in the face of new economic pressures, and another peer, Fast, shuttered altogether, highlighting the emerging macro-economic perils for fintechs. Stage GP Krista Morgan comments on Lynne Marek’s recent Payments Dive piece on payment fintech firms.

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Innovation of the Venture Studio Model

A venture studio is a model for entrepreneurship that combines company building with venture funding. Given the success of venture studios for startups and investors, the number of studios has grown to over 560 worldwide. What differentiates the venture studio model? And what is the next innovation of the venture studio model?

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Rethinking Startup Failure: An Alternative to Series B

2021 was a banner year for early-stage investments; venture funding doubled year over year to $200 billion across 8,000 startups. The uncertainty and disruption of a global pandemic did not compress valuations as initially expected, and the amount of funding per round means an average Series A company has now raised over $20 million. And yet, amidst this investment fervor, 50% of Series A companies will fail to raise a Series B round, taking them off the venture path.

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Stage wants to catch the Series B knife

Stage Fund is raising $50 million for its second fund to buy startups that are struggling to raise their Series B rounds.

About half of the companies that raise Series A never go on to raise another round, but between 20% and 30% are still good businesses, according to Stage’s Krista Morgan.

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How to Survive the Gap in Funding Rounds?

A 2019 report from the Bureau of Labor concludes that 21.5% of startups fail in the first year, 30% in the second year, 50% in the fifth year, and 70% in their 10th year. We talked with Brett Jurgens, CEO & co-founder of Notion, about his advice for other founders looking to make it to past Series A.

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How to Cut to Breakeven

As founders, we all want to grow to breakeven by achieving scale, but sometimes your only option is to cut your way to breakeven. Here is Krista Morgan’s practical guide for founders & CEOs to build and execute a successful breakeven plan.

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