Extra Crunch’s Top 10 stories of 2020 – TechCrunch

I edited hundreds Of stories in 2020, so choosing my favorite would be an exercise in futility.

Instead, I have tried to gather a sample of Extra Crunch stories that have taught me something new. (Which means that this top 10 list betrays my ignorance, knowing this is a humble entry for all.)

While narrowing down the field of candidates, I felt that we are covering each topic of this list in more depth next year. We already have no-code software, EdTech, PropTech and the emergence of B2B marketplaces to name but a few.

Some readers are skeptical about Pavels, but without boasting, Extra Crunch is a premium product, such as Netflix or Disney +. I know: We are not as entertaining as a historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, or a western location about a bounty hunter.

But, speaking as someone who has worked in many startups, Extra Crunch stories contain actionable information that you can use to build a company and / or look smart in meetings – and that’s something Is worth Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a happy new year.


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1. The VC that the founders love most

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Managing Editor Danny Crichton Speeds Up Growth Techcrunch list To help the founders of Seed-Stage earlier this year join the chancellors who wrote the first checks

The TechCrunch list has no payouts and contains details and recommendations about more than 400 investors across 22 verticals. Once it launched, Danny crunched the data to select 11 investors for whom “the founders were particularly effigy in their praise.”

2. API startups are too hot right now

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Alex Wilhelm uses his workday column The Exchange to keep a close eye on “private companies, public markets, and the gray space in between”, but one effort stood out: an overview of six API-based startups that “are increasingly raising capital Were – “Fire Fashion” when many companies were trying to find their COVID-19.

For me, this was particularly interesting because it helped me better understand that an optimal pricing structure could be critical to the initial success of a SaaS company.

3. ‘No Code’ will define the next generation of software
4. Monitoring the development of low-code / no-code startup

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Two stories about the arrival of the no-code / low-code software in July take the third and fourth positions on this list.

I have been a no-code user for some time: using Zapier to send automated invitations via Slack for group lunches was a real-time saver in pre-pandemic days.

“Enterprise spending on custom software has doubled from $ 250 billion in 2015 to $ 500 billion in 2020,” so we’ll definitely be diving deeper into the subject in the coming months.

5. ‘EdTech is no longer optional’: Investors dive deep into market future

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Natasha Mascarenhas picked up TechCrunch’s edtech beat when he joined us just before the epidemic. Twelve months later, he is an expert on the subject.

In July, it surveyed six Edtech investors “to bring macro impact of rapid change on Edtech as a whole”.

  • Ian Chiu, Owl Ventures
  • Shuntel Garvey and Jennifer Carolan, Reach Capital
  • Jan Lin-Matter, Emergent Education
  • David Eicher, TCV
  • Jomera Herrer, Cowboy Ventures

6. B2B marketplace will be the next billion dollar e-commerce startup

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In 2018, B2B marketplaces saw an estimated $ 680 billion in sales, but the figure is expected to reach $ 3.6 trillion by 2024.

As companies moved their purchases online, these platforms have added many complementary services such as payment management, targeted advertising, and logistics, hardening their infrastructure.

7. Facebook’s former PR chief explains why no one is paying attention to your startup

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Sarin Maruni, Okay, the Vice President of Technology Communications at Facebook poses for a photo on the red carpet for the 6th Annual 2018, Breakout Award at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hangar Forest in Mountain View, California. On Sunday, December 3, 2017. Image Credit: Nutty v. Mayer / Bay Area News Group

Reporter Lucas Matney spoke to Carine Maroni on the TechNurch Early Stage in August about how startup founders who hope to expand their reach need to do a better job of connecting with journalists.

“People just aren’t fundamentally caring about this new startup,” she said. “Actually, no one does.”

Speaking as someone who is on both sides of this equation, I most appreciated her advice about “focusing on simplicity and being consistent” when it comes to conveying.

“Don’t let the complexity of your intelligence get simplified,” he said.

8. You want a minimum viable company, not a minimum viable product

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In a guest post for additional crunch, seed-stage VC Ann Miura-ko She shared what she learned about the “magic of product-market fit”, which she “ Defining the quality of an early stage startup. “

According to Miura-Ko, a co-founding partner at Floodgate, startups can only reach this level when their business model, value proposition and ecosystem are in balance.

This article is a must read for every founder, using lessons learned from his portfolio companies such as Lyft, Refinery29 and Twitch. As one commenter posted, “I read this thinking,”I need to add some slides to my deck! ‘

9. 6 investment trends that could emerge from the COVID-19 epidemic

10 January 2020, Berlin: Sana Klinikum Doctor Olaf Going, chief physician of the clinic for internal medicine in Lichtenberg, tests mixed-reality 3D glasses for use in cardiology. They can thus access medical data of their patients and visualize the best structures for diagnosis and operation planning by hand and speech. The Sana Clinic is, according to its own statements, the first hospital in the world to use this novel technique in cardiology. Image Credit: Jens Kalane / Getty Alliance via Getty Image

During the “early shift of this period of uncertainty”, an article we published made several predictions about investor behavior in the US

Although we posted it in April, each of these forecasts seems spot-on:

  1. The future of work: Promoting intimacy and trust.
  2. Healthcare IT: Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring.
  3. Robotics and Supply Chain.
  4. Cyber ​​security.
  5. Education = knowledge transfer + social + signaling.
  6. Fintech.

10. Construction tech startups are set to shake up the $ 1.3 trillion-dollar industry

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I have always found it hard to fully embrace the concept of Total Addressable Market (TAM) – the arrival of a disruptive company can change an industry’s TAM in a week.

However, several factors are combining to change the construction industry: high fragmentation, poor communication, a skilled labor shortage and a lack of data transparency.

Startups that help builders manage aspects such as pre-construction, workflow and site visualization are making huge progress, but because “construction firms spend less than 2% of annual sales volume on IT, “The size of this tam is not speculative at all.

11. Don’t let the chancellors become the gatekeepers of your success

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As a bonus, I’m involved in a TechCrunch op-ed, written by insurtech founder Kevin Henderson, in which he describes the myriad challenges he faced as a black entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.

Some discussions about the lack of diversity in technology may feel abstract, but his post describes its tangible results. For starters: he is never There was an opportunity to pitch in a VC firm where there was another black person in the room.

“Black founders have a better chance of playing pro sports than with venture investment,” says Henderson.