I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

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Live Long and Prosper

That Was The Week #315 Netflix announced 300 layoffs and Brex pulled the rug on its small business customers. But LocalGlobe raised $500m, InFarm announced two new farms and eBay bought NFT firm KnownOrigin. Making the right choices will help us all to live long and prosper. Web 3 seems to still be a good choice. Contents Live Long and Prosper Web 3 use cases by Packy McCormick Essays of the Week Facebook and Sheryl Sandberg by Connie Loizos The Web3 Marketing Stack by Tomasz Tunguz Good News of the Week Sequoia incubator to increase investment size LocalGlobe raises $500m and Re-Brands Series

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Adapt or Die

Berlin Edition By Keith Teare • Issue #314 The Dark Ages describes a time when little or nothing changed. There was no progress. It needed the agricultural and industrial revolutions to break out from the dark. 2022 might seem dark but there is innovation all around us. Adapt or Die is this week’s theme. And unlike the dark ages, adaptation is an option. Content from @bgurley @samirkaji @sethlevine @geneteare @sequoia Contents Adapt or Die Sequoia Capital advises founders on how to adapt Tech Layoffs accelerate Bill Gurley on Adapting Frank Slootman on Surviving – Podcast Good News of the Week Tiger Global doing

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The Private Wealth Secret

By Keith Teare • Issue #313 This week sees a major shift from public to private investment, with UBS and Cathy Wood’s ARK weighing in. But what is the secret to unlocking private wealth growth? Content from @ArkInvest @UBS @join_EF @fpert041 and @geneteare from @crunchbasenews Content Private Wealth Secrets UBS advises private investments Cathy Woods ARK to invest in private companies Tracking Private Growth The 34 new Unicorns from May Why new VC funds beat old ones Regulation Week Lina Khan’s plan to take on big tech EU’s message scanning plans questioned The US privacy Bill is a huge deal News of

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The Good News, Bad News, Week

By Keith Teare • Issue #312 34 new unicorns in May, 3 new decacorns. The best time in 5 years to be a VC? But Tiger is down 52%, 20,000 tech workers have been laid off, Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Facebook. It’s a good news, bad news, week. @geneteare @hunterwalk @gdibner @cz_binance @ftx_official Content Good News 34 new Unicorns Salesforce growth accelerating Startup valuations are “highly attractive” Money flows to private equity It’s the best time to be a VC Chipotle accepts crypto as payment US insurers like crypto as an investment FTX is growing Binance is investing Securitize tokenizes $500m fund

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The Birth of the New

By Keith Teare • Issue #311 • View online Another week and another glut of writing seeking to understand what has changed in the economy, the public markets, and the startup and venture capital world. As the old world dies the only important question is, what is being born? When the old world dies, a new one is born Contents The Birth of the New Essays of the Week Startup of the Week Tweet of the Week Editorial In the last four weeks, the top 100 venture investors scored by SignalRank’s GPRank algorithm, invested in 181 funding rounds at the Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A

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Investing in the Time of Cholera

By Keith Teare • Issue #310 In Love in the Time of Cholera, the author tells a story of a world of plague, civil war, and mass murder, yet love still dominates the protagonist’s story. This week the continued collapse of the public market begs the question, are we still in love with investing in startups? Contents Is the Party Over? Wall Street Journal Revolut founders’ new fund Helping your slower companies Newcomer on good times in the great revaluation Andreessen, Gil, Romero & George on The Good Time Show Tiger Cubs & Hedge Funds Thriving amidst SaaS revaluations The Twitter Game

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Death on Two Legs

By Keith Teare • Issue #309 • View online Terra’s LUNA token lost 99.99% of its value in a flash and UST, its stable coin, lost close to 80%. This is not supposed to happen. The FT disclosed Tiger Global may be down $17 billion as the tech stocks collapsed. Are crypto and unicorn investing dead? Contents Editorial Another week another meltdown. Last week’s newsletter was titled “Markets in Freefall”. This week we have gone with “Death on Two Legs”. Crypto and Venture Capital are both experiencing, let’s say, challenges. It seems that no asset class has gone untouched by the retrenchment in

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Markets in Freefall

Musk Raises $7 billion for Twitter purchase Markets fell over 5% Thursday on the day Elon Musk announced he had raised $7 billion to help the purchase of Twitter. What are we to think? Bull market for tech, or bear market? Content from @danrose999 @elonmusk @mattturck @EricNewcomer @ttunguz @Samirkaji @sether Contents Editorial A couple of things first. I was on a BBC Radio show this week (available globally). What Really Happened in the Nineties is a season focused on the 1990s. Episode 4 is titled “The Internet,” and I was interviewed. ______________________________________________ What Really Happened in the Nineties? — 4. Internet — BBC Sounds Episode

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StreamWars

By Keith Teare • Issue #307 • View online Netflix is a buy, along with HBO and Disney. This is a week we should mourn broadcast and cable (or celebrate ? ), not Netflix. Content Editorial The King is dead, or are they? Indeed, the Google Finance chart seems to imply that Netflix is in horrible shape. From a 52-week high of almost $700, its stock sits at $218.22 as Thursday, 21st April. At the same time, Apple TV+ seems to be growing into a powerful service. Friday Baseball has recently been added to the service that won the Oscar

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Is Free Speech Right Wing?

By Keith Teare • Issue #306 • View online Is Elon Musk a “right-wing troll”? Or is he an example of real democratic thinking? How did it become “right-wing” to favor free speech? Content from @elonmusk @David Sacks @Vitalik Buterin and more Contents Editorial There is almost no prior period in human history where the desire to allow free speech would be considered right-wing. Elon Musk’s pursuit of Twitter is widely believed to be driven by his desire to support open discussion in a “public square” like platform. Yet his opponents are almost entirely self-identifying as “left-wing”. Of course, the

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