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The End of Growth

By Jessica E. Lessin · Jul 07, 2018 8:23 AM PDT · 5 comments

Priya’s article this week about retailers flocking to Instagram instead of Amazon got me thinking about growth and where startups are finding it. (I suppose running a business also has something to do with my interest in this topic.)

There have been several major shifts that are making it much harder—and more expensive—for startups to grow. They are worth exploring, because if ...

The New Tech Bundle

By Jessica E. Lessin · Jul 02, 2018 9:55 AM PDT · 1 comment

I smiled when I read Jessica Toonkel’s great story this week reporting Apple may sell one service bundling news, TV and music. Even my colleagues mock my love of bundle economics, discussed in columns like this one.

Media’s Serious Cutback in Startup Investing

By Jessica E. Lessin · Mar 09, 2018 7:01 AM PST

Last week, I argued which tech companies are most and least likely to buy media companies. It made me wonder how aggressive media companies have been in tech deal-making. So I looked at their investing patterns, and they surprised me.

Traditional media companies last year appeared to invest their smallest amount in startups since 2012, according to PitchBook. (See chart.) Companies including ...

The Private Tech Board Crisis and What to Do About It

By Jessica E. Lessin · Dec 01, 2017 7:02 AM PST · 4 comments

Two years ago, blood testing startup Theranos began its collapse after journalist John Carreyrou revealed some of its technology was a fraud. At the time, I argued that the unraveling of the $9 billion company wasn’t just a failure of a single technology or CEO; it was a failure of the Theranos board and a wake-up call for the private tech ecosystem that prizes directors who embolden, ...