Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson

Managing Editor, Contributions, TC+

Senior Editor Walter Thompson edits staff and guest articles for TechCrunch+ and manages TechCrunch’s guest contributor program.

Previously, he worked at a number of startups in various roles and as City Editor of Hoodline. He is the host of The Golden City, a podcast about San Francisco.

The Latest from Walter Thompson

TechCrunch+ Roundup: SBF’s trial opens, Series A tips, how to roll out AI features

If someone wants to advise you on “storytelling,” you have my permission to skip that meeting and work on your data room instead.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: How to pitch 7 VCs, building AI moats, immigration law Q&A

Meeting investors is easy. The hard part is crafting a story that’s so convincing, they’ll wire you some money.

How to pitch me: 7 investors discuss what they’re looking for in September 2023

If you’d like to know what investors are looking for, how they want to be approached and what they’re most likely to ask, keep reading.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: Slashing SaaS costs, FedNow’s ‘game changer,’ diverse cap tables

Software is a company’s third-largest expense, but because it’s spread across multiple departments, it’s the CFO’s responsibility to find places to cut.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: Prompt engineering, web3 gaming survey, how to spend $10K on paid ads

TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 ended yesterday, and out of all the events I've attended since working here, this one was my favorite.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: New life for old B2B leads, LatAm VC survey, treasury management basics

It’s shaping up to be a very busy week, so we’ll be back on Friday, September 22 with a new TC+ Roundup.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: Raising follow-on AI funding, Instacart’s IPO, both sides on SB 54

Despite the surge of interest in AI, startups hoping to use it as a springboard to their next funding round should think twice.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: YC Demo Days, blockchain’s killer app, comparing seed investors

Most startups never get past the pitch deck stage, so getting an investor to say yes can become a founder’s all-encompassing desire.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: How to buy AI, ‘permissionless’ pilots, new VC disclosure rules

Founders want to know what new technology can do, but an investor is much more likely to ask about which specific problems it solves.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: FinOps for all, 15 investors who are taking pitches, Steve Blank on AI

August is one of the slowest months in venture capital, which is why now is such a good time for fundraising founders to ramp up their outreach.

How to pitch me: 15 investors talk about what they’re looking for in August 2023

“I suggest reaching out right before Labor Day to set up a meeting in September or wait and start your outreach altogether next month.”

TechCrunch interview: ‘Palo Alto’ author Malcolm Harris

"I feel like if we know Elon Musk’s name in a hundred years, that's a very, very bad sign."

TechCrunch+ Roundup: SaaS+ basics, Labor Day book picks, building trust with AI customers

Considering the ongoing debate about the existential dangers of AI, it was interesting to watch a three-hour historical epic about the dawn of the Atomic Age last night.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: Monetizing generative AI, sex tech checkup, patents and IP

Acquiring a patent can open doors with investors, lead to joint partnerships, and even help immigrant founders in the U.S. obtain green cards.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: Reaching $1M ARR, tech job market rundown, women-led VC firms

Two years ago, unicorns roamed the earth in herds so large, they shook the earth from Palo Alto to San Francisco.

How to submit a guest column to TechCrunch

To level the playing field for people who want to share tech-related knowledge and opinions, TechCrunch operates a guest contributor program.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: App Store growth tactics, changing SaaS models, ‘AI-induced frenzy’

Given the hype around generative AI, it's easy to forget that IBM Watson competed on Jeopardy in 2011 — and won a $1M first-place prize.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: Creator economy VC survey, B2C fintech growth strategy, web3 demo day

There are a million reasons why startups fail, and there are only a few reasons why they succeed.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: How VCs spot liars, venture debt basics, getting legal help (without going broke)

Hot takes will not help your startup gain media traction. Reporters are looking for actual expertise and opinions supported by facts and experience.

TechCrunch+ Roundup: How pitch decks fail, inside the AI hype cycle, budgeting for a downturn

It’s clear that AI is driving the latest hype cycle, but how are early-stage investors sorting the wheat from the chaff these days?
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