May 26, 2022

Hello and welcome to Equity, the startup business podcast where we reveal the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show where we focus on one topic, think about one issue and reveal the rest. This week, with a plethora of headlines and news about Fast’s departure, Natasha As well as Alex Asked: What do we miss when we talk about a failed startup?

This question comes after one of Natasha’s recent columns in Startup Weekly, in which she explored the complexities of startup failures, the fallacy of liquidation stories, and the importance of diversity in the newsroom. Here is an excerpt:

There is a logic to it that startup stress is inevitable and normal, so should we draw attention to the fact that every now and then something comes to the surface, especially at the expense of an underrepresented founder who may be trying his or her best? There’s also the argument that the company is confused, so we should report issues when we hear about it; And then there’s the story of women being evicted, where people believe that women are more targeted in the press than men because of unreasonably high standards.

In today’s episode, we’ll discuss our definitions of past failure (Theranos and WeWork), current examples of growing stress, and what that means for early-stage startups and historically undervalued founders. There have been more layoffs lately, some notable valuation cuts, and the impact of FAST on tougher startup optimism in 2021. Now is the perfect time to bring up the subject of failure and deal with it. From a startup perspective.

Finally, as promised, take a look at our artful boot failure loop images:

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