In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September 2020

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Go public now while software valuations make no sense, Part II
Recently, a few major startups have gone public, with some resulting in 100% growth or greater. This article recommends going public now, arguing that the old rules about successive quarters of profitability and not going public during a turbulent year should be disregarded…for now.

'Toxic Positivity' Is a Thing. A Lot of Us Are Experiencing It Now
In the midst of a pandemic, many companies have tried to cheer their employees up. However, this article suggests that these companies may want to take a step back as positivity could become toxic, especially when people are forced to seem upbeat even under difficult circumstances.

Private Equity vs. Venture Capital: What's the Difference?
Many startups seek funding without understanding the implications of the money they raise. This article provides a primer on the differences between private equity and venture capital funding, with the former tending to have more of a focus on mature, stable companies while the latter focuses on early stage companies.

How To Really Be A Company That Supports Women
While there has been an uptick in the number of women in C-suite positions, for a company to truly support women, it must evaluate its ability to do so in several categories. This article discusses those categories, which include work from home flexibility and women-focused training.

To Pivot, or Not to Pivot: How Startups Should Approach This Question During the Pandemic
When COVID-19 hit, many startups were unprepared to go off-route from their road maps. This article suggests that founders should be planning a strategy that will work during the pandemic and beyond. With a particular focus on sports, the author provides an example of a ticketing product company meeting with vendors for post-COVID events.

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