This week in tech acronyms: FRB and GPT


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It’s been a giant week for tech acronyms. I woke up on Monday to news that First Republic Bank has been closed down by regulators — and JP Morgan will buy $330 billion value of assets. The news then spiraled into one other query for startups: How does losing yet one more banking partner, in a matter of weeks, feel on this environment?

As I learned, together with my colleagues Mary Ann Azevedo and Christine Hall, entrepreneurs feel fatigue. It’s true: When First Republic Bank was in its final moments, Silicon Valley didn’t convulse with shock or lather itself right into a social media tizzy. As an alternative, there was a general malaise — and awareness of the gap ahead.

Read the remaining of our piece on TC+: “As one other startup bank partner collapses, tech feels the gap.”

As for the opposite acronym, you don’t should look far to search out a GPT angle today. Alex Wilhelm and I wrote a chunk about ChatGPT’s impact on edtech, inspired by Chegg’s admission that generative AI has indeed hurt recent user growth. As our interviews tell us, OpenAI is clearly changing things for edtech entrepreneurs, and at large, asking them to ask much harder questions, paradoxically enough.

Read our piece on TC+: “OpenAI’s ChatGPT is shaking up the edtech markets.”

With that, let’s get into the proper pitch deck and the outsider advantage. Follow me on Twitter, Bluesky or Instagram to proceed the conversation. In the event you feel like supporting me extra, subscribe to my free Substack.

The proper pitch deck

The inimitable Haje Jan Kamps has done 47 pitch decks in his Pitch Deck Teardown series. Now he’s asking: How could we do it higher? With the assistance of Trulytell (with an assist from their designer, Jake Muller), Kamps sought to enhance a startup’s deck until it became the proper pitch deck. The outcomes are actually interesting.

Here’s what to know: It’s hard. Take this excerpt from the teardown, if that helps:

I’m sorry, but you do should sense-check your numbers. There’s absolutely no way Supliful’s total addressable market is inside 10% of the complete planet’s healthcare spend. This slide feels so insanely, ludicrously fallacious, it made me wonder where this calculation got here from.

Come for the window into perfection, stay for the fact checks.

Image Credits: Suppliful/TechCrunch/Trulytell

The surface advantage that your investor could also be curious about

On Equity this week, I spoke to Sam Chaudhary, CEO and co-founder of ClassDojo, and Chris Farmer, CEO of SignalFire, a enterprise firm that recently announced a $900 million fund to back tech startups. This interview is structured a bit otherwise because it was actually recorded as a TechCrunch Live session, our weekly show that focuses on helping people start higher venture-backed businesses.

Here’s what to know: The most effective a part of the interview was around outsider advantage in a sector like edtech and the best way to balance with insider awareness on the intricacies of the space. Listen when you need a snapshot into the considering behind a slow-to-monetize company on the way it pulled off investor patience, vision and early mapping.

Cloud in a box

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Etc., etc.

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Seen on TechCrunch+

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