How to avoid all the IPO work without annoying investors


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Mary Ann is off on a well-deserved break, so we brought on fellow podcaster Rebecca Szkutak to take advantage of her insight and humor for this episode. Here’s what we got into:

  • Regulators return with a resolve : The push to force a divestment of TikTok or ban it in the United States is making progress, and the EU is hammering out its new AI regulations.
  • Deals of the Week: Peak XV’s new fund is fascinating, and we can learn a lot from it about the Indian startup market. Also, Ada Ventures’ new $80 million fund felt rather contra-narrative in the best possible way.
  • AI and privacy: After AI got booed at SXSW, we took a look at several new AI startups that are raising rounds for their audio-focused projects. These include Nijta and Tavus, as well as a host of startups from the current Y Combinator cohort.
  • What to do when there’s no liquidity? According to Becca, the answer is to stay private. That’s the bad news. The good news is that secondary transactions might be a way to resolve lots of founder-investor tensions regarding exit timing.

That’s it for today. Talk again on Monday!

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