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hello and welcome back share, a podcast about the business of startups where we uncover the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

It’s Friday, which means the entire team was on board for this special episode. we Courtesy And Chris behind the scenes, and Mary Ann, Natasha, And alex on the mic. And, frankly, we needed the whole team because the holidays aren’t slowing down any news.

  • from the beginning? Block becoming Square, which we wanted to make fun of, but found mostly justified given the company’s divergent interests.
  • From there we talked about Inpathy’s neat move to social networking, Massive’s $11 million funding round, and why Butters could help ease the skid of many subscription businesses.
  • Then it was time to trade startups for big companies, as we had to riff on Bret Taylor’s quasi-ascension to the top of Salesforce, along with other executive exits. Alex calls it a cold resignation winter, but Meta has clearly put some people in the hot seat.
  • Because of its fundraising and layoffs, Better.com was also in our dispatch this week. We debate whether you should raise if it comes at the expense of your employees, and the ethics of Zoom layoffs.
  • And, finally, Series B of The Sounding Board reminds us that executive coaching, even and especially for those above, is not just a service business. This is a SaaS business.

See you here next week, until Jack shaves his beard and we are forced to have a shot.

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