More + roundup: SaaS ratings up, clean energy tax credits, H-1B transfer options

    Can emerging managers expand access to capital better than established venture capital firms?

    Because many funds with less than $50 million under management “are led by people from underrepresented backgrounds,” there is “an opportunity for less experienced managers to step in and raise the founders who are overlooked and ignored at a higher level support,” reports Dominic Madori-Davis.

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    For more information, she interviewed:

    • B. Pagles Minor, Founder, DVRGNT Ventures
    • Ramzi Rafih, Founder, No Label Ventures
    • Madeline Darcy, Managing Partner, Kaya Ventures

    Due to the Juneteenth holiday in the US, I’ll be back next Friday, June 23 with a new collection.

    Thank you very much for reading TC+!

    Walter Thompson
    Editorial Manager,
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    Rejoice, as startup valuations are slowly recovering

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    A song by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood came to mind when I read that public SaaS companies hit their highest valuations yet this year:

    I’ve been down for so long
    It seems to me

    Interweaving data from the Bessemer Cloud Index and Altimeter Capital Partner Jamin Ball with recent news coverage, Alex Wilhelm found cause for cautious optimism:

    “Startups are barely out of the woods, but the market is no longer moving away from their valuations and is instead bolstering the value of their public peers.”

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    New guidelines from the US Treasury Department could generate billions in renewable energy investments

    Crew installs solar panels on an apartment building.

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    Under new rules released by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury, local, state and tribal governments can now access clean energy tax credits.

    “The changes could pave the way for hundreds of billions of dollars in investment over the next decade,” reports Tim De Chant.

    “That tidal microturbine startup you’re hatching? This might be a good time to start looking for investors.”

    Ask Sophie: How much time and money do we need for an H-1B transfer?

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    Dear Sophie,

    My startup is hiring and many excellent engineers need H-1B transfers, but I haven’t done any yet.

    How much time and money should we allocate to the process? Are there alternatives?

    – Careful co-founder

    Pitch Deck Teardown: Netmaker’s $2.3 million seed deck

    Image Credits: netmaker

    Some founders may expect investors to stop them mid-presentation by shouting “shut up and take my money!” but life is not an episode of Futurama.

    No one literally sells their pitch in the room, but a tight deck is a strong signal that the founders understand their market.

    Netmaker, an infrastructure startup that helps customers create and manage virtual overlay networks, raised a $2.3 million round with this slightly redacted presentation:

    • Cover slide
    • Problem slide
    • Vision slide
    • Solution slide
    • Market size slide
    • Product slide
    • How it works slide
    • Traction Slider (“In active use on over 10,000 devices”)
    • Product evolution slide
    • Go-to-market slide
    • Road map slide
    • Competition slide
    • Team slide
    • Closing slide

    How two founders approach building ethical healthcare AI startups

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    Image Credits: Getty Images

    In recent episodes of’s Found podcast, two founders of AI-related healthcare companies talked about how they are working to create ethical algorithms.

    “If rushed or poorly executed, AI models can do real damage,” reports Rebecca Szkutak, who interviewed Amy Brown, founder and CEO of Authenticx, and Eli Ben-Joseph, co-founder and CEO of Regard.

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