Hey, I'm Dan! I invest in early-stage startups at Madrona and write the DL, a weekly newsletter about tech in the PNW

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How COVID-19 Will Impact Startup Valuations

Last week, I shared some opinions on what’s going to happen to the startup market over the next few quarters. But this week, I thought I’d get some data instead of just speculating (breaking all sorts of VC rules 🙃).

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What It's Like To Run Slack Right Now

Cool thread from Stewart Butterfield (CEO of Slack) on what it’s like to run a public company and make decisions on what to share on an earnings call during a crisis. Long-ish read, so here are some of the highlights:

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Trade of the Week 💥

Last week, Bill Ackman, a billionaire hedge fund manager, did an interview where he teared up and warned investors that “hell is coming” if the government doesn’t shut down the country.

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PNW fighting COVID-19 together

One bright spot in the COVID-19 pandemic is everyone coming together to fight a common enemy (maybe, for the first time ever?). Many of the most iconic companies and institutions in the PNW have been announcing initiatives to help

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What's going to happen to startup fundraising

The stock market is down over 30% since its peak earlier this year, and investors are selling everything. So what’s going to happen to the startup market? Here are my thoughts:

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The empty stores of the future

Last week, Amazon announced they are going to start selling Amazon Go’s “Just Walk Out” technology to third parties, and the first retailer to roll it out will be...

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The three most important COVID-19 charts

The three most important charts for understanding the current state of coronavirus:

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How are software investors weighing the impact of coronavirus?

Over the last few weeks, the S&P 500 dropped over 10%, with the largest one-day declines in nearly a decade. You’ve probably seen lots of articles about individual stocks that have been heavily impacted by coronavirus...

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🔥 take of the week

One thing I love (hate?) about tech Twitter is everyone LOVES the idea of being “contrarian,” but when someone actually brings up a contrarian idea, people FLIP OUT...

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February 2020 PNW Venture Deals

Here are the PNW startups that announced new fundraising rounds in the month of February. These 29 companies raised ~$325M last month!

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