Recently, the tech industry has experienced a wave of layoffs as companies adjust to shifting market conditions and a changing business landscape. From small startups to established corporations, many tech companies are shedding jobs in an effort to stay competitive, reduce overhead costs, and stay afloat.
While layoffs can be a difficult and stressful experience, they can also present an opportunity for entrepreneurial tech workers to strike out on their own and start a new venture. One of the key benefits of starting a company during a period of layoffs is the availability of talent. When companies are downsizing, they often let go of highly skilled and experienced workers who can bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to a new startup. These individuals can be a valuable resource for entrepreneurs looking to build a strong, capable team.
The Question of Funding
But the current market conditions are also affecting venture capital (VC) firms. Many VCs are freezing their investing activities in new startups. For some VCs, avoiding new investments is their way of weathering the storm and deploying capital cautiously. Others are using more capital to double down on and support their existing portfolio companies. Both of these VC responses make it harder for new startups to raise capital from traditional sources.
This is where online startup investing can play an essential role for new startups. However, based on my own experience, the majority of equity crowdfunders invest in the post-idea stage. They want to see a working beta and some signs of traction before investing their money in risky early stage startups.
The good news is many of the newly laid-off employees are excellent technical talents. They used to “move mountains” for companies like Google or Meta. Now that they’re on their own (hopefully with relatively good layoff severance packages or savings based on the high salaries they were paid), these individuals could get together to start something new. I fully believe that such talented people could build products in a few months, get early adopters from their peers or coworkers, test those products in the market, and then start fundraising campaigns on equity crowdfunding platforms.
In my opinion, equity crowdfunding is the best funding source in these times because it allows startups to reach a large and diverse group of both investors and potential customers. Online startup investing campaigns typically involve engaging with the target audience through social media, webinars, and other free digital marketing tactics.
Through crowdfunding, founders can secure funding without going through the long, and hard route of traditional VC. We’ve seen multiple companies raise millions in a few weeks through online investments. For young and scrappy startups, that can be more than enough capital to get off the ground. Also, founders can avoid the equity dilution that comes with traditional investment rounds by using equity crowdfunding instead of VC.
In conclusion, I expect a considerable number of new, high-quality startups on crowdfunding platforms as soon as the second half of this year, courtesy of recently laid-off tech talents. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, or tech professional, equity crowdfunding is a tool to keep an eye on as the industry continues to evolve.
Wall Street has Morningstar, S&P, and Bloomberg
The equity crowdfunding market has KingsCrowd.
About: Ahmad Takatkah
Ahmad comes to KingsCrowd with the perfect blend of venture capital and data science experience. He holds an MBA, is a Kauffman Fellow and has spent eight years working in venture capital, with stops at N2V, Leap Ventures, and ArzanVC. He also spent three years at Carta, a leader in cap table management and private equity technology. In his free time, he runs his own VC and data science-focused blog: VCpreneur.com where he entertains and educates thousands of readers.