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David Sacks: SaaS Metrics, Tech Cycles & Fundraising in a Down Market

David Sacks
David Sacks
Co-Founder/Partner
Craft Ventures
January 24, 2023
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David is a co-founder and partner at Craft Ventures, one of the foremost SaaS VCs. He was the former COO at Paypal and he’s invested in over 20 unicorns, including AirBnB, Facebook, Palantir, Uber, and SpaceX. 

David and Auren discuss the state of SaaS in 2023 and consider how layoffs, seat contraction, and the broader macro environment could affect the ecosystem this year. David shares some advice on how companies should be positioning themselves to weather the downturn. They also talk about bubbles and cycles in tech, how to spot stand-out founders early, and which analysts have the best record on foreign policy.  

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You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and David Sacks on Twitter at @DavidSacks

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