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Welcome to issue 540 of Founder Weekly. Let's get straight to the links this week.
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Web5: The Decentralized Web Platform  
Jack Dorsey announced the launch of Web5 that enables developers to leverage Decentralized Identifiers, Verifiable Credentials, and Decentralized Web Nodes to write Decentralized Web Apps, returning ownership and control over identity and data to individuals.

Introducing Network Effect #16: Hub-and-Spoke
At NFX we study network effects in the wild so we can help founders build them better. Sometimes it takes us a while to notice the pattern, but we now have another one. Meet the 16th Network Effect on our list: The Hub-and-Spoke Network Effect.

How Notion built a product management system to align every team
In this piece, we’ll walk through the systems and processes we put in place to keep every team updated on our engineering and product work. We’ve included templates, too — so you can immediately apply the best parts to your own team.

The flipped meeting model
How async collaboration will save meetings.


Marketing, Sales and PR

The Importance of CAC Payback in Today’s Market Environment
In today’s evolving macro environment, specifically highlighted by the recent emphasis on cash flow and profitability, cash efficiency is becoming much more important. In this post I’ll: 1) share why long CAC payback times can be a silent killer to growth and efficiency, 2) identify the major market forces that can erode unit economics, 3) highlight key benchmarks for a healthy business, and 4) share case studies and examples of companies that fall along the spectrum.

How Pipedrive Uses Comparison Pages to Close High-Intent Prospects
In this post, we’re going to show how Pipedrive creates and drives results with their comparison pages. You’ll uncover: The breakdown of Pipedrive’s SaaS comparison pages, How Pipedrive saves over $30,000 in ad spend, How Pipedrive generates over $1M returns from its comparison pages, A blueprint for creating your SaaS comparison page, The internal linking brilliance in Pipedrive’s comparison pages.


Money and Finance

Finance for Founders
Each section covers the essentials, everything you need to know in order to successfully manage your finances before having to make your first finance hire. 

The case for down rounds
Many companies are now facing a Hobson’s choice between trying to maintain the high-flying valuation they’ve established over the last year — no matter the contortions necessary to do it — or conducting a “down round,” a financing that results in a lower valuation. And industry experts suggest the latter often makes more sense.

Female Entrepreneurs Funded By Female VCs Face Difficulties Obtaining Future Funds
The researchers found that companies with female founders who received funding from female VCs rather than male VCs are two times less likely to raise additional financing.


Startups of the Week

Front 
Front lets you see all your assets in one place. With FrontScore technology, connect brokerage apps and crypto and NFT wallets to gain data-driven insights.

Feeting
Are you also tired of endless video meetings or the same meeting rooms? Break free and get some activity instead. Feeting is the #1 audio-only walking meeting platform.
 
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