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    ‘If you have too much, you can drown’ How tech PR’s job changed in 2022



    Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

    This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single person, think about their work and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha interviewed Vijay Chattha, a startup comms leader who has spent over 20 years in the storytelling world. Chattha is the CEO and founder of VSC and founding partner of VSC Ventures, a $21 million investment vehicle to back startups. 

    Here’s what we spoke about:

    • How his clients are reacting to the downturn in terms of their openness, vulnerability, and general hunger to tell their story
    • The difference between pitching a VC and pitching a journalist (lol)
    • How startup’s goal with media coverage can sometimes inherently clash with the media’s goal to cover a startup (and why we disagree on the importance of disclosing valuations)
    • The best framework for the different types of media form out there, from Twitter to billboards to earned media.
    • How the #MeToo movement impacted leadership styles and changed accountability for the better
    • If we’re getting closer to a more transparent ecosystem, or more opaque one
    • And of course, we end with a lightning round – including but not limited to Chattha’s biggest pet peeve with journalists.

    Equity drops every Monday at 7 a.m. PT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all the casts. TechCrunch also has a great show on crypto, a show that interviews founders, a show that details how our stories come together and more!





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