In Potentially Risky Strategy, U.S. Startups Are Piling on Debt

Persado CEO Alex Vratskides could raise venture funding. He’s just not sure he wants to.

His New York-based startup doubled annual revenue this year and is on track to break even in 2017. Valued at about $200 million in April, the marketing automation company counts Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs among its backers — a source of validation in the eyes of many venture investors.

Dec 21, 2016 Lizette Chapman

Wells Fargo Wants a Quiet End to Its Scandal, Risking More Noise

Wells Fargo’s attempt to force aggrieved customers into closed-door arbitration over its fake-accounts scandal is drawing a legislative backlash in its home state of California and risks subjecting the bank to another round as a public punching bag.

Dec 13, 2016 Kartikay Mehrotra, Laura J. Keller and Romy Varghese

Fed Rate-Hike Odds Approach 100% in Anticipation of Trumponomics

Analysts spent early November warning a Trump victory in the U.S. presidential election would make the Federal Reserve less likely to raise interest rates. What happened instead is that it made a December increase a near certainty.

Nov 16, 2016 Wes Goodman and Marianna Aragao

Buzzwords: Funnel

Are you a customer that has fallen out of the funnel?

“If I have to use the word ‘funnel’ one more time today, I might die. #buzzwords” — @abhinemani

Posted on Twitter by Sacramento’s Chief Innovation Officer, Abhi Nemani, on Aug. 22, this was the tweet heard ‘round the Comstock’s office. It kicked off a lengthy debate among our staff about what “funnel” actually meant.

Oct 12, 2016 Robin Epley