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Neeraj Agrawal, Brandon Gleklen, Olivia Henkoff, Jack Mattei  |  August 25, 2022
The Cloud Quarterly: Q2 2022

As promised, Battery is back with our updated Cloud Quarterly: A Founder’s Almanac for Q2 2022.

Since May, we’ve seen the public software markets settle (slightly) and VC investing begin to slow down—all while founders continued to build great businesses. Software CEOs will need a playbook to navigate these challenging economic conditions, and we hope this report will provide some context that can inform your strategy. As a sneak preview, here are some relevant questions:

  1. What is your current and Breakeven APE? If these terms are foreign to you, read through our thinking on why APE is the right “North Star” efficiency metric around which to rally your team right now. (You can also read a longer take on this topic in TechCrunch.)
  2. What should you do as a CEO to drive efficiency? Each of your orgs can find smart, measured ways to bring down expenses without sacrificing the quality of your offering or experience of your employees. We have specific advice, data, and/or tools for each of your GTM, product, engineering, and IT teams in the themes section of the report.
  3. How difficult will your next fundraise be? Check out our private-markets section to see statistics on the decrease in dollars deployed in Q2, a trend that’s continued for the last three quarters, broken out by geography and round stage.
  4. Curious about the latest on public and private valuations, including perspective on how top quartile valuations at each round are trending, and datapoints on the public-to-private valuation lag? We’ve got that too.

Cloud Quarterly: A Founder’s Almanac was created to offer timely insights for CEOs as market conditions are unpredictable. We’ve already seen some of our own companies marshal this data and begin to utilize these tactics, and we hope you can do the same.

View full deck here.

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