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Sōzō Pulse

Every quarter, we survey different leaders at our portfolio companies on pressing issues. Our interactive data experience lets you explore the results in detail.

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CFOs - May 2022

CFOs weigh in on inflation, talent, volatility, and more

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How companies feel about the state of the economy compared to a year ago.

  • More optimistic
  • Less optimistic
  • No change
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Factors companies believe will impact their business in 2022.

  • Inflation
  • Rising interest rates
  • Hiring/retention challenges
  • Market volatility
  • The financing environment
  • Supply chain issues
  • The war in Ukraine
  • COVID-19
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How long will inflation last?

  • 0-6 months
  • 6-12 months
  • 12-18 months
  • 18-24 months
  • 24+ months
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Market volatility's impact on the timing of fundraising plans.

  • Accelerated plans
  • Slowed plans
  • No change
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Market volatility’s impact on the size of the next fundraising round.

  • Plan to raise more
  • Plan to raise less
  • Plan to lean more on debt
  • Plan to lean less on debt
  • No change
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Expected timing of next fundraising round.

  • 6 months
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 2+ years
  • N/A – Don't plan to raise new equity
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How companies adjusted business activities because of market volatility.

  • Slowed hiring or cut jobs
  • Cut sales or marketing expenses
  • Cut R&D expenses
  • More careful spending on opex and capex
  • N/A – Not adjusted
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Current market environment's impact on timing of a potential public offering.

  • No, our timing remains the same
  • Yes, we will delay 6-12 months
  • Yes, we will delay 12+ months
  • Yes, but undefined how long we will delay
  • N/A - No plan to enter public markets
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Do you expect cash compensation to increase more than usual in 2022?

  • Yes
  • No
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Do you expect equity compensation to increase more than usual in 2022?

  • Yes
  • No
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Drivers of increased compensation costs.

  • Inflation
  • Competitive job market
  • Increased exit timeline
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Adjustments companies are making due to higher compensation costs.

  • Raising additional capital
  • Scaling back hiring plans
  • Reducing investments in other areas
  • Leaning more heavily on equity compensation
  • None
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Companies that allow for employee liquidity before an exit.

  • Through company-sponsored liquidity events
  • By allowing employees to sell in secondary markets
  • Not yet, but we intend to before exit
  • No
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