Creative capital is the secret sauce, not venture capital

Brett Lovelady Contributor Share on Twitter Brett Lovelady is the founder of Astro Studios, now a part of PA Consulting, a design-driven company that empowers designers and strives to capture the value of design in the product, brand, experience and company creation process. Around 90% of startups ultimately fail, and the reasons leading to failure […]

What we can learn from edtech startups’ expansion efforts in Europe

Rhys Spence Contributor Share on Twitter Rhys Spence is head of research at Brighteye Ventures, a European edtech-focused fund, where he works with portfolio companies to help address priorities, with a focus on internationalization. More posts by this contributor The 2021 edtech avalanche has just begun It’s a story common to all sectors today: investors […]

Choices and constraints: How DTC companies decide which strategy to follow

Companies typically have to settle on strategies that align with their customers, employees, investors, and regulators. The more they know about how the other side will decide, the clearer their own strategies become. If regulators always prefer choice for consumers, then it is easy for a platform to allow multiple payment choices: Shopify allows multiple […]

The responsibilities of AI-first investors

Ash Fontana Contributor Share on Twitter Ash Fontana, a managing director at Zetta Ventures, is the author of “The AI-First Company: How to Compete and Win with Artificial Intelligence.” More posts by this contributor Growing up in the intelligence era Investors in AI-first technology companies serving the defense industry, such as Palantir, Primer and Anduril, […]

5 things you need to win your first customer

Bryan Dsouza Contributor Bryan Dsouza leads product marketing at Grammarly, and previously led various product management and product marketing roles across B2C and B2B at Microsoft. A startup is a beautiful thing. It’s the tangible outcome of an idea birthed in a garage or on the back of a napkin. But ask any founder what […]

Dear Sophie: Should I apply for citizenship if I have a conviction?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: When […]

Creative ad tech is on the cusp of a revolution, and VCs should take note

Casey Saran Contributor Share on Twitter An ad tech veteran who has logged time at Google and The Rubicon Project (now Magnite), Casey Saran is co-founder and CEO of Spaceback. 2021 has been a good year to be an ad tech investor. Valuations are surging, Wall Street is happy and exits are frequent and satisfying. It’s […]

Use creative automation software to amp up your brand’s lower-funnel assets

Miha Mikek Contributor Share on Twitter Miha Mikek is the CEO and co-founder of creative automation company Celtra. With the holiday season around the corner, growth marketers are gearing up for their busiest time of the year. E-commerce brands are now leaning heavily on social sales and digital advertising, but should also expect an omnichannel […]

3 keys to pricing early-stage SaaS products

Yousuf Khan Contributor Share on Twitter Yousuf Khan is a partner at Ridge Ventures. Prior to joining Ridge, he was the first CIO of Automation Anywhere, CIO and Vice President of Customer Success at cloud-based AI platform Moveworks, as well as CIO of Pure Storage, Qualys and Hult International Business School. More posts by this […]

3 methodologies for automated video game highlight detection and capture

Nathan Babcock Contributor Share on Twitter Nathan Babcock is a computer scientist and freelance writer in Chicago and a co-founder of automated highlight detection startup Clip It. Benjamin Clingan Contributor Benjamin Clingan is a software developer specializing in Python back ends, finance, genetic neural networks and other machine learning strategies and a co-founder of automated […]