Why Black female CEOs lead 50% of the companies in our portfolio

Sharon Vosmek Contributor Share on Twitter Sharon Vosmek is the CEO of Astia and managing partner of the Astia Fund. One thing is for certain as 2022 kicks off – there are billions of dollars worth of opportunities ripe for investment that include women leaders. Astia alone considered $3.024 billion in 2021 representing 1,103 companies, […]

Maybe creator funds are bad

In the summer of 2020, TikTok set aside $200 million to pay U.S. creators in what it called a “creator fund.” This wasn’t a common practice at the time. The more seasoned platform YouTube paid creators by distributing funds through its partner program, established in 2007, which enables revenue sharing on the advertisements that play […]

On-chain raises are the future of startup funding

Parker McCurley Contributor Share on Twitter Parker McCurley is the co-founder and CEO of Decent Labs. Web3 is owned by the VCs, Jack Dorsey says. Well, I’d argue that web3 is whatever we make it – and the VCs only own it if we allow them to. We are building web3 right now and we […]

Telemedicine startups can survive and thrive under renewed regulation

Nathaniel M. Lacktman Contributor Share on Twitter Nathaniel M. Lacktman is a partner at Foley & Lardner and chair of the law firm’s national Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Team. Jacqueline N. Acosta Contributor Jacqueline N. Acosta is special counsel at Foley & Lardner and a member of the law firm’s Telemedicine & Digital Health […]

Accessible hiring practices to solve for The Great Resignation

Meagan Taylor Contributor Share on Twitter Meagan Taylor, a project manager at Deque Systems, is passionate about dismantling systemic barriers to capital and opportunity, including on the web. Employees across industries are quitting their jobs. One recent study reported that one in four people quit their job this year. Whether we want to chalk it […]

Raising money is catastrophically challenging for female founders

Shanea Leven Contributor Share on Twitter Shanea Leven is co-founder and CEO of CodeSee, a developer platform that helps developers and development teams better understand codebases. “Raising money is catastrophically challenging for female founders, and even harder for Black female founders.” It’s a bold, even damning statement — one I made in a recent discussion […]

A hospitable metaverse requires the basic building blocks of virtual life

Steve Alexander Contributor Share on Twitter Steve Alexander is SVP and CTO of Ciena, a networking systems and software company that works with operators and content providers across the globe. Meta’s stated mission is to seamlessly connect disparate environments like work, social media and gaming so it can allow people to effectively live and work […]

Google’s loss to Sonos settles it: Big Tech has an IP piracy problem

Adam Mossoff Contributor Share on Twitter Adam Mossoff is a patent law expert at George Mason University who has testified before Congress on the STRONGER Patent Act and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled on January 6 that Google infringed Sonos’ patented innovations in wireless speaker technology. This […]

The metaverse will be filled with ‘elves’

Louis Rosenberg Contributor Share on Twitter Louis Rosenberg is a pioneer of virtual and augmented reality and CEO of Unanimous AI. Some say the metaverse is nothing but marketing hype, while others insist it will transform society. I fall into the latter camp, but I’m not talking about cartoon worlds filled with avatars like many […]

The road to disastrous biometric data collection is paved with good intentions

Leif-Nissen Lundbæk Contributor Share on Twitter Leif-Nissen Lundbæk is the co-founder and CEO of Xayn. He specializes in privacy-preserving AI. More posts by this contributor Kill the standard privacy notice There has been a rather fervent acceleration in planned biometric data collection in recent months. If you’re not worried about it, you should be. In […]