Market Analysis

What Square’s smashing earnings tell us about consumer bitcoin demand

Today we're talking Square earnings and its bitcoin base, especially in how it relates to the results of other entities that offer bitcoin sales.

Twitch UX teardown: The Anchor Effect and de-risking decisions

How does Twitch make money? And more importantly, what subtle psychology does it use to encourage viewers to spend more? Let's tear it down.

Why did Bill.com pay $2.5B for Divvy?

Let's unpack the deal to gain a better understanding of the huge exit and the value of Divvy's richly funded competitors.

AI is ready to take on a massive healthcare challenge

Shortening the diagnostic journey and reducing the associated costs was, until recently, a moonshot challenge, but is now within reach. Technology and AI advances are combining to make genetic testing

Freemium isn’t a trend — it’s the future of SaaS

The merits of launching a free plan should no longer need to be debated. Instead, more companies should be asking: Are we giving enough away?

How much product room will fintech giants leave for startups?

This morning, we'll examine the buy now, pay later (BNPL) market, mostly through the lens of PayPal's first-quarter results.

Uber’s mixed Q1 earnings portray an evolving business

Surprised by the revenue miss? Shocked by the profit beat? Startled by the sharp drop in the value of Uber's stock? Let's unpack the numbers.

Beyond the fanfare and SEC warnings, SPACs are here to stay

Can SPACs still solve the funding problem for capital-intensive, deep tech startups? And will they become a permanent financing option?

Despite gains, gender diversity in VC funding struggled in 2020

There’s no excuse for the slow pace of improvement toward greater equity in the venture capital/startup game. And we’re tired of writing dispiriting posts about it.

Brex, Ramp tout their view of the future as Divvy is said to consider a sale to Bill.com

Earlier today recent dog-parent Alex Konrad and fellow Forbes staffer Eliza Haverstock broke the news that Divvy, a Utah-based corporate spend unicorn, is considering selling itself to Bill.com for a

Revel’s Frank Reig shares how he built his business and what he’s planning

Revel's founder and CEO discusses what he learned from building the company, how its business strategy has evolved, and what lies ahead.

As Q2’s lull fades, unicorn IPOs are revving up

Let’s discuss IPOs this morning to fully understand where we stand today in the realm of unicorn liquidity.

SAP CEO Christian Klein looks back on his first year

As he looked back on the one-year mark, Klein sat down to discuss the unique set of challenges he faced.

Will fintech unicorn Flywire’s proposed IPO reach escape velocity?

What we're looking at here is a fintech unicorn IPO. A great way to kick off the week, to be honest, though I'd thought that Robinhood would be the next such debut.

The Duolingo EC-1

Education may well be the most important activity we conduct as a society — and it may also be the hardest space to build a startup in. Selling to school districts and universities is notoriously di

How a bot-fighting test turned into edtech’s most iconic brand, Duolingo

Luis von Ahn, an entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to scaling free education, has probably annoyed you more than once. In fact, you’ve likely been annoyed by his work dozens and maybe hundre

The product-led growth behind edtech’s most downloaded app

Duolingo CEO and co-founder Luis von Ahn was tired of the gray and dreary design aesthetic edtech companies used to emulate universities. Instead, he and the company’s early team sought inspiration

How Duolingo became fluent in monetization

As its meandering route to monetization will demonstrate, Duolingo isn’t mission-oriented, it’s mission-obsessed. Co-founders Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker never wanted to charge consumers for a

Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

Duolingo has been wildly successful. It has pulled in 500 million total registered learners, 40 million active users, 1.5 million premium subscribers and $190 million in booked revenues in 2020. It ha

Analytics as a service: Why more enterprises should consider outsourcing

In today's world, where customers value experiences over transactions, Analytics as a Service helps businesses dig deeper into their psyche and tap insights to build long-term winning strategies.
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