Market Analysis

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

Unlike their neighbors in fintech, it’s assumed that edtech companies need to expand to a number of big markets in order to reach a scale that makes them attractive to VCs.

Inside GitLab’s IPO filing

While the technology and business world worked towards the weekend, DevOps firm GitLab filed to go public. So we need to pause, digest the company's S-1 filing, and come to some early conclusions.

Zoom looks beyond video conferencing as triple-digit 2020 growth begins to slow

The company has been undertaking plans over last couple of years to move beyond its core video conferencing market — here's how industry experts see this plan working.

The value of software revenue may have finally stopped rising

Startups are raising record sums around the world, thanks to several contributing factors. But the free ride could be ending.

Crypto’s networked collaboration will drive Web 3.0

Web 1.0 was the static web, and Web 2.0 is the social web, but Web 3.0 will be the decentralized web. It will move us from a world where communities contribute but don’t profit, to one where they ca

What could stop the startup boom?

Similar to how certain macroeconomic conditions have provided a long-term boost, a reversal of those conditions could do the opposite.

Goldman says $2.2B purchase of BNPL provider GreenSky will help expand Marcus

The acquisition is positioned to bolster the firm's consumer business and offer new products and new ways to attract consumers to its Marcus by Goldman Sachs brand of finance products.

Forge’s SPAC deal is a bet on unicorn illiquidity

The total addressable market that Forge serves is growing by the day, with more and more unicorns being born and a steady drumbeat of unicorn IPOs doing little to clear the decks.

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

Here are five reasons why VCs should consider ratcheting up their investment into adtech startups building the next generation of creative tools:

Intuit’s $12B Mailchimp acquisition is about expanding its small business focus

At first blush, the $12 billion Intuit-Mailchimp deal might not make a heck of a lot of sense. But people tend to pigeonhole companies, and in this case they might see Intuit as purely a financial sof

Atlanta’s sundry startups join in global VC funding boom

With around $3 billion invested in the first half of 2021, already around a 50% gain on 2020’s full-year figures, it’s clear Atlanta is seeing an unprecedented wave of venture investment.

Here’s what your BNPL startup could be worth

What would you pay for $1 of BNPL GMV?

3 methodologies for automated video game highlight detection and capture

Distilling the most impactful five to 10 minutes of content out of eight or more hours of raw video becomes a non-trivial time commitment. AI can help, but there are distinctions in methodologies.

Is India’s BNPL 2.0 set to disrupt B2B?

A specific vertical of BNPL products is gaining traction: one targeted toward small and medium enterprises (SMEs), also known as "SME BNPL."

Advanced rider assistance systems: Tech spawned by the politics of micromobility

Operators like Spin, Voi, Zipp, Bird and Superpedestrian are investing in tech that can detect and correct poor rider behavior, sometimes going as far as stopping scooters if they're on a sidewalk.

What China’s new data privacy law means for US tech firms

Modeled after the EU's GDPR, China's PIPL imposes protections and restrictions on data collection and transfer that companies both inside and outside of China will need to address.

Investors are doubling down on Southeast Asia’s digital economy

Southeast Asian tech companies are drawing the attention of investors around the world. In 2020, startups in the region raised over $8.2 billion, about four times more than they did in 2015.

Plentywaka founder Onyeka Akumah on African startups and global expansion

Plentywaka, a combination of English and Nigerian that means “plenty movement," has big plans to ameliorate the public transport infrastructure in Africa and beyond. 

Anatomy of a SPAC: Inside Better.com’s ambitious plans

“We aren't so easily categorized,” said Better CEO Vishal Garg.

Edtech leans into the creator economy with cohort-based classes

Edtech's boom is rivaled by that of the creator economy, which promises to help creators monetize and democratize their passions, all while maintaining their identity.
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