EC Market Map

What’s fueling hydrogen tech?

Hydrogen is capturing the attention of governments and private sector players, fueled by new tech, global green energy legislation and post-pandemic “green recovery” schemes.

Embedded procurement will make every company its own marketplace

The embedded fintech movement has just begun, but there is already a sister concept percolating: embedded procurement, which will allow businesses to buy things they need through vertical B2B apps.

Amid pandemic, Middle East adtech startups play essential role in business growth

There is tremendous potential in the Middle East for adtech startups and digital marketing agencies. Although consumers there used to prefer traditional advertising, the internet took over in 2020.

Automakers, suppliers and startups see growing market for in-vehicle AR/VR applications

While it's not likely that we'll be driving around wearing VR headsets anytime soon, in-car AR is already changing the way we travel, and it promises to continue to evolve.

The return of neighborhood retail and other surprising real estate trends

As shocking as it sounds, we could be entering a much better era for small, local businesses.

MaaS transit: The business of mobility as a service

Whether it's bundling bookings, payments or just trip planning, startups are offering new mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) products intended to make transit agencies the backbone of urban mobility.

No taxation without innovation: The rise of tax startups

Given the market needs for tax compliance, it’s somewhat shocking how poorly companies are being served by the majority of legacy software companies.

Farmland could be the next big asset class modernized by marketplace startups

A growing number of companies are revolutionizing the way farm and forestland is acquired, developed and commercialized across the United States.

White-label voice assistants will win the battle for podcast discovery

The voice assistant that can personalize podcasts and help listeners search, sample and discover content through shareable bite-sized pieces will win the voice wars.

Can solid state batteries power up for the next generation of EVs?

As the market for EVs shifts to include commercial vehicles, aerospace, off-roaders and microtransit, the commercial future for SSBs is finally looking a little more solid.

Extra Crunch is now hiring for reporter, editor and project manager positions

Extra Crunch is about to turn two years old and we now have a lot of demanding subscribers. Readers say they want more articles — in even more depth — about the latest trends in early-stage startu

Talent and capital are shifting cybersecurity investors’ focus away from Silicon Valley

With better access to capital and worldwide talent, there will be further opportunities outside Silicon Valley to scale and create a new wave of solutions to solve today’s cybersecurity problems.

End-to-end operators are the next generation of consumer business

These businesses are fundamentally reimagining their product experience by owning the entire value chain from end to end, thereby creating a step-functionally better experience for consumers.

It may not be as glamorous as D2C, but beauty tech is big money

Shifting consumer demands within beauty and retail are creating rich opportunities for U.S.-based beauty/consumer tech SaaS companies.

The tech-powered wave of smart, not slow, tutoring sessions

Some of the biggest decision-makers in edtech are taking a scalpel to the way tutoring used to work.

How artificial intelligence will be used in 2021

"We're going to start to see a lot of real value and ROI generated by AI across more and more businesses,"