16 Minutes on the News #3: Fortnite, Esports, Gaming, & Entertainment

Andreessen Horowitz

entertainment gaming new mediums online videoThis is episode #3 of our new show , 16 Minutes , where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way — why they’re in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech — … new media news 16 Minutes a16z Bytes apparently all our stuff is 16 (or multiples of 16!)

Sandbox VR - The future of entertainment

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Brand vs. Subscription: Apple Plus

Andreessen Horowitz

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Investing in Roblox

Andreessen Horowitz

In fact, games are not even just “games” any longer, but a form of entertainment — the … The post Investing in Roblox appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. gaming & new media LSV announcements education entertainment gaming

Investing in the Podcast Ecosystem in 2019

Andreessen Horowitz

In the world of podcasting, the flywheel is spinning: new technologies including AirPods, connected cars, and smart speakers have made it much easier for consumers to listen to audio content, which in turn creates more revenue and financial opportunity for … new media consumer startups entertainment new mediums

Shonda Rhimes on How to Create Stories (and Products) People Want

Andreessen Horowitz

gaming & new media entertainment founder/maker stories on leadership our Summit events storytelling Summit 2019 TV[simplecast-embed error="src attribute needs to be set"]. Hollywood and Silicon Valley seem so different, but are more alike than we think.

Hallucination vs. Vision, Selling Your Art in the Real World: Brian Koppelman Interviews Marc Andreessen

Andreessen Horowitz

The full Q&A is transcribed below, but you can also listen to … Uncategorized #longreads entertainment founder/maker/operator stories guest hosts Q&AsEditor’s note: This recent podcast interview of Marc Andreessen was conducted by Brian Koppelman, writer (Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen, etc.), director, and showrunner (with David Levien) of Billions.

a16z Podcast: Gaming Goes Mainstream

Andreessen Horowitz

The company is responsible for some of the … gaming entertainment esports founder/maker/operator stories holiday specials M&A our Summit events Summit 2018Bobby Kotick is the CEO of Activision Blizzard (a merger he engineered); it’s one of only two video gaming companies in the Fortune 500, and the largest game network in the world.

a16z Podcast: How Many Taps in the Apple (Plus) Tree?

Andreessen Horowitz

In this another of … Uncategorized entertainment hallway conversationsWhat does Apple’s recent event — in which a range of new services was announced, from Apple News Plus to Apple TV Plus to the Apple card — mean for the company’s overall strategy and tactics?

How Does the Casino Industry Use SaaS?

SaaS Metrics

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16 Minutes on the News #8: Apple Camera, Services; Wearables – Where are We

Andreessen Horowitz

entertainment gaming sensors sensors everywhere and. This is episode #8 of our news show , 16 Minutes , where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way — why they’re in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech — … AI, machine & deep learning bio mobile new media news 16 Minutes a16z Bytes apparently all our stuff is 16 (or multiples of 16!)

16 (x2) Things We’re Watching, Listening to, and Playing This Summer

Andreessen Horowitz

We’re a culture of readers here at a16z, and have shared lots of what we’re reading already — but we also love entertainment ! And while we’ve sometimes mentioned our favorites on various podcasts or Twitter, here, for the first … Uncategorized apparently all our listicles are 16 (or multiples of 16!) holiday specials

What Will this Crisis Accelerate in Your Ecosystem?

Tom Tunguz

Entertainment is changing. I read an op-ed in Bloomberg last week written by a stock trader who was on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the 1989 crash. His manager brought him into his office. The trader feared his manager would fire him. Instead, his manager told him that these kinds of crises accelerate change and that he should embrace them. I’m struggling to find the link now, but if I do, I will update this blog post with it.

SaaSOptics Stories: Meet Mary Chiaffredo


But one thing is for sure: We're a hard-working, talented and entertaining group to meet, and I'm excited to start telling our stories. SaaSOptics team members have incredible stories to tell. From world travels to unique hobbies, there's a lot you probably don't know about the team.

Coronavirus messaging trends: Things to keep in mind


Whether this is working from home, entertaining yourself and your family, caring for loved ones, looking after your health, etc. Consumer services: finance, insurance, utilities, entertainment.

Scale with fellow founders at SaaSociety


On the one hand, it’s highly entertaining whether you’re destroying clay pigeons or the golf course. In what can be rightfully deemed the era of the entrepreneur, we often gravitate towards glorifying founders; their successes and lifestyles.

Why LA Is The Best Place for Startups to Flourish?


The unbelievable access to the entertainment industry, presence of luxury brands, and living along with the abundance of distribution companies, equipment, and production teams all make the city surreal enough to be one’s imagination. Los Angeles is known as the city of dreams.

How To Run Facebook Ads For SaaS To Get New Paying Users?


What are common objections that you hear (or have) regarding Facebook ads for SaaS companies? “ Users log in to Facebook to see posts from their friends and for entertainment.

Seal the Deal: Sales Presentations That Don’t Suck (Summit Replay)

Sales Hacker

How to create one by leveraging the entertainer’s effect. The Entertainer Effect (17:14). ? In 2014, I was working at a digital product agency, and my team had the opportunity to pitch to a major entertainment brand on building a loyalty program for their number-one TV show.

How Netflix Is Making the Wrong Tradeoffs in the Streaming Market


Netflix is a first mover in subscription entertainment. From the beginning, Netflix solidified their position as the preeminent streaming entertainment service in the market. 12% said on-demand/watch content — “Quality entertainment where and when I want it.”.

Startupland – How three guys risked everything to turn an idea into a global business

The Angel VC

It’s an entertaining read, too, and as someone who was fortunate enough to have played a small role in Zendesk’s beginnings, reading about those early days put a smile on my face many times. As some of you may know, my friend Mikkel , founder and CEO of Zendesk , wrote a book.

Mental Models to Help You Grow

Sales Enablement, SaaS and Growth

Examples of jobs to be done include, people buying a hammer to hang a painting and famously, a milkshake for entertainment during their daily commute. One of the biggest challenges businesses face when they grow is scaling effective , autonomous and quick decision-making. What worked with 30 employees will start creaking at 300, and break well before you hit the 3,000-mark. Good decision-making is extremely important.

Announcing the 2019 Class of the Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy


Today marks the beginning of Techstars’ first SportsTech focused accelerator, the Techstars Sports Accelerator Powered by Indy , a 13-week mentor-ship driven accelerator program supporting startups addressing solutions across the sports spectrum.

The Best Content Marketers in the World

Tom Tunguz

Game shows, sitcoms, and drama for after-dinner entertainment. I once asked a VP of Marketing at a top SaaS company how she thought of content programming. What is the right type of content to create? I asked her. She replied with a brilliant little insight, “I look at way the best content marketers in the world do it. The TV networks.” ” News dominates the early morning. Then, daytime television takes over targeting those who stay at home.

Here’s SendGrid’s seed round pitch deck


I hope you find this deck useful or at least entertaining to see. In 2009, coming out of Techstars, SendGrid set out to raise a seed round. The original target was $300,000. They ended up raising $750,000 in that round. Eight years later, they went public at around a $1B valuation.

5 things I learned failing to sell Baremetrics for $5m


Know, or at least have an idea, of the revenue multiple you’d need to be at to even entertain a conversation. One of the major contributing factors to me entertaining any offers earlier this year was the depression and anxiety I was dealing with. I failed to sell Baremetrics for $5m. While failure is 100% a part of success, it’s only useful if you learn something. So, here are some of the things I learned from this little failure.

Making things people want

Inside Intercom

Maybe your customers want to be entertained, or spend more time with their friends, or understand what projects teammates are working on, or maybe they want to project growth for their business. The problems people encounter in their lives rarely change from generation to generation.

Who are Asia’s SaaS VCs?


Fresco Capital focuses on businesses developing new solutions in the enterprise, education, infrastructure, healthcare, consumer goods and entertainment.

How To Create A Social Media Marketing Strategy In 5 Easy Steps


You need to indulge them by publishing amazing posts that are informative, funny, educational, emotional, or entertaining. Instead, keep your marketing discrete and publish 80% of entertaining posts while saving only 20% for promotional brand-related announcements.

An Antifragile Thanksgiving

Tom Tunguz

Taleb entertains with his irreverence and his depth of thought. I’m grateful for all the entrepreneurs who have spent time teaching me how to build their companies. Over these past few days, I have been reading the book Antifragile written by Nassim Taleb.

The Most Transformational Force in US Society

Tom Tunguz

Entertainment. Taxis. Mobile phones. Communications. Banking. Healthcare. In the past ten years, is there an industry startups haven’t upheaved? Startups have been the most transformational force in US society over the past 20 years. Uber has transformed the taxi industry, reducing taxi rides in yellow cabs in San Francisco by 65% in 2 years. Hampton Creek has created an eggless mayonnaise that terrified the US egg industry.

Successful Seven-figure Funding Round for Provider of SaaS Customer Loyalty Platform

The SaaS Garage

Loyalty Prime Intensifies Its International Growth. By Loyalty Prime , December 29th, 2018. . The Loyalty Prime Group, a leading provider of SaaS-based loyalty platforms, has completed another seven-figure funding round.

Why People Need Instagram and What Kind of Ads They Want to See


Apart from entertaining yourself and your followers, getting on top of trends and using the right hashtags can help you reach an entirely new audience. Conclusion As you can see, Instagram is much more than a way for us to entertain ourselves and be social online.

How to Watch Netflix Content with VPNs

SaaS Metrics

Entertainment is a special aspect of people’s lives. It frees up your mind—letting you feel fresh and good. For instance, watching movies and shows can elevate your spirit and inject more life into your daily activities. And that’s where Netflix comes in.

The Voice of the People is Data

Tom Tunguz

We know the models work - we have seen it first hand on the web - and in order to survive, access to such data will be table stakes in the entertainment industry. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, in all likelihood you’re a big fan of “House of Cards.” Netflix designed it that way.

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How does churn differ across subscription markets?


We have classic B2B enterprise products, we have subscription box of the month clubs, and we even have subscription entertainment but the thing is, churn varies widely across these industries.

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Is Your SaaS Charismatic Enough to Build a Tribe?


Our ability to be informative, transparent, authentic, entertaining, and engaging has an impact on the success of our content. Nurturing the characteristics of a charismatic company to inspire devoted, loyal advocates to provide social proof. Social proof is huge in SaaS marketing.

2019 LaunchPad Propel Pitch Competition Winners Help Build Student Credit Scores, Connect Young Creative Talent to Opportunities, and Provide Healthy Snacks


While predatory practices of credit card companies can present real risk to students long term, Michael has recognized that safer and commonly repeated payments (including student tuition, gym memberships, and streaming entertainment bills) can be utilized to help students build credit.

4/18: is it the end of Hulu as we know it?


Every time one of these major entertainment companies sells their stock in streaming, we see a risk of losing content. High five, crew. Abby here on National High Five Day, and I’m beginning to wonder who the heck comes up with these celebratory days.

The decade software ate the world

Inside Intercom

Maybe the rise of streaming spells the end of the mainstream – while we were once part of a collective audience of a common popular culture, but the profusion of choice has increasingly atomized our entertainment.