Decide which type of investor to target for raising capital

David Teten Contributor More posts by this contributor Should you raise equity venture capital or revenue-based investing VC? Why are revenue-based VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders? I recently wrote Should you raise venture capital from a traditional equity VC or a Revenue-Based Investing VC? Since then, I’ve talked with a number…

California’s new data privacy law brings U.S. closer to GDPR

The requirements aren’t insignificant, and the fines could add up Dimitri Sirota 9 hours Dimitri Sirota Contributor Dimitri Sirota is CEO and cofounder of data protection and privacy software company BigID. Sirota is an established serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and strategist in the technology and cyber security space. Data privacy has become one of the…

What AI startups need to achieve before VCs will invest

David Blumberg Contributor David Blumberg is founder and managing partner of early-stage venture capital firm Blumberg Capital. More posts by this contributor The Ascent Of Early-Stage Venture Capital Funding of artificial intelligence-focused companies reached approximately $9.3 billion in the U.S. in 2018, an amount that will continue to rise as the transformative impact of AI…

The AI stack that’s changing retail personalization

Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan Contributor Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan is Co-founder and CTO at Lily AI, a leading AI platform helping brands & retailers understand individual customer’s emotional context. Prior to joining Lily AI, Sowmiya helped to build Box and worked on numerous projects at Yahoo! and Pocket Games. Consumer expectations are higher than ever as a…

The case against Grace Hopper Celebration

Raksha Muthukumar Contributor Raksha is a software engineer at Google who is passionate about social justice and liberation through technology. We’ve heard the criticisms that there were fewer black women speakers than white men at Grace Hopper Celebration in the past, but event organizers heard our complaints and created an entire conference pathway and new…

D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity

Ashwin Ramasamy Contributor Ashwin Ramasamy is the cofounder of PipeCandy, which provides algorithm-generated insights and predictions about ecommerce and D2C companies. His company helps investors, banks, tech firms and governments understand the global ecommerce landscape. @Ashwinizer More posts by this contributor The different playbooks of D2C brands Waiting for the right professional network As the…

Relocating Indonesian capital will impact nation’s startup ecosystem

Hugh Harsono Contributor Hugh Harsono is a former financial analyst currently serving as a U.S. Army officer. More posts by this contributor Why the world’s first smart highway will most likely be in China Why the future of Chinese e-commerce is in its rural areas Recently reelected, Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced a desire to move…

I ran digital ads for a presidential campaign, and Twitter is right to ban them

Aaron Bartnick Contributor Aaron Bartnick (@AaronBartnick) served as Digital Director for Congressman Seth Moulton’s presidential campaign. He is currently completing graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. As the digital director for Congressman Seth Moulton’s 2020 presidential campaign, I was responsible for everything the campaign did on the internet: the emails you claim…

Banning digital political ads gives extremists a distinct advantage

Jessica Alter Contributor Jessica Alter is co-founder and chairman of Tech for Campaigns, an organization building the lasting tech and digital arm for Democrats and has helped over 200 campaigns on this front since 2017. Jack Dorsey’s announcement that Twitter will no longer run political ads because “political messages reach should be earned, not bought”…

Optimizing customer retention will be a priority in 2020

Guy Marion Contributor Guy Marion is CEO/co-founder of Brightback, the first automated customer retention software for subscription businesses. More posts by this contributor 6 steps to reduce churn for high-volume subscription companies We’ve seen our fair share of shocking headlines recently: tenuous IPOs, the “retailpocalypse” and a fickle market have reset the way we size…