Market research has been driving strategic decisions for companies for decades. However, the tools and models that have been predominantly used have not adjusted to reflect today’s digital age and today’s consumer environment. Suzy is a modern, digitally-native enterprise market research platform built for the sophisticated needs of today’s brands. Offering on-demand insights, the company has shifted the pricing paradigm away from cost per response to a SaaS offering with licenses to customers, providing more flexibility and predictability. By integrating technology onto the platform, Suzy is able to deliver actionable insights much faster in an easy-to-use end-to-end cost-effective solution. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO, serial entrepreneur, and Founder Matt Britton to learn more about the genesis of Suzy from his agency days, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include H.I.G. Capital, Foundry Group, Rho Ventures, BDMI, and Triangle Peak Partners.
$180M+ in new funding for NYC startups across five rounds! The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/28/2021 featuring funding details for Squire, Oova, and much more.
When the live game-show HQ debuted in 2017 it was an instant hit with millions of users signing on concurrently to take a chance at winning in trivia. Although the company did not ultimately survive, the success of a new form of interactive entertainment did not go unnoticed. This NYC startup takes it a step further by focusing on the intersection of gaming, streaming, game shows, and broadcasting. Genvid is a technology infrastructure provider and now publisher focused on what the company calls massive interactive live events (MILEs). The company initially focused on building infrastructure tools for interactive streaming but saw there was a significant opportunity on the publishing side. For its first experience, it partnered up with Pipeworks Studios for Rival Peak, a 24/7 interactive reality show with AI characters participating in an elimination-style competition that was broadcasted on Facebook. Following the popularity of this new format, the company is now planning on building more MILEs both internally and with licensed IP owners as partners. Genvid will also continue to provide the infrastructure tools through its SDK for others to build their own MILEs.
AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and CEO Jacob Navok to learn more about the inspiration for the business, how the company has created a new category of entertainment, strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Valor Equity Partners, Atreides Management, Galaxy Interactive, Horizons Ventures, OCA Ventures, and Makers Fund, Valor, Atreides, Third Point, Cobalt Capital, LightShed Ventures, XN, and Lux Capital.
6 fundings and nearly $780M in new startup fundings for New York companies! The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/27/2021 featuring funding details for iCapital Network, Norby, and much more.
With so many moving parts in the home improvement process, nothing ever goes as exactly planned. Many of the hurdles of the home renovation process like over-budget, delays, workmanship issues can be solved with better communication and properly managing expectations and timelines between homeowners and contractors. Block Renovation is a managed marketplace platform that leverages technology to guide homeowners and contractors through the renovation process to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget. The company uses a proprietary design system and suite of homeowner tools to get projects rolling and connects the homeowner to a contractor from a pre-vetted network of construction specialists. Initially focused on bathroom renovations in the New York market, Block has expanded to cover kitchen renovations and also into the Los Angeles market. The pandemic created a renewed interest in home improvement as we spend more time at home and as a result, the startup, founded in 2017, has experienced triple-digit growth. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder Koda Wang to learn more about how the company is alleviating the stress commonly found with home improvement projects, the growing interest in home renovation during the pandemic, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include NEA, Giant Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, Morningside, and Obvious Ventures, and much, much more.
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/26/2021 featuring funding details for ByHeart, Mint Comedy, and much more.
20 new fundings; $680M+ in new funding secured for NYC startups this past week. NYC Tech News for the week ending 7/24 featuring news for Block Renovation, Ethena, Aiera, and much, much more.
When you think about investment management an image of a traditional, white-shoe firm with mahogany furniture may come to mind, rich with years of investing history. However, today’s consumers are a bit more discerning in their choices for investments and investment managers. Titan is the investment management platform catered towards the needs of these next-generation investors. Founded in 2018 by a number of finance executives, Titan leverages technology and innovation to democratize investment opportunities in a transparent manner; many of these opportunities previously were only reserved for those with private wealth managers. The firm has a growing number of open-access actively-managed investment strategies across different asset classes including crypto. As the pandemic fueled a surge in interest in active investing, Titan company was able to grow 500% in the last twelve months and expects to have $1B AUM by the end of 2021. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and Co-CEO Joe Percoco to learn more about the state of the investment management industry, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, BoxGroup, Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures, Odell Beckham Jr., Kevin Durant, Jared Leto, and Will Smith.
The latest venture capital, seed, pre-seed, and angel deals for NYC startups for 7/23/2021 featuring funding details for Zebra Labs, Fero Labs, and much more
The US baby food market is expected to exceed $100B per annum by 2025. The importance of proper nutrition during early childhood cannot be understated. Yet, the incumbent baby food producers have a long history of using sugar, salt, and fat in their offerings. Little Spoon is a direct-to-consumer brand focused on providing high-quality, nutrient-rich organic food for babies and children, free of artificial sugars, preservatives, and, additives. The company ships nationwide with the baby offering (Babyblends) starting at less than $3/meal with the kid’s line (Plates) starting below $5/meal. The company recently launched its own online parenting community – Is This Normal, a resource-based destination for parents to converge around topics related to parenting. As the pandemic led the push towards unprecedented interest in digital and online solutions, Little Spoon recorded 300% growth year-over-year. AlleyWatch caught up with the Little Spoon founding team (Lisa Barnett, President and CMO; Ben Lewis, CEO Michelle Muller, Chief Experience Officer; and Angela Vranich) to learn more about the business, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding from Valor Equity Partners and Kairos HQ.
In their earliest forms, legacy social media sites focused on connecting you with your friends. As the interest in these networks began to grow and the density of users increased, the sense of community began to dwindle as there was an exponential increase in content while attention span remained constant. This dynamic led to users following less of their friends’ activities but focusing more on topics of relevance, guided by categorization features like hashtags and groups, which led to an overwhelming experience. SageSpot is envisioning a future, with its platform, that directly connects best-in-class creators and interest-driven communities. At its core, it’s a platform for creators to share their knowledge and expertise with loyal communities without the noise found in other mediums. Creators are able to monetize their following by setting up subscriptions as well as through one-time revenue options like setting up a time to speak with individual members. SageSpot plans to launch by the middle of August with 15-20 creators onboarded onto the platform. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder CJ Dunne to learn more about the need for a new social network, the decentralization of content and social networking, the company’s strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include Khosla Ventures, Scott Malpass, Richard Rosenblatt, and Max Ritz, and Xander Ritz.