Millennials are watching less sports than previous generations. Bo Han, a former Twitter employee, is building Buzzer to make sports more accessible and flexible for sports fans, when and how they want it. The platform delivers what’s dubbed as “short-form live” content that allows fans to leverage their existing subscriptions or through nominal micropayments to view live games. Han was kind enough to join us to share more about the experience of fundraising during a time there were no live sports, his offer to return capital to investors during the pandemic in the wake of uncertainty, the company’s future plans, and recent round from notable investors that include Lerer Hippeau, Sapphire Sport, R&R Venture Partners, Imagination Captial, Anthony Noto, Richard Parsons, and Grace Kim.
COVID-19 has left us longing for human connection even if it’s through video chat. This is no different for gamers. Multiplayer games are the new social networks. And in these trying times where we are isolated from each other, games are how people are choosing to spend time with friends. Bunch, is an integrated video chatting app that allows gamers to video chat in real-time with fellow gamers and friends. CEO and Cofounder Selçuk Atli walks us through how the company has grown the user base 50x since March and the company’s $20M Series A round from investors that include General Catalyst, Electronic Arts, Krafton (PUBG), mixi, Take-Two Interactive Software, Ubisoft, Supercell, Riot Games, Miniclip, COLOPL, LVP, Northzone, Streamlined Ventures, Konvoy Ventures, OneTeam Ventures, Velo Partners, Golden Venture Partners, and Alven Capital Partners.
Applicaster’s Zapp App Management Platform simplifies the development and lifecycle management of OTT media applications. In an era, where media companies must be where the audience is, Applicaster enables these companies to seamlessly widen their distribution without custom development for each platform and multiple codebases. CEO and Cofounder Jonathan Laor shares more on how the company was bourne out of need, prescient in its thinking, and was able to recently close its latest funding round from investors that include Viola Growth, 83 North, Pitango, Saban Ventures, Planven Investments, and La Maison
A look at how businesses can transform their TVs from background noise to short-form entertainment that could increase revenue in a Post-COVID-19 world.
Playbook is a mobile marketplace enabling top fitness instructors to turn their iPhone content into a subscription income. Instructors can create content (workouts, programs, challenges, nutrition, etc) on their terms. Consumers get access to a world of instructors for a single cost. CEO Jeff Krahel shares more about empowering fitness instructors to build their businesses without depending on studios.
2048 Ventures Managing Partner Alex Iskold shares some insights into what he is looking at from an investment standpoint in 2020 and beyond.
fuboTV, the live-TV streaming platform, has agreed to be acquired by publicly-traded FaceBank Group, the character-based virtual entertainment company. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed but fuboTV will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of FaceBank Group after the transaction closes. “The business combination of FaceBank Group and fuboTV accelerates our ability to build a category-defining […]
How-to videos are more popular than ever and Instagram Stories and Snapchat has made How-to videos a preferred medium to learn and teach new things. NYC startup Jumprope‘s platform empowers people to create how-to videos through a unique step-by-step format that allows anyone to build an informational how-to video without any previous video editing or specialized skills. […]
Cheddar, the digital-first video news network, has been acquired by Altice USA, the US unit of Dutch cable provider Altice, for $200M in an all-cash transaction. Altice USA was formed when Altice acquired Optimum from Cablevision. Altice had been a distribution partner for, and investor in, Cheddar. “The Altice team and Altice Way are as […]
Technology is completely changing the way people approach education. The increase in mobile connectivity is creating access to education for countless students that would otherwise be underserved or ignored by traditional education means. Mobile learning is a $37B industry and UVII is a mobile-first education platform that sits at the intersection of education, technology, learners, and […]
Fitness is moving to digital, like everything else. The flexibility of a digital presence in terms of convenience, ease, and price for the consumer has made it a popular choice. NEO U is an all-inclusive platform that enables fitness influencers and workout brands can reach a larger audience by providing a fitness studio (first one is […]