Among paid Slack customers, users are spending 90 minutes per day using Slack on average. Companies are also spending countless hours on Zoom at a time where studies are now emerging indicating that fatigue from virtual interactions is taxing the psyche, leading to decreased concentration. However, podcast listeners spend an average of 6 hours and 37 minutes listening to podcasts every week and continue to be highly engaged. Spokn is a secure podcasting platform designed for work that seeks to capture the engagement of podcasts and bring it to the corporate setting, reducing time spent on non-aural platforms. The internal podcasts add a more personal touch to everyday communications and employee development programs, increasing employee engagement. Spokn is easy to use across the entire organization when it wants to get out content quickly for a variety of use cases (updates, mission statement, training, etc) and also has the added benefit of freeing up the hands of employees to allow them to multitask. AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and CEO Fawzy Abu Seif to learn more about the powerful impact that podcasting in the workforce can have, the company’s strategic plans, and latest round of funding from NEA, Y Combinator, Reach Capital, Funders Club, Liquid2, Share Capital, SOMA Capital, Scribble VC, and Hack VC.
An Angel in New York
Swipe right is no longer reserved just for dating apps. Cobble, the decision-making app for couples, makes use of the simple and elegant swipe right UX feature to help couples discover and decide on what activities, events, shows, or movies to attend/watch. Cobble is a spin-off of the date night blog, idk tonight, and has already recorded +200K swipes on its platform since its launch earlier this year. The app is initially focused on those who are in committed relationships with plans to expand to the broader market of friends and groups. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Chief Editor Jordan Scott to learn more about the inspiration for spicing up date night, the company’s geographic expansion plans, and recent round of funding.
Today, I take a look at the state of venture capital and seed funding during the month of May nationally, where over $8.8B was invested into US startups. Analyzing some publicly available data from our friends at CrunchBase, we break down the aggregate statistics for all funding deals by stage of funding (Seed, Series A, Series B, and Series C+) […]
Welcome to Inside the Mind of a NYC Angel Investor, a new series at AlleyWatch in which we speak with New York City-based Angel Investors. Up first in the hot seat is Alicia Syrett, Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital. She serves on the Board of Directors of New York Angels, is a regular panelist […]
A look at the funding environment for NYC women in tech, analyzing discrepancies in funding for female-founded and gender-mixed founded startup teams.
Nearly $500M raised. Find out where it went in this detailed report that covers the NYC venture capital environment in October…
Managing Airbnb rentals can be a burden. On top of making your house look perfect for guests and all the maintenance that goes with that, you need to make sure that you are being paid promptly. In the current model, there is an inevitable lag between stays and payments. Thankfully, Payfully is giving you the […]
I was honored to talk to the latest cohort at Ari Horie’s Women’s Startup Lab accelerator in Menlo Park recently. As we closed a discussion of early stage investing I offered up three high level pieces of advice on achieving startup success. This was based on my observations of shared winning behaviors of startups I have had the privilege […]
Kevin Tung is an active angel, who is about to launch yet another startup of his own.
Wait’ll you hear the one skill that all superengineers have. Every single one.
This Angel in New York is an Investment Banking Whiz.