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On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s Epsilon marketing unit has one confirmed and one reported bidder, and the Plano, Texas-based firm could choose one as early as this...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. David Llorente wasn’t happy. Day in and out his writers were grinding out repetitive online gaming news in their Tallinn,...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Driven by a maturing and fast-growing audio advertising market, M&A activity in the podcasting space continues apace. The latest example is the audio streaming platform Spotify’s plan...
Tesla is rolling out entertainment features for its vehicles -- while Wall Street questions the automaker’s profitability and critics continue to voice concerns surrounding its lofty self-driving goals.  Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted over...
The podcast skirmishes may be turning into an all-out war, now that a once-neutral player appears to have taken a side.  Apple is planning to fund exclusive, original shows for Apple Podcasts, which is...
Byju’s, which has been called India’s first edutech unicorn, continues its fundraising spree with a $150 million investment led by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, which will help the company with its efforts to expand globally.
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Since the New Oxford American Dictionary named “podcast” its word of the year in 2005, podcasts have become big business. Media outlets, such as National Public Radio and the...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Frank Barbieri, an investor and co-founder of the San Francisco startup consultancy Ecolese, has worked in senior positions at Microsoft, InfoSpace and...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. New York-based private equity firm Wellspring Capital Management has bought Lucky Strike Entertainment, it announced on April 4. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lucky Strike’s outlets...
Startup ID R&D is unveiling the latest version of its voice biometric product, joining a host of rivals creating new apps and seeking funding as voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Voice increasingly show up in...
Comcast launched an eye control feature for its Xfinity X1 cable service that it says makes television more accessible for people with disabilities. According to Quartz, Comcast is the first American entertainment company to offer full eye...
Key Takeaways: ● Podcast advertising is growing. Revenues are projected to reach $659 million by 2020, compared with $169 million in 2016. ● Measurement difficulties have slowed industry growth — but analytics are improving. ● The audio advertising market will transform from...
The online dating market is projected to be worth $12 billion by 2020, with 310 million active users worldwide. Despite those vast numbers, user growth at mainstream dating apps including Tinder and Bumble is expected to peak...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Identity verification provider Onfido raised $50 million in late-stage funding from several high-profile venture capital firms, underscoring the strong demand for cybersecurity products and services, including...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Backed by private equity sponsors, large talent agencies are expanding across the media sector in pursuit of vertical integration. Key Market Movements CAA (Creative Arts Agency), operator of an entertainment and sports agency, received an undisclosed amount of development capital...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. As streaming becomes an increasingly crowded field, two tech giants have decided that “kiss and make up” is a better strategy to continue growing their user...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. It’s been almost eight years since writer Walter Isaacson wrote in his biography of Steve Jobs that the late entrepreneur said he...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. The tech industry has long maintained that the protection of personal data should be self-regulated and that a macro regulatory approach like...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Backed by private equity sponsors, large talent agencies are expanding past strictly the traditional media sector in pursuit of greater vertical integration. Key Market Movements CAA (Creative Arts Agency), an entertainment and sports agency, received an undisclosed amount of...
Generation Z is on “the precipice of a loneliness epidemic,” according to Sima Sistani, co-founder and CEO of the “face-to-face” video chat app Houseparty. The video app aims to help ease that loneliness. This...
Amazon’s Alexa has its detractors, who see the voice assistant as an eavesdropping annoyance raising privacy concerns. To the mind of entrepreneur Adva Levin, it’s a creative tool, with the promise of bringing families together through play
U.S. podcasting rivals Stitcher and Wondery are teaming up to help U.K. advertisers sell to their expanding podcast audience.  The ad networks unveiled a podcast platform, Podfront UK, which allows U.K. advertisers to buy...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Football is by far America’s favorite sport, and it’s statistically been the spectator sport of choice since 1972, according to Gallup. The most-watched television programs in history are...
Things really do last forever on the Internet, especially the smut. The latest example is DeepNude. Code-sharing website Github recently removed the code, which used artificial intelligence to transform innocuous photos of women into...
Dealmaking in the podcasting field is continuing, as companies eyeing rising advertising revenues race for content. Entercom Communications Corp., the second-largest radio broadcaster by revenue, announced Aug. 7 its acquisition of two leading podcast...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Ever feisty T-Mobile is going after the behemoths of cable and satellite television service. The Bellevue, Wash.-based telecommunications company announced the launch of TVision Home, a new home...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Esports company Gen.G raised $46 million in new funding from celebrity investors including Will Smith and soccer player Keisuke Honda to help pay for a global...
As consistent advertising revenue becomes harder to come by, micropayments are growing as a way for meme-makers and other independent creators to get paid. Meme-hosting site Imgur secured its second big funding round, a...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Tinkergarten, a nationwide ed-tech learning program for children through age 8, received $21 million in financing from WndrCo, a holding company run by former DreamWorks and Dropbox executives. WndrCo, led...
Martin Basiri, CEO of ApplyBoard, started the company as an international student from Iran in 2015. ApplyBoard, an Ontario-based edutech company, snagged $55 million in series B funding. As more money is pouring into...
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