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Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Make.TV is seeking to do to the video acquisitions business what Napster did to the music industry nearly two decades ago, which...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. The specter of magazine publishing may be haunting advertisers, but millennial-centric apps like Bumble and Airbnb are not perturbed. More than startups, these digital-first companies are symbols...
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.
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Fluctuating NFL broadcast ratings have spurred an increase in the number of independent football leagues around the United States. Brian Woods is...
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...
It’s been three years since Museum of Ice Cream -- what might be considered the case study for pop-up Instagram havens -- opened its sugary doors. Now, co-founders Maryellis Bunn, called  “Millennial Walt Disney” by New York...
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...
Another study is saying facial recognition software is proving unreliable when dealing with people of color.The American Civil Liberties Union of California recently released their study of Amazon’s Rekognition software marketed to law enforcement authorities. The software...
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...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators, and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. The entertainment industry as we know it might look a little different come Sunday morning, A nearly four-decade-old agreement — known as...
Efforts to combat fake news rarely reach the people most exposed to the falsehoods, resulting in a “preaching to the choir” effect that has limited impact.That’s the conclusion of a new study from big data firm Alto...
Vivendi’s Canal+ acquired Nigeria’s largest film production house ROK, expanding into Africa’s growing “Nollywood” film industry while it fights rising competition at home. The deal by France’s pay-TV giant Canal+, according to Reuters, is the first international...
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. Cybersecurity risks multiply by the day. Then it’s no surprise that companies combating those risks are racing to keep up. Enter CyberRisk Alliance. In its second acquisition in...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. As an investment bank specializing in the media sector, Palazzo is navigating stormy seas. M&A activity is brisk and there has been no shortage of IPO activity, with both Pinterest and Zoom going...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. So far, 2019 has seen the audio industry abuzz with acquisition deals, new funding rounds, and snazzy new feature launches. As the...
One of the world’s most popular esports organizations, FaZe Clan, signed its first female member: Fortnite player Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler, who is 13 and a student at the Indiana School for the Deaf.   Wheeler,...
WOM Protocol, maker of a Blockchain-based marketing technology, is employing Gen Z shopping platform Yeay to test young consumers’ preference for viral, word-of-mouth marketing over watching ads. WOM Protocol, based in Berlin, enables content...
The spread of fake news on U.S.-based social networks like Instagram and WhatsApp will be a bigger threat to the U.S. electoral process next year than foreign sources, an NYU report released this week predicts. 
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. There’s no business like show business: In 2018, film revenue hit all-time highs of $11.9 billion in North America and $41.7 billion globally, signalling that there are more...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Delays and interruptions in the delivery of content mean the loss of viewers, which can deeply hurt the financial performance of media companies. But Streamroot believes that...
Impact investment funds and ESG strategists often struggle to distinguish between good intentions and good marketing. It’s not a new idea: tobacco firms once pushed menthol cigarettes as a healthy alternative, and to this day some people...
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has had a tough couple of months.  Not only was the largest social network fined a record $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission but Facebook critic Sen. Elizabeth...
Apple, Google, and Pandora were sued last week for allegedly infringing on patents owned by  Post Media Systems in their online music services, in what may be the latest example of so-called patent trolls seeking to make...
A trio of female entertainment industry veterans have started a podcast network catering to women, carving out a niche as the nascent format expands rapidly and attracts bigger advertising dollars.  Former comedy agent Priyanka...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Quality or competition? Only Netflix knows why it stopped supporting Apple's AirPlay service. The streaming giant said ensuring a quality viewing experience was behind the decision. In a...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Clozette Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based social platform focused on fashion and beauty content, announced its $10 million Series C round on Tuesday. The investment comes from Cool Japan...
After a series of privacy concerns and data scandals, it’s official: Facebook has been removed from the S&P 500’s socially responsible companies list. S&P 500 Environmental & Socially Responsible Index, launched at the end...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. As business models for news continue to evolve, the pursuit of a lasting and profitable model for digital content publishers continues to quicken. Philip Balboni has long...
Last week, Taylor Swift’s master recordings were sold to music entrepreneur Scooter Braun, reigniting uproar surrounding artists’ rights in the age of streaming.  Music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have long been...
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