September, 2023

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What Builders Talk About When They Talk About AI

Andreessen Horowitz

The foundation models we use today aren’t just beating humans at Jeopardy, or playing Go at a supernatural level, or powering better recommendation engines—they’re changing and creating new user behavior across art, design, games, medicine, coding, and even human relationships. And the broad impact of this wave of AI is already creating the sort of massive value we’ve seen with other platform shifts, like the internet, mobile, cloud.

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The Only Thing Which Has Failed About The ‘Creator Economy’ Thus Far Is Venture Capital’s Attempts to Get Their Piece. Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Creator.

Hunter Walk

I judge the health of the creator economy by one single controversial factor: ease of access and probability of survival for its participants. That is, if you are someone who wishes to earn a minimum viable living being creative, what is the likelihood you’ll be able to do so? A singer who wants to sing. An animator who wants to draw. A comedy troupe who wants to make you laugh.

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Meet the YC Summer 2023 Batch

Y Combinator

My first YC Demo Day was in Summer of 2008, where my startup and twenty-one others anxiously pitched a room full of investors on what we’d been working so hard to build. Fifteen years later, I’m here as YC’s president kicking off our 37th Demo Day — the one celebrating the Summer 2023 batch. I’ve seen a lot of batches in the last decade and a half, and I can say without a doubt: this is a good one.

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Nigerian embedded finance platform Anchor raises $2.4M to expand product offerings

TechCrunch

Anchor, a Nigerian banking-as-a-service (BaaS) provider, has raised $2.4 million in seed investment. Justin Kan’s Goat Capital led the financing round which also welcomed participation from FoundersX, Rebel Fund and some existing investors, including Y Combinator and Byld Ventures. The fintech emerged from stealth a year ago with over $1 million in pre-seed funding.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Investing in Pahdo Labs

Andreessen Horowitz

Anime as a media category has exploded in reach and cultural influence around the world. 69% of Gen Z watch anime and half of Netflix’s 222M subscribers watched anime in 2021, with total anime watch time growing 20% annually. VTubing – where creators live stream via an anime-style virtual avatar – is also becoming increasingly popular on Twitch, growing at 350% YoY.

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Meet the Talent x Opportunity Fall ‘23 Cohort

Andreessen Horowitz

A few weeks ago, we kicked off the Talent x Opportunity (TxO) Fall 2023 cohort in San Francisco. The founders hit the ground running in person, already building strong connections and rapport. We continue to be amazed by the visionary entrepreneurs TxO has had the fortunate opportunity to collaborate with since launching the initiative in 2020. To date, TxO works with 45 promising companies and 68 founders, all of whom are building products and services inspired by unique cultural insights.

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How Are Consumers Using Generative AI?

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s been 9 months since ChatGPT was released and 7 months since it became the fastest consumer application to reach 100 million monthly active users , ushering in a new era of generative AI. But other than ChatGPT, how are consumers interacting with generative AI (GenAI) products? In which categories do incumbents dominate—and where are new companies breaking out?

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Exclusive: Cendana Capital closes on $470M more to back seed-stage fund managers

TechCrunch

Michael Kim of Cendana Capital is often a first call for emerging seed-stage fund managers. Cendana has invested in many VC teams that have gone to enjoy great success – like Forerunner Ventures, K9 Ventures, and IA Ventures. Thanks to its own backers, Cendana keeps replenishing its supply of investing capital, too.

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A program so nice, these founders did YC twice

TechCrunch

Parker Conrad may be best known as the founder of both Zenefits and Rippling, but he is also arguably the best-known founder to have gone through Y Combinator’s accelerator program twice. Of course, he’s not the only one to go through the program twice; some founders have even gone through three times.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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Let’s Get Personal: Why AI Will Unlock a Massive Market for Online Consumer Services

Andreessen Horowitz

The internet opened up a major consumer market by providing services more cheaply, and to more people, online. Now, AI is kicking off a colossal wave of opportunities for startups by making it possible to build scalable online experiences that replicate the benefits of being in person. Having a highly personalized experience is what consumers value the most about in-person services—think of tutors, personal trainers, and doctors.

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5 neat AI startups from Y Combinator’s Summer 2023 batch

TechCrunch

It’s that time of year again: the week when startups in Y Combinator’s latest batch present their products for media — and investor — scrutiny. Over the next two days, roughly 217 companies will present in total, a tad smaller than last winter’s 235-firm cohort as VC enthusiasm a slight slump.

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Improving AI

Andreessen Horowitz

This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, which features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution. Cofounder and CEO of Anthropic Dario Amodei unpacks how far can scaling laws take us and how AI can be used to improve AI. [0:32] Dario’s background [2:26] GPT-2’s emergent capabilities [5:56]

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Disability tech startups kill the cynic in me

TechCrunch

"Accessibility is a human right," reads a sticker from the Howe Innovation Center. And for sure, it is great to see startups help companies make this a reality.

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How to Avoid the Pain and Cost of PCI Compliance While Optimizing Payments

Speaker: P. Andrew Sjogren, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Very Good Security, Matt Doka, Co-Founder and CTO of Fivestars, and Steve Andrews, President & CEO of the Western Bankers Association 

PCI compliance can feel challenging and sometimes the result feels like you are optimizing more for security and compliance than you are for business outcomes. The key is to take the right strategy to PCI compliance that gets you both. In this webinar, we have a great set of panelists who will take you through how Zero Data strategies can be used as part of a well-rounded compliance and security approach, and get you to market much sooner by also allowing for payment optimization.

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Prosus, Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk abruptly steps down

TechCrunch

Bob van Dijk, the chief executive of Dutch e-commerce investor Prosus and its controlling shareholder Naspers, has resigned from the top role and from the boards with immediate effect.

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Katie Haun believes now is a good time to invest in crypto

TechCrunch

Nearly two years ago, Katie Haun left Andreessen Horowitz and raised two crypto funds totaling $1.5 billion. And then . . . a crypto market crisis happened. At TechCrunch Disrupt, she looked back at what happened over the past couple of years and confirmed that she’s still very optimistic about the future of crypto.

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Hero MotoCorp to increase stake in Ather with fresh $66.5 million investment

TechCrunch

Hero MotoCorp, the world’s top two-wheeler maker, said on Monday it plans to invest up to $66.5 million in Ather Energy, a promising electric vehicle startup in India whose fast-growing fortune had to hit brake after a local policy change. Hero MotoCorp, which already owns a 33.

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Sierra Space raises $290M at a $5.3B valuation

TechCrunch

Sierra Space has raised $290 million in a Series B round to scale its Dream Chaser spaceplane and commercial space station projects, bringing its valuation to $5.3 billion. The company has now raised $1.7 billion to date, a record-setting figure for investment for a commercial space company, Sierra said in a statement.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Every startup and innovation project exists within an ecosystem that either helps or hurts that project. As innovation managers, we need to keep a pulse of that ecosystem and make sure we're helping those innovation projects we're managing every step of the way. In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in

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Kyle Vogt to discuss self-driving cars, AI, investing and more at TC Disrupt 2023

TechCrunch

Cruise, the self-driving subsidiary of General Motors, has raised over $15 billion, employs more than 3,000 people and expanded its footprint across multiple cities within the U.S. It even has a presence in Dubai. What does it take to build and scale such complex technology?

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Tinder goes ultra-premium, Amazon invests in Anthropic and Apple explains its new AirPods

TechCrunch

In this edition of Week in Review, we cover Tinder's pricey new subscription, Amazon's investment in Anthropic and the features of Apple's next-gen AirPods.

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TipTop

Andreessen Horowitz

Stuff used to break. If you’re of a certain age – *cough* like I am *cough* – you’ll remember that every city and town would have electronics repair shops. Your TV, VCR, clock radio would stop working, and you’d take it in to get it fixed. Decades ago, electronics chain stores and cell phone carriers figured this out and created point-of-sale insurance programs to cover the future cost of fixes.

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All that fintech investment had a real impact on banking penetration in Latin America

TechCrunch

When a group of startups works on a similar set of problems, they frequently bring about massive shifts in how day-to-day life is lived.

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The Startup Funding Gap

This resource discusses the gap between early funding from friends/family and the more substantial rounds from angel groups and VCs. Why does this gap exist and what can be done about it?

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How to buy an AI solution the right way: 7 questions new customers should consider

TechCrunch

Here's a high-level guide for evaluating an AI-based solution as a potential customer — an enterprise buyer scorecard, if you will.

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How to pitch me: 7 investors discuss what they’re looking for in September 2023

TechCrunch

If you’d like to know what investors are looking for, how they want to be approached and what they’re most likely to ask, keep reading.

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Pitch Deck Teardown: Tomorrow University’s $10M Series A deck

TechCrunch

Decks for education-based startups are pretty rare. Here's how Tomorrow University landed that $10 million.

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VC Office Hours: How data can help improve social impact investing

TechCrunch

Erin Harkless Moore talks about Pivotal Ventures’ investment strategy, and its future.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.