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Perspectives on tech entrepreneurship and venture capital

Technologist and VC Kai-Fu Lee has called AI the ‘singular thing that will be larger than all of human tech revolutions added together’ and said AI will probably replace 50% of human jobs. It’s appropriate to be concerned about how we manage the significant disruption AI will bring, but AI has enormous potential to accelerate… Read More

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Executive Summary Venture capital in the U.S. continues to flow at historically high levels, largely driven by later stage deals, with total invested capital on pace through August for an all-time record in both the Southeast ($4.2B) and nationally ($70B). Exits have declined moderately, primarily due to lower corporate M&A activity, though the Southeast received… Read More

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Jul 14 The Rise of the CDP

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By Mike Becker and Emery Waddell Brief Background An old problem is being drawn to the forefront by explosive growth in the marketing technology landscape, as inaccurate and incomplete customer data flows through increasingly powerful tech stacks.  Data quality has hampered marketing performance for decades, but it didn’t feel quite as bad putting low grade… Read More

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By Emery Waddell and Travis Hanly Some argue the escalating hype surrounding initial coin offerings (also known more broadly as token sales) – viewed by many as a new alternative method of raising capital to traditional VC, crowdfunding and IPOs – is surpassing sustainable reality. Others are more bullish on the practice, suggesting the fundamental… Read More

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I’ve distilled my reactions to the recent MarTech Conference in San Francisco into a few, easily digestible points surrounding the marketing technology sector.

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