XOi – Bringing AI to the Field

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 businesses and elevate the human condition. <... Read more

State of VC – Southeast Spotlight

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 a significant bump from PetSmart’s $3.4B acquisition of Chewy. The bright spot of exit ac... Read more

The Rise of the CDP

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 fuel into lower performance marketing processes.  Marketing technology engineers have bee... Read more

Initial Coin Offerings: A Brief Primer and Key Considerations

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 concept has long term staying power, regardless of current market c... Read more