Spotify Platform: Spotify Adds New Marquee Feature ๐ŸŽถ

While Spotify’s main business isn’t a platform, we’ve seen multiple platform initiatives from the music streaming service. Alex breaks down some of the ways Spotify is trying to generate platform revenue including their new Marquee paid promotion feature. Subscribe to…

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Is Data as Valuable as Everyone Thinks It Is? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

Alex breaks down a recent NFX blog post detailing what makes data valuable and why so many companies fall victim to the pitfall of overvaluing proprietary data they’ve collected. What Makes Data Valuable: The Truth About Data Network Effects: www.nfx.com/post/truth-about-data-network-effects/?utm_source=angellist…

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Likee Video App: TikTok competitor Likee Coming to the U.S. Market

Likee, a short form video creation platform owned by social media company Joyy inc. has announced intentions to establish the United States as one of their largest markets. Alex looks at the new competitor to TikTok and discusses whether or…

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Enterprise Venture Building: Key Corporate Innovation Tools

Alex goes over some of the key tools for facilitating corporate innovation. Subscribe to the Applico YouTube Channel

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Zelle Payments: ๐Ÿฆ How Banks Quickly Built a Competitive Solution to Venmo

Zelle is a United States-based digital payments platform owned by Early Warning Services, a private company owned by Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo. Alex details how around banks were able…

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Roblox Developer: Is Roblox The Next Dominant Gaming Development Platform?

Roblox is a massively multiplayer online video game and game creation system that allows users to design their own games and play a wide variety of different types of games created by other users. Alex and Nick take a look…

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Innovation Theater: What Is It?

Innovation theater is a common pitfall large enterprises run into when attempting to spur innovation and defend against disruptive competitors. Innovation theater can be described as the dedication of company resources to disruptive technology with no expectation of an outcome…

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Waymo Outside Investors: Why I’d Invest NOW!

Waymo recently raised a $2.25 billion round that for the first time included outside investors. Alex breaks down why he would love to be a Waymo investors and explains how he thinks Waymo is in position to dominate multiple key…

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Startups 2020: Can Startups Survive the CoronaVirus Collapse?

Sequoia Capital recently published a note, titled Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020, providing guidance on the potential business consequences of the spreading effects of the coronavirus. Alex and Nick look over the post and explain why they don’t think…

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Why B2B Distributors Need to Take Advantage of Their Value Now!

Alex recaps a presentation he gave at the NAW 2020 Executive Summit breaking down the B2B product marketplace landscape and explains why now is the time for distributors to take advantage of their value. Subscribe to the Applico YouTube Channel

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Cashierless Store: NYC Airport Shops Licensing Amazon Go Just Walk Out Technology

Earlier this week, airport hospitality group OTG announced they will be the first company to license Amazon Go’s Just Walk Out technology. The first location to implement the cashierless technology will be the CIBO Express Gourmet Market inside Newark Libertyโ€™s…

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Lending Club Investing: Why the Radius Bank Deal is Genius ๐Ÿฆ

LendingClub has inked a deal to acquire Radius Bank for $185 million in a a cash-and-stock deal. Alex breaks down why he loves this deal for LendingClub and explains how this could mark the beginning of a new generation of…

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