Archive for “July, 2018”

Kylie Jenner, AT&T, and VC Cash

This week. The end of a love story. My 11 year affair with AT&T is over. Then the Kylie Jenner rocket ship, and what it means for the future of commerce And the summer of the VC. We’ll explore deals that matter I’m Gene DeRose
and I’m Steven Rosenbaum – and this is Future Forward.

FuFWD Rundown:

• AT&T vs. DOJ

Why I Fired AT&T

Justice Department appeals Time Warner-AT&T merger approval

• Kylie Jenner:

• How 20-Year-Old Kylie Jenner Built A $900 Million Fortune In Less Than 3 Years

Venture Capital Deals Of Interest

– MediaMath, a New York-based operating system for marketers and ad agencies, raised $225 million from Searchlight Capital Partners. It previously raised over $100 million from Spring Lake Equity Partners, Akamai, Safeguard Scientifics, Catalyst Investors and Observatory Capital.

– Greenhouse, a New York-based recruiting platform, raised $50 million from Riverwood Capital.

– Cosential, an Austin, Texas-based provider of CRM and proposal automation software for construction and architecture, raised $34 million in new funding from JMI Equity.

– Lumiata, a healthcare-focused predictive analytics startup based in San Mateo, raised $11 million in funding. Khosla Ventures and BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners co-led, and were joined by Sandbox Industries and Intel Capital.

– Octi, a Los Angeles-based VR platform focused on human movements, raised $7.5 million in seed funding from backers like Shasta Ventures, I2BF Ventures, Bold Capital Partners, Day One Ventures, Human Ventures Live Nation and AB InBev.

– Spring Health, a New York-based mental wellness platform for businesses and employees, raised $6 million in seed funding. ReThink Impact led, and was joined by Work-Bench, BBG Ventures, The Partnership Fund for NYC, RRE Ventures and the William K. Warren Foundation.

Future Forward Summer Camp!

Summer means it’s time for the Allen & Company Conference in Sun Valley. We didn’t get an invite – so we decided to host our own, virtually!

So, here’s the Future Forward Summer Retreat (Virtual), with a star-studded guest list, and some pretty provocative one on one conversations.

First, the guests:
Tim Armstrong – Oath
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
Tim Cook – Apple
Sundar Pichai / google
Satya Nadella / Microsoft
Reed Hastings / Netflix
Kevin York Systrom – Instagram
Shantanu Narayen, CEO Adobe
Randall Stephenson, CEO, AT&T
Meg Whitman – New TV
Jack Dorsey – Square and Twitter
Evan Spiegel – Snap
Jeff Bezos – Amazon
Elon Musk – Tesla
Ben Silberman – Pinterest
Hans Vestberg, CEO Verizon
Mark Thompson, CEO The NY Times
Rupert Murdoch, CEO Fox
Bob Iger, Disney
Now, the encounters:

– Tim Cook has coffee with Jack Dorsey
– Mark Zuckerberg has a drink with Mark Thompson
– Tim Armstrong plays tennis with Jeff Bezos
– Rupert Murdoch and Bob Iger talk about Disney and Fox.
– Hans Vestberg Randall Stephenson
– Elon Musk and Reed Hastings

Go90 Gone! Summer Rentals at VRBO. Is Tech Dumb Money for Hollywood?

It’s Summertime! Can the web help you land a spot on the beach? We’ll take a dip in the water. Then, what happened to Go90? The hundreds of millions down the drain, and you’ve never heard of it. And finally – can the siren song of Hollywood lure tech? You Betcha! I’m Gene DeRose –
And I’m Steve Rosenbaum – and this is Future Forward – let’s launch!

Vacation Homes:

Air B&B public in 2019
VRBO / Home Away

Tips for beach rentals through VRBO, Airbnb

Tips for beach rentals through VRBO, Airbnb

It’s Not Just Airbnb — HomeAway Starts Adding Hotels Too

It’s Not Just Airbnb — HomeAway Starts Adding Hotels Too

Marriott CEO explains why it took 10 years to enter vacation rentals dominated by Airbnb

side bar:

Google Calendar gets an ‘Out of Office’ mode

Google Calendar gets an ‘Out of Office’ mode

Go 90 – Gone.

Verizon is pulling the plug on go90

Verizon is shutting down go90


Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud