Trending Sources

Vertical Velocity

deal architect

I predicted 2016 will be the year of verticals in the enterprise software space. Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc We are off to a good start. This morning Jose Duarte, CEO of Unit4 updated us about the Higher Education acquisition they made a few months.

Vertical or Horizontal

A Crowded Space

The conventional wisdom is to say that horizontal marketplaces will be replaced by vertical marketplaces. And why not – if you are designing a vertical marketplace you can have the user experience custom tailored to that vertical and provide a better experience.

Vertical Vroom Vroom

deal architect

Infor’s continued focus on micro-verticals and deploying them in the Amazon cloud is starting to pay off. In its quarterly earnings announcement it said “it has more than 25 million users of its cloud applications, and industry-specific certifications in healthcare, Industry Commentary

What is the difference between a vertical and a horizontal market?


A vertical market is one in which all of your customers are in one particular industry, regardless of where in the food chain they are. For example, the site is a vertical search engine for the education industry. Uncategorized Google horizontal market vertical market

The Year of the Vertical

deal architect

Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc I woke up this morning to press releases from NetSuite and Infor from the annual National Retail Federation show in New York, announcing new retail customers and investments. It is a rapidly changing industry with omni-channel options, mobile pays and.

Go Vertical

Seeing Both Sides

Yet, in my own work with various incubators, I am often struck by the lack of vertical focus. Companies like Open English , SimpleTuition and Skillshare are all gaining significant traction in this vertical and taking novel approaches that get around traditional gate-keepers.

Why there won’t be an Uber in every vertical

Version One Ventures

While these ingredients certainly aren’t unique to hiring a ride, they do not cut across all industries and verticals. By contrast when services can be delivered with more flexible timing, it’s easier for competitors to enter a vertical or new location and there’s less of a “winner takes all” dynamic. The post Why there won’t be an Uber in every vertical appeared first on Version One.

The rise of the vertical reputation graph

Version One Ventures

These vertically-focused platforms cater to the specific needs of their users, offering a close networking community around shared interests. However, the real threat for LinkedIn is that these hundreds of vertical platforms are becoming more and more relevant for their users on a daily basis than LinkedIn ever was. LinkedIn is the place where you dump your resume, while the vertical site is where you build your brand, spend your time, and actually network.

Infor: Its a vertical world after all

deal architect

Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, is a sharp dresser. His lean frame and his attention to detail (he has designed his own shirt collars since he was young) certainly help. At dinner he politely explained to a few curious analysts

3D printing expanding through the industrial world vertical by vertical – now dental crowns

The Equity Kicker

Then before long all dentists will be using a system like this and an entire mini-vertical will have been transformed. The second vertical to go was hearing aids where I’ve heard up to 90% of high end hearing aids are now 3D printed.

What is vertically integrated ecommerce and when is it appropriate?

The Equity Kicker

Andy Dunn, the founder of Bonobos and one of the most thoughtful writers I know on ecommerce, penned a good piece yesterday entitled Digitally Native Vertical Brands. He was talking about what most of us describe as vertically integrated ecommerce, and gave the following definition: The primary means of interacting, transacting, and story-telling to consumers is via the web. It’s a brand, and that brand is vertical.

Top Hat Raises $22.5M Series C in a Tough Vertical: What Can We Learn from their Success

Version One Ventures

Generally speaking, Ed Tech has proven to be a tough vertical, primarily due to the fact that it’s hard to charge consumers (students) directly. While bottom-up distribution is pretty common now in other verticals, it’s important to realize that bottom-up is rarely done in Ed Tech. Series C in a Tough Vertical: What Can We Learn from their Success appeared first on Version One. Our portfolio company Top Hat just closed a $22.5M (USD) Series C round.

Scaling Techstars Horizontally

Feld Thoughts

There are two common ways to scale a system – horizontally or vertically. Scale Vertically (or “scale up”): Add resources to a single node in a system, typically involving the addition of CPUs or memory to a single computer. Think of vertical scaling as building a bigger monolithic machine and horizontal scaling as add more machines to the system. You can scale vertically and horizontally at the same time. Techstars horizontal scaling vertical

Is Vertical Integration Right for Your Startup?

Inc Startups

Manufacturing your own products is easier said than done

Why Vertical Incubators Are More Interesting to Investors

Hunter Walker

The rise of the vertical incubator focused on bringing together a set of startups aligned around a particular technology or industry. Often done with a corporate partner or other strategic relationship (university, investor) these have potential because they have a path to solving my needs: (A) Selection Filter : If I’m interested in the vertical, high ROI way to see a bunch of startups thinking about the space.

The Fall and Rise of Verticals

deal architect

In the late 90s, Gartner used to grade outsourcers on a poster with scores for verticals, horizontals, geographies. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

More Yahoo Employees Leave as the Company Shuts Down Several of Its Editorial Verticals

Inc Startups

The exits include Dan Tynan, Yahoo Tech's editor-in-chief

UNIT4s expansive view of the services sector

deal architect

Enterprise Software (other vendors) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc As part of a corporate re-branding exercise, UNIT4 hosted an analyst call last week – see replay here. While they have previously announced they would focus on the services sector, I thought that would mostly be around local government and.

How To Gauge Demand For Your Ebook, Mastermind Tips, Options For Non-English Speaking Entrepreneurs, And Horizontal Vs Vertical Business Strategies by Yaro Starak

You will also find out how Walter … Read the rest of this entry » The post How To Gauge Demand For Your Ebook, Mastermind Tips, Options For Non-English Speaking Entrepreneurs, And Horizontal Vs Vertical Business Strategies appeared first on

Audio 22

HealthTech Accelerator Vertical Steps Beyond Finnish Borders


In the Vertical's first batch a vast majority of the teams were Finnish, but for the Spring programme 116 foreign startups applied and five were chosen. Vertical office space for teams in Otaniemi area, next to Aalto University Source:

Why so many hot apparel ecommerce startups are vertically integrated


Shoedazzle*, Bonobos*, J Hilburn, Warby Parker, IndoChino etc) are vertically integrated. Vertically integrated companies can take a lot of the costs out of the system and provide a much more compelling value to the consumer while still making an attractive margin.

The new definition of vertical expertise

deal architect

Steve Jobs changed the music, telephony, publishing and retail industry with Apple’s products and processes. Elon Musk is changing how we drive, commute, generate power and explore space. Jeff Immelt presents with giant props like aircraft engines and blowout preventers. Industry Commentary

A Place To Call Your Own: Building Your Brand’s Vertical Social Network


Here are the reasons why you should create a “vertical” social network for your brand: Create a more personalized social experience. Other companies focus their vertical networks on connecting customers with each other. By Vanessa Richardson.

Oracle's Acquisitions and Why it Will Be a Good Year for Vertical SaaS Startups

Inc Startups

Originally published by Tomasz Tunguz on LinkedIn: A Key Moment In Time For Vertical SaaS StartupsIn the past week, Oracle acquired two vertical SaaS companies. OPower is an Arlington Virginia

Millennial News Startup Mic Launches Two New Verticals

Inc Startups

Mic, the media website with a Millennial target audience, is expanding its focus beyond policy and activism in order to meet long-term goals in the increasingly competitive market

Why so many hot apparel ecommerce startups are vertically integrated


Shoedazzle*, Bonobos*, J Hilburn, Warby Parker, IndoChino etc) are vertically integrated. Vertically integrated companies can take a lot of the costs out of the system and provide a much more compelling value to the consumer while still making an attractive margin. The WSJ has a story on what goes into the price of a shirt that shows why so many of the current batch of hot apparel ecommerce companies (e.g.

"Showrooming" Dynamics Will Vary by Vertical This Holiday Selling Season

Inc Startups

Develop a balanced game plan across online and in-store channels to close out 2015 with a bang

A founder’s advice on hiring a VP of Sales

Version One Ventures

News Recruitment saas Sales Software as a service vertical SaaS VP Sales One of the best parts about having a strong portfolio filled with smart people is the wise advice that founders share with each other. In this case, one of V1’s portfolio companies has been looking to hire a VP of Sales and I asked Jon Zimmerman ( @jpzimmerman ), CEO of Front Desk , to share his experiences and insight on the matter.

Sales 31

5 Ways To Make An Email Newsletter Your Best Sales Tool

Duct Tape Marketing

Vertical Response. Marketing Strategy Social Media aweber Constant Contact Infusionsoft Mail Chimp Pippity Vertical Response5 Ways To Make An Email Newsletter Your Best Sales Tool This content from: Duct Tape Marketing.

Email 40

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends For The Decade


In fact, in the discussion on JuJu brands is yet another validation of the verticalization and niche-ization of the Internet. This week, I published an article called The Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends where I have discussed this at length. On Jan.

Unit4 Update

deal architect

Some highlights: a) Heightened vertical focus Unit4 has narrowed focus to 4 major verticals – professional services, public services, higher education and. I had a chance to catch up with Ivo Totev, Chief Product Officer and get a Unit4 update.

Inside Warehouse drills down into verticals with ecommerce tool for publishers


This pets angle is still a major vertical for the company, and they''ve also moved into the Baby sector. What would have happened to the dot-com bubble crash if could innovate like these Lithuanians?

Announcing our latest investment: Clio

Version One Ventures

At version one, we are big believers in the vertical SaaS opportunity. A mobile-first approach, combined with a laser-like focus on a specific vertical, can create the right toolset to help SMBs achieve huge productivity gains ( I wrote about this nearly a year ago for TechCrunch). Clio now joins fellow vertical SaaS companies in the V1 portfolio, including Front Desk (scheduling/client management) and Jobber (field service).

Cloud 14

CES 2013 Preview: What Happens in Vegas, STAYS in Vegas

VC Cafe

This week marks the annual orgy of PR excess known as the Consumer Electronics Show. More than 150,000 (mostly male) visitors, many sporting T-shirts with mysterious acronyms like “4K in HD3D”, will. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

New CyberSecurity Report Highlights Some Surprising Trends

Inc Startups

Among the findings: The healthcare sector, not the financial vertical, is now being hit the hardest by hackers. For other interesting insights, please see the article

IFS World Conference: Sneak Preview

deal architect

In this, what I have called the year of the vertical in cloud ERP offerings, I am looking forward to learning more of their focus on asset intensive industries IFS invited me to their conference in Gothenburg, Sweden next week.

The Changed Definition of Vertical Technology

deal architect

Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc It was 1997. Gartner used to publish an annual poster which rated systems integrators/outsourcers by industries, by geographies, by technologies, and other competencies. It was a large wall hanger with many rows and columns, and many analysts, including me, had.

A Vertical Market Can Be A Mindset

Mike Michalowicz

Each one of the members is located near a major city and has identified an industry vertical, except Blake. Definitely not enough for him to serve a niche vertical market. The mistake many entrepreneurs make when trying to focus on a niche, is believing that vertical means industry.

Vertical Markets 1: Bad Advice – All Startups are the Same « Steve.

Steve Blank

Verticals Are Different I began to realize that entrepreneurs (and their professors) act like every vertical market and industry has the same set of rules. So the first heuristic is: do not assume the startup rules are the same for all vertical markets. Now when my students begin their team projects, I list 13 vertical markets on the whiteboard. Entrepreneurs who have experience in the vertical market they’re entering do this analysis automatically.

Venture Cyclist: Existence Proof to Scale?From Point to Line to Curve

Venture Cyclist

The vertical axis is, well, whatever you want, to start with (users, sign-ups, click-through rate, leads…), but always has to end up being revenue, profit, cash generated. Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC.