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Vertical Velocity

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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

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The conventional wisdom is to say that horizontal marketplaces will be replaced by vertical marketplaces. Maybe this is a flawed framework?)

Vertical Vroom Vroom

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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.

The Year of the Vertical

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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. Start ups are great barometers for the future.

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. Underlying Commoditized Services.

The rise of the vertical reputation graph

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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.

Infor: Its a vertical world after all

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Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, is a sharp dresser. At dinner he politely explained to a few curious analysts

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

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Then before long all dentists will be using a system like this and an entire mini-vertical will have been transformed.

Is Vertical Integration Right for Your Startup?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Manufacturing your own products is easier said than done

What is vertically integrated ecommerce and when is it appropriate?

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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. It’s a brand, and that brand is vertical. Personalisation is a common way for vertically integrated ecommerce companies to differentiate their physical product (e.g.

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. They took an innovative approach to distribution.

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

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

Scaling Techstars Horizontally

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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. You can scale vertically and horizontally at the same time. Techstars Berlin (Berlin).

Why Vertical Incubators Are More Interesting to Investors

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The rise of the vertical incubator focused on bringing together a set of startups aligned around a particular technology or industry. But for most investors time is even more precious than capital, so the reality is I can only focus on a handful of incubators, and in many cases, vertical beats horizontal Many (the majority?)

The Fall and Rise of Verticals

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In the late 90s, Gartner used to grade outsourcers on a poster with scores for verticals, horizontals, geographies.

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

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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

UNIT4s expansive view of the services sector

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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.

Millennial News Startup Mic Launches Two New Verticals

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

Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes. Andrew asked about how to determine demand for an ebook project before putting in all the work creating the ebook.

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

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

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

HealthTech Accelerator Vertical Steps Beyond Finnish Borders


Vertical office space for teams in Otaniemi area, next to Aalto University Source: Markus Helaniemi. Markus Helaniemi

Why so many hot apparel ecommerce startups are vertically integrated


Shoedazzle*, Bonobos*, J Hilburn, Warby Parker, IndoChino etc) are vertically integrated. Lightspeed portfolio companies. apparel Ecommerce

The new definition of vertical expertise

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Steve Jobs changed the music, telephony, publishing and retail industry with Apple’s products and processes. 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.

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. Lightspeed portfolio companies. apparel Ecommerce

A founder’s advice on hiring a VP of Sales

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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. From Jon…. Figure out if you need a VP of Sales or a Director of Sales. They are easier to find and much cheaper. Don’t go it alone.

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New CyberSecurity Report Highlights Some Surprising Trends

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Among the findings: The healthcare sector, not the financial vertical, is now being hit the hardest by hackers.

5 Ways To Make An Email Newsletter Your Best Sales Tool

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Vertical Response. Marketing Strategy Social Media aweber Constant Contact Infusionsoft Mail Chimp Pippity Vertical ResponseBe Sharable.

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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. On Jan. Sponsor.

Unit4 Update

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I had a chance to catch up with Ivo Totev, Chief Product Officer and get a Unit4 update. Enterprise Software (other vendors

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. A if you will.

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). That’s why I’m excited to announce our new investment.

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Elon Musk's Brother to Launch an Urban Farming Accelerator in Brooklyn

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

He just announced the opening of a vertical, hydroponic urban farm like no other Kimbal Musk is taking another stab at the food revolution.

IFS World Conference: Sneak Preview

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IFS invited me to their conference in Gothenburg, Sweden next week.

Yahoo Is Even Worse Off Than Anyone Realized

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Its core properties are rapidly losing audience and the company is shutting down half its content verticals

SpaceX Successfully Launches and Lands Rocket 6 Months After Accident

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Florida

The Changed Definition of Vertical Technology

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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.

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

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