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.

IFS extends its vertical focus

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I have always liked IFS’s focus on complex, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc Readers know I think the software market is at a pivot point. We have plenty of hr, financial and basic CRM functionality, but very little in the way of industry specific functionality.

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Vertical or Horizontal

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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

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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. For example, the site is a vertical search engine for the education industry. Uncategorized Google horizontal market vertical market

Verticalization is paying off

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I tend to gloss over most press releases where vendors announce new customers, but have been noticing several industry trends. Unit4 is starting to show momentum in the N. American local government market – several recent wins. It mirrors their. Industry Commentary

Bowery Raises $20M to Build Vertical Farms

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Company will use the money to open its second vertical farm and invest in its technology platform. Bowery Snags $20M to fund the future of farming. Money

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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

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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

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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. 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

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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

Watching Emerging Tech? Keep an Eye on These 3 Verticals

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Technology isn't just disrupting existing markets. Entrepreneurs are using technology to create entirely new ones. Innovate

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. The second vertical to go was hearing aids where I’ve heard up to 90% of high end hearing aids are now 3D printed.

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. 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.

4 Small Business Verticals Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Will Destroy In the Coming Decade

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It's time to disrupt your small business and prepare for the coming loss of white-collar jobs and service-based businesses. Technology

Theres gold in them thar piles of contracts

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Silicon Collar Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc The category of Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) software has been rapidly evolving from its document management and audit roots to automation of complex legal language and sophisticated measurement of exposure to risk. That came out loud and clear when I.

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. 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.

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. 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

Start a Tech Business: How to Uncover an Unexpected (and Highly Profitable) New Vertical

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For every startup, one of the biggest questions isn't just what to provide, but which market to break into. Startup

Is Vertical Integration Right for Your Startup?

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Manufacturing your own products is easier said than done

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

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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.

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. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

SapphireNowis SAP poised to lead the industry again?

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Analytics, Big Data Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation Book Silicon Collar Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc I went to SapphireNow in Orlando last week. I am getting requests to write an update to SAP Nation. There is plenty I could write about – how thousands of SAP customers are trying out one or more of the.

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

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

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.

The Everyday Economy Is Not a Vertical Strategy

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When describing the Everyday Economy, it is helpful to talk about some of the verticals that are seeing wholesale redesign and the opportunities within those verticals. We have blogged about a few of the verticals so far, including housing , food , entertainment , and others.

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

Everything You Need to Know About Making the Switch to Vertical Video

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Vertical video is more powerful, effective and intimate and it's here to stay. Innovate

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.

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:

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. 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

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.

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

Millennial News Startup Mic Launches Two New Verticals

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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

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. 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.

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

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

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.

3 Edtech Trends to Watch in 2017

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These are verticals entrepreneurs should investigate first. Innovate

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.

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?