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Future Of Professional Services In SaaS

The Future Of Professional Services In SaaS

A lot has been written about the future of professional services in SaaS and in particular how this component of a software business continues to change. Tomasz Tunguz recently wrote a fascinating piece about how the economics of professional software have changed in the SaaS...

Bridging The Gender Gap In Venture Capital

Bridging The Gender Gap In Venture Capital

In April, we announced our participation in Project #MovingForward, an open-source directory that pools diversity, inclusion, and anti-harassment commitments from VCs. As part of our ongoing interest in the initiative, Bowery Capital releases an annual gender study, designed to measure and track gender diversity (or...

Zero-Rating Opportunities in B2B SaaS

Zero-Rating Opportunities In B2B SaaS

We recently discussed net neutrality's impact on innovation and AT&T’s acquisition of AppNexus. Today we are going to examine zero-rating opportunities in B2B SaaS. Zero-rating allows a user of an app to freely use the content without it counting towards their data cap. For example,...

AT&T's Acquisition of AppNexus: What It Means For Media

AT&T’s Acquisition Of AppNexus: What It Means For Media

While AT&T's recent acquisition of Time Warner was considered the latest blockbuster M&A deal of 2018, the company's expansion into new verticals continues. AT&T's acquisition of AppNexus, a digital advertising exchange, puts the longstanding telecommunications incumbent in competition with the likes of Facebook and Google,...

What To Make Of Increasing Startup Valuations

What To Make Of Increasing Startup Valuations

If you’re deep in the trenches of the startup space like we are, you’ve probably already read - or at least heard about - Fred Wilson’s recent post, The Valuation Obsession, which touches on an important question facing investors and entrepreneurs alike: what do higher...

Proving Content Marketing ROI

Effectively Proving Content Marketing ROI

Proving content marketing ROI (return on investment) has become increasingly important in recent years, especially as it becomes clearer how effective content marketing can be when compared to traditional marketing. It’s been shown that content marketing costs 62% less than traditional marketing, yet it generates...

Recent Workday Acquisitions

Our Thoughts On The Recent Workday Acquisitions

Chalk another one up for M&A. Early last week Workday, the company that offers HR and other back-office apps for businesses, acquired Adaptive Insights, a provider of business planning and financial modelling tools, to the tune of $1.55B. Adaptive Insights has filed for their IPO on May...

Ideas For Startups Selling To Hospitals

Ideas For Startups Selling To Hospitals

While the enterprise sales process is challenging regardless of industry, these challenges are all the more difficult when it comes to healthcare, which is why we’re outlining a few ideas for startups selling to hospitals. Firstly, why is healthcare particularly challenging to sell into? Perhaps most...

The Unraveling Of Net Neutrality

Unraveling Of Net Neutrality: The Impact On Innovation

You’ve probably heard the term on NPR or read about it on Twitter: net neutrality, the principle that internet services providers (think: Verizon, Comcast, AT&T), or ISPs, should treat access to all content and applications the same despite owner or user. Well, last week marked...

AI Supremacy

Key Takeaways In The Fight For AI Supremacy

The Bowery Capital blog has been filled with discussions that examined the shifting pawns on the chessboard that is the fight for AI supremacy. As a principal investor in the machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystems, we are always keeping a close eye to...

Novel Framework For US AI Policy

Our Novel Framework For US AI Policy

Artificial intelligence has been a prominent feature on the Bowery Capital blog. We have covered the major nations public stance on AI and dove into the US public policy on AI. Rather than provide more highlights of countries' AI plans, we thought it best to provide...

Federal Cannabis Legislation

Federal Cannabis Legislation To Keep An Eye On

In April of 2017, Bowery Capital did a deep dive on cannabis software, in which we analyzed the cannabis software history, market themes, and investors. This post was a piece of a larger topic that focused on opportunities for software in different verticals. Since then there...

India's New AI Strategy

Reflections From India’s New AI Strategy

Press releases on different countries' AI strategies are beginning to feel like a weekly occurrence. This week it is India who has released their "National Strategy for AI".  We have written a collection of blog posts in the past months that cover AI Nationalism, AI...

US Policy within AI Nationalism

US Policy Within AI Nationalism

Fear and competition with the Soviet Union spurred a wave of US investment in science and technology in the 1960's. In recent years the US stance on addressing new technologies has changed. As I have highlighted in my ongoing discussion on AI Nationalism, the US policy...

impacts of AI nationalism on semiconductors

Impacts Of AI Nationalism On Semiconductors

Building off of my ongoing discussion on the implications of AI Nationalism, one important topic is the relationship between AI Nationalism and a new concept which can loosely be defined as semiconductor isolationism or semiconductor nationalism. The impacts of AI nationalism on semiconductors is something...

AI policy

AI Policy Frameworks We Are Seeing Today

We have talked a bunch on the Bowery Capital blog about AI Nationalism and various elements of AI including ethical challenges, AI country differences, and AI impacts on the B2B ecosystem. Issues concerning AI policy primarily revolve around the analysis of societal decision-making, with important questions...

technology isolation within AI Nationalism

Technology Isolation Within AI Nationalism

As the AI arms race heats up between the worlds two largest economies there are reverberating effects in the global technology industry and government technology policy. Relative to our concept on AI Nationalism that I have talked about in prior posts, we have recently seen...

AI ethical challenges

AI Ethical Challenges May Drive Isolationistic AI Bias

AI ethical challenges and isolationistic AI bias are one of the main challenge areas as I continue to think about the impending AI arms race. My theory being that AI policy will likely become one of the most important areas of government policy as rapid progress occurs...

sap.io foundry event

Notes From The NYC SAP.iO Foundry Event

Last night we had the opportunity to spend some time at the new SAP offices in NYC to celebrate the launch of the first SAP.iO Foundry Cohort in New York focusing on women-led enterprise technology startups. As many who read this blog know we announced a...

4 Ways AI Is Revolutionizing Enterprises

4 Ways AI Is Revolutionizing Enterprises

“AI”, or Artificial Intelligence, perhaps the tech buzzword of the decade, has become a household term with significant stigma. The inflated and often misused mention of AI has painted a dystopian vision that industries will soon be dominated by a network of soulless robots. However,...

Quantum Future

Quantum Future

A quantum future is approaching at a breakneck speed and might play a role in your daily life sooner than you think. Recent estimates by Microsoft predict a commercially relevant quantum computer to be available within five years and given the enormous potential of quantum...

Edge Computing Network

4 Impacts Of The Growth Of Edge Computing

The trending buzzword in the computing ecosystem is edge computing - a set of emerging technologies that can handle computations, applications and user services to devices on the “edge” of the cloud network, rather than at the core. But this concept is not entirely novel;...

b2b unicorns

How You Stack Up Against The B2B Unicorns

Over the past two decades, there has been an influx of mega-successful business-to-business (B2B) companies. Much of this landscape, but not all, can be attributed to the advent of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service based businesses. As the B2B landscape experiences tremendous growth, it is important...

intelligent recruiting

Software Opportunities In Intelligent Recruiting

Intelligent recruiting has become a holy grail in the software world. Hiring is a pain point everyone has experienced personally. Every company in the world has to hire, so the market is enormous. And most existing solutions just don't cut it: terrible legacy UX / UI, cumbersome workflow, and...

industries quantum computing will redefine

5 Industries Quantum Computing Will Redefine

We spend a lot of time here at Bowery Capital thinking about the future. Quantum computers are one of the next technological revolutions, in our opinion, and we believe there are several industries quantum computing will redefine. This new, seemingly mystical, kind of computing promises...

NYC SaaS

Growth Of The NYC SaaS Ecosystem

Over the last decade, Software-as-a-Service companies have been rapidly expanding in the NYC market. In both investment volume and number of rounds, NYC has surpassed all other geographies (including the bay area) in percentage growth of new nationwide SaaS deals. At Bowery Capital, our primary investment focus...

opportunities in blockchain

Beyond Fintech: Startup Opportunities In Blockchain

Everyone continues to spar over the future of blockchain. Investors continue to debate bitcoin’s rise or demise. Banks are focused on the decentralized network underpinning bitcoin. Financial conglomerates pour cash into promising startups: Chain, Digital Asset Holdings, and Coinbase. The myriad of upcoming ICOs all...

Mulesoft Joining Salesforce

Thoughts On Mulesoft Joining The Salesforce Ohana

Unless you were living under a rock in the land of SaaS, yesterday's news about Mulesoft joining Salesforce for an enterprise value of roughly $6.5B was huge for the industry. The deal is the largest by a long shot in the ecosystem as laid out by...

subtle insights from the stack overflow survey

Subtle Insights From The Stack Overflow Survey

Every year since 2011, Stack Overflow has been putting out a wonderful survey on the state of the developer community. The 2018 edition came out recently and it did not disappoint. Over 100,000 developers responded to the survey and a lot of people have done...

Beat the Sunday Scaries

4 Ways To Beat The Sunday Scaries

Friday afternoon rolls around and you’re relieved to finally get out of work and enjoy the weekend. But just like that, you open your eyes Sunday morning and the anxiety of the upcoming work week starts to creep in. That sinking hole-in-your-stomach feeling has been...

emerging trends in saas

3 Emerging Trends We Are Observing In SaaS

According to Statista, the global SaaS market is projected for 2018 to reach $71.2 billion. It is becoming increasingly difficult for entrepreneurs to invent novel and useful tools as competition increases and the market expands wider. For example, the marketing technology ecosystem now consists of...

brick & mortar IT challenges

2018 Brick & Mortar IT Challenges

Many companies in the Bowery Capital portfolio sell into what we commonly call the traditional brick and mortar industries. Businesses like ActionIQ, MomentSnap, and mParticle power major components of the IT stack for brick and mortar businesses such as J Crew, Darden Restaurants, and Kroger....

project #movingforward

Announcing Our Involvement In Project #MovingForward

In Celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, Bowery Capital is proud to announce our participation in Project #MovingForward. Project #MovingForward is an open-source directory that pools diversity, inclusion, and anti-harassment commitments from VCs. Participating VCs include Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, First Round Capital and over 50...

Notes From Our Annual General Meeting

Notes From Our Annual General Meeting

Once a year at Bowery Capital, we bring together our founders, investors (Limited Partners), advisors, and friends for a day of learning and understanding. We call it an Annual General Meeting (AGM) but it is always more than that. A lot of great people have contributed...

better board meetings

Unconventional Tips For Better Board Meetings

Everyone has been there before. Your SaaS company has grown so much that board meetings have become bored meetings. They are now seven hours long with multiple investor classes and a lot of people with unique voices in the room. The deck is one hundred...

2018 Martech Trends

2018 Martech Trends From Our Perspective

A sizable component of our thesis here at Bowery Capital focuses around the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and the money that they spend on technology. We continue to believe that this is an incredible area to invest and still represents one of the best opportunities...

managing proof of concepts

Landing & Managing Proof Of Concepts

At Bowery Capital, a fair number of our SaaS investments focus on landing large contracts with Fortune 500 customers. High revenue, great logos, and excited prospects are juxtaposed by long sales cycles, multi-stakeholder discussions, and epic procurement battles. Often times in the beginning, founders struggle...

Three Cybersecurity Trends Ripe For Growth In 2018

3 Cybersecurity Trends Ripe For Growth In 2018

Since 2004, the global cybersecurity market has grown 35x from $3.5 billion to roughly $120 billion in 2017 according to research conducted by Cybersecurity Ventures. Ubiquitous cyber threats, stringent government regulation and high-profile hacks to enterprises like Yahoo and Equifax continue to catapult cybersecurity to...

5 Quick Tips When Selling Your Company

5 Quick Tips When Selling Your Company

Having been through a number of M&A transactions here at Bowery Capital, one of the more important things that we find entrepreneurs discount is the time and intricacies of the signing and closing process. Founders are excited that their company is about to sell and...

Mapping The B2B Vertical Marketplace Ecosystem

Mapping The B2B Vertical Marketplace Ecosystem

We have talked a lot about B2B vertical marketplaces here at Bowery Capital and covered key insights driving this overall concept as well as some of the major factors that contribute to company success. Something we have not touched on has to do with the...

5 Ways Technology Will Change the Manufacturing Sector

5 Ways Technology Will Change the Manufacturing Sector

Accounting for almost 12% of the United States’ GDP and 9% of the workforce, there is no denying that the manufacturing industry is massive - $2.18 trillion to be precise. Additionally, a recent Forrester report projects the sector’s budget for technology will increase to 2%...

5 Key Factors To B2B Vertical Marketplace Success

5 Key Factors To B2B Vertical Marketplace Success

After reviewing over 100 B2B vertical marketplaces and deep diving into 35 of them, there was one defining aspect to all of these companies. These particular B2B vertical marketplaces had to figure out one key aspect: how to incentivize demand and/or supply to adopt and...

4 Benefits of Creating a Product Certification Program

4 Benefits of Creating a Product Certification Program

Many B2B software companies have created a product certification program as a way to educate their user base and simultaneously promote their brand. Some commonly known certifications include the HubSpot Inbound Marketing Certification and the Salesforce Certified Administrator. These programs typically consist of recorded classroom-style...

Evaluating SaaS Startups As Potential Vendors

Evaluating SaaS Startups As Potential Vendors

Today, even the largest enterprises are working with startups. While F500 procurement processes are still a tough go for young businesses, corporations are recognizing that adopting cutting edge technology early—while a potential risk—is a form of innovation in its own right. Inking a good deal...

Modeling Your Startup’s Future: Template for SaaS Startups

Modeling Your Startup’s Future: Template For SaaS Startups

"Modeling Your Startup's Future: Template for SaaS Startups" by Mike Simmons (CEO & Founder of CredSimple) originally appeared on Medium on August 17, 2017.   A lot of entrepreneurs/founders don’t start out as a ‘finance guy/gal’. Nevertheless as founders, the company’s financial future is in our hands....