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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Deborah Quazzo of GSV Ventures (Part 2)

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 4th 2020

Sramana Mitra: Our interest is primarily in actual seed in Series A. Let’s focus on that discussion. What do you like to see by way of proof points before you’re willing to write a check?

Deborah Quazzo: It’s interesting because we’re sector experts and we’ve been working in education technology for well over 20 years. I have a partner in Silicon Valley, Michael Moe, who wrote the original thesis for a Wall Street investment category around digital education in the mid-1990s.

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Facebook Soars Despite Political Concerns

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 4th 2020

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) recently reported its second quarter results that surpassed the market’s expectations. But the company continues to struggle with its stand on political advertising. As the US gets ready for the Presidential elections, the scrutiny on Facebook’s stance is increasing.

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Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Raj Valli, CEO of Thinkster (Part 2)

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 4th 2020

Sramana Mitra: What are the pricing numbers?

Raj Valli: We vary from $80 a month for a Silver Plan to $200 a month for the Platinum Plan. We have monthly, quarterly, and some annual pricing plans. The $80 kit for Silver will be just $53 per month if someone commits to an annual plan. 

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Deborah Quazzo of GSV Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 3rd 2020

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Deborah Quazzo was recorded in June 2020.

Deborah Quazzo is Managing Partner at GSV Ventures, a fund focused on online education ventures. This is a very good discussion on patterns of success and failure in the sector and what investors are gravitating towards.

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Startup Ideas for the Post Covid World: Restaurants Delivering Prepared Food as a Subscription

Posted on Monday, Aug 3rd 2020

One of the repeated complaints I have heard from my social network during quarantine is that people are dying to go to restaurants. They are bored with home-cooked food.

Food, of course, is not the only reason why people go to restaurants.

The Economist has a great article titled, Why do people go to restaurants? 

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Cloud Stocks: Cloudera Powers its Data Platform with Partnerships

Posted on Monday, Aug 3rd 2020

Enterprise data software company Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR) recently topped revenue and earnings estimates for its first quarter, but its outlook was disappointing. 

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Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Raj Valli, CEO of Thinkster (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 3rd 2020

Raj and I kicked around the issue of what AI can do versus what humans need to step in for, in the context of Kindergarten through Grade VIII online math tutoring. See which side of the debate you are on.

At any rate, AI applications in online learning is a big opportunity going forward.

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Catching Up On Readings: Post Covid AI

Posted on Sunday, Aug 2nd 2020

This feature from TechCrunch looks at how AI is coping with the changes in life post the COVID pandemic. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links.

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