Three Lessons in Scaling From Lightstream, Your Next Streaming Studio

  Fresh from a Series A raise of $8 million and barely a year into a partnership with Microsoft, Lightstream is ready to scale in a massive way.   “We’re a small team with enterprise-class problems,” says Stu Grubbs, its co-founder and CEO.   The company’s browser-based, cloud-enabled streaming studio interface seamlessly integrates with Twitch,…

2ndKitchen Serves Food to Your Home or Bar From Nearby Restaurants

  Tap that.   Nick Anastasiades, Jonathan Elron, and Arik Gaisler’s company 2ndKitchen is also the second business they’ve started together.   Their previous venture, SF-based “quintessential startup” RedPie, billed itself as the “Uber for pizza,” using a supply optimization model called “spread sourcing” to deliver pies in record time. It was a “quintessential startup,”…

Funding Your Startup Has Never Been Easier

As MicroVentures brings fee-free investing to the equity crowdfunding community, other platforms will either evolve or become dinosaurs. Once other crowdfunding platforms follow suit, it will make the small-business investment community a more welcoming place.   MicroVentures, an online venture capital platform, has lit a fire under the equity crowdfunding community — and it might…

Codeverse is Teaching One Billion Kids How to Code, Program, and Have Fun While They Learn

Katy Lynch, the co-founder and CMO of Codeverse, has a straightforward but audacious mission: teach one billion kids to code.   “No big deal. And once we get to a billion, maybe two billion,” she laughs.   Just two years on from its launch, Codeverse is well on its way. If anyone can do it,…

Improve Your Sales: How to Lead With Transparency and Vulnerability to Win Customers’ Trust

“Our brains are wired to resist being influenced,” says Todd Caponi, author of the new book The Transparency Sale. “You walk into a room as a salesperson, even if you’re charming and engaging, the customer is thinking, ‘all right, when’s Johnny Salesperson coming out?’”   Salespeople, too, tend to think this way, Todd says. “B2B…

Ultra Hot: How a New Blockchain-Based Platform Could Democratize Gaming

Gaming is about to get a lot more interesting.   Ultra, a blockchain-based gaming platform, is set for its public launch by mid-2019.   Through its publishing platform and marketplace, the company is hoping to put “an end to the current distribution monopoly by providing new opportunities to game developers, players, and influencers,” according to…