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Archivo del Autor: Belen De Leon

Talking the future of media with Northzone’s Pär-Jörgen Pärson

We live in the subscription streaming era of media. Across film, TV, music, and audiobooks, subscription streaming platforms now shape the market. Gaming and podcasting could be next. Where are the startup opportunities in this shift, and in the next shift that will occur?

I sat down with Pär-Jörgen “PJ” Pärson, a partner at European venture firm Northzone, to discuss this at SLUSH this past winter. Pärson – a Swede who now runs Northzone’s office in NYC – led the top early-stage investor in Spotify and led the $35 million Series C in $45/month sports streaming service fuboTV (which has roughly 250,000 subscribers).

In the transcript below, we dive into the core investment thesis that has guided him for 20 years, how he went from running a fish distribution to running a VC firm, his best practices for effective board meetings and VC-entrepreneur relationships, and his assessment of the big social platforms, AR/VR, voice interfaces, blockchain, and the frontier of media. It has been edited for length and clarity.

From Fish to VC

Eric Peckham:

Northzone isn’t your first VC firm — Back in 1998, you created Cell Ventures, which was more of a holding company or studio model. What was your playbook then?


Source: TechCrunch

Por qué Bitcoin, Ethereum y Zcash no son tan descentralizadas como dicen

Un pequeño equipo de Zcash mantuvo un fallo de software en secreto durante meses hasta que logró arreglarlo. Y otras criptomonedas han vivido episodios similares. Si eso no equivale a una gestión centralizada, ¿entonces qué es?
Source: MIT

Historia de la icónica foto de la huella lunar y el hombre que la hizo posible

A pesar de su duro trabajo para la NASA antes de la misión Apolo 11, el experto en suelos lunares David Carrier coincidió con la futura tripulación casi por casualidad. Pero en aquel rato tuvo la genial idea de encargarles una imagen de sus primeros pasos sobre la Luna que acabaría pasando a la historia
Source: MIT

La inminente y poderosa simbiosis de los ordenadores cuánticos y la IA

Ambas tecnologías están de moda y ambas tienen el potencial de revolucionarse mutuamente, sobre todo en el caso del aprendizaje automático, dado que algunos de sus enfoques podrían acelerarse exponencialmente si se ejecutan en computadoras cuánticas
Source: MIT

In latest blow to Facebook, 540 million user records exposed by third-party apps

The information of up to 540 million Facebook users — including passwords, comments, likes, and Facebook IDs — was left by app developers on publicly visible Amazon cloud servers.

The post In latest blow to Facebook, 540 million user records exposed by third-party apps appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Mar-a-Lago's Security Problems Go Way Beyond a Thumb Drive

A Chinese woman was arrested for sneaking into Trump’s “Winter White House,” a reminder of how exposed the president’s private club is to physical and cybersecurity risks.
Source: Wired

Two Unusual Galaxies Shake Up the Dark Matter Debate, Again

No dark matter? No problem! Two galaxies that appear devoid of the mysterious substance could be strong—if ironic—evidence of its existence.
Source: Wired

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

Opinion: Congress needs to pull the plug and end the authority for the CDR program.
Source: Wired

HyperSciences raises an untraditional $9.6M for its hypersonic drilling vision

We profiled HyperSciences in February, when the team had just successfully completed a launch milestone for a small business grant with NASA. The last time we checked in, the hypersonic drilling company had raised about $5 million as part of an untraditional Reg A offering. By the end of March, HyperSciences rounded out its first major round with $9.6 million from 3,552 individual investors on SeedInvest in the equity crowdfunding platform’s second largest raise to date.

The heart of HyperSciences’ work is its hypersonic propulsion system that can fire a projectile at five times the speed of sound. At its most simplistic, HyperSciences’ hypersonic engine can fire upward to power suborbital space launches (HyperDrone) and point downward to penetrate deep pockets of geothermal energy, for example (HyperDrill).

Rather than going the normal venture capital route, HyperSciences decided to raise from normal people who believed in its vision. The way the company sees it, traditional VC would have likely forced HyperSciences to narrow its mission.

“Reg A lets everyone who cares about our planned hypersonic future vote with their checkbook,” HyperSciences founder and CEO Mark Russell told TechCrunch. “I think that’s important.” Russell comes from a family-run mining business and is no stranger to the challenges of a public company.

“I’ve learned a lot from running ops in the back offices,” Russell said. “Based on our public company experiences, we do like that the SEC Reg A process has a clear path to taking your company to the public markets as the next step in the process.”

With infusions of $125,000 from NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research grant and $1 million form Shell’s Global’s GameChanger program, HyperSciences is happy to bounce between research grants with a boost from the Reg A’s special form of “mini-IPO” in order to maintain its autonomy for the time being.

Russell explained that the Reg A’s intensive SEC process requires a fair level of maturity from a company — and enough capital to jump through all the hurdles. “You’re not typically a seller of t-shirts in Reg A crowd financing,” Russell said.

HyperSciences’ next milestone will come in May when the company will demo its drilling tech in a field test for Shell. The company plans to leverage its new funding for additional future field testing, pushing its existing business plan forward and moving toward sustainability.

“Our investors are more like smart ‘crowd VCs.’ They’re generally are pretty savvy and see that we went through a stringent process to get here,” Russell said. “We’ve provided them with enough information to make a great decision.”


Source: TechCrunch

Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser killer feature? 4K Netflix streaming

Microsoft’s upcoming Chromium-powered Edge browser may provide support for 4K Netflix streaming. A Reddit user spotted this feature in the recently leaked preview version of the browser.

The post Microsoft’s Chromium Edge browser killer feature? 4K Netflix streaming appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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