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Comcast Ventures Backs Connected Car Pioneer, Automatic Labs

Consumer, Funding Announcement  |  June 25, 2015  |  By

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The Internet of Things is knocking on the door of one of the largest consumer markets, the $800B US car industry. Over the last several years, talent, capital, consumer and enterprise attention have focused on the promise of bringing connected devices to all activities of daily living, and the automobile is an exciting new frontier. There are 250M passenger vehicles…

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Leveraging the connected home ecosystem – What does it take to win?

Consumer  |  April 6, 2015  |  By

In a prior blog post, I introduced several connected home devices that are in a position to capture category leadership in emerging verticals from access control to irrigation. However, great product alone is insufficient to build a great company in the connected home space. As important is what it will take to win in a complex ecosystem of channels and…

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Beyond Nest, DropCam, SmartThings – The Next Connected Home Leaders

Consumer, Technology  |  March 4, 2015  |  By

In 2014, over $200M in venture funding was invested in early stage ‘connected home’ device companies, while over $5B in M&A transaction value accrued to a handful of exits, most noticeably Nest ($3.2B), Dropcam ($555M) and SmartThings ($200M). All signs point to more new entrants and more funding activity in 2015. Rarely does a day go by without a new…

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Comcast Ventures Welcomes Dollar Shave Club

Consumer  |  October 10, 2013  |  By

We’d like to welcome Dollar Shave Club (“DSC”), which Tuesday announced their $12M Series B funding, to Comcast Venture’s portfolio.  Dollar Shave Club is a branded lifestyle membership service offering a growing collection of men’s personal grooming products.DSC provides its members with: high quality grooming products, conveniently delivered to their door at fair prices. DSC’s straightforward business model and hawkish…

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WhoSay Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Entertainment News Source

Comcast Ventures, Consumer, News  |  October 7, 2013  |  By

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Last week, the Comcast Ventures portfolio company, WhoSay took another step toward reinventing how online and mobile readers get their coveted – and voraciously consumed – celebrity and entertainment news. WhoSay has launched a first-of-its-kind digital entertainment magazine built and powered by celebrities, including over 1,500 influential personalities across film, TV, music and sports. Last week, the startup debuted a…

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Announcing Our Investment in Maker’s Row

Consumer, News  |  July 24, 2013  |  By

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I love NYC startups. Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time with seed stage companies here. I am honored to announce our investment in one of my favorites, Maker’s Row, which connects designers with American manufacturers. Maker’s Row is tackling a large issue. Years ago, I ran a company that made toys and games….we actually created goods which we then distributed to stores throughout the…

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The Modern Family

Consumer, For Entreprenuers, News  |  May 29, 2013  |  By

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NBCUniversal Integrated Media and USA Network just released a special issue of The Curve Report (www.thecurvereport.com) on today’s Modern Family (incidentally, airing on USA Network this fall).  Here’s a quick excerpt from the study, as well as a link (www.thecurvereport) to the complete report. According to the U.S. Census, only 4% of American families today consist of a married couple…

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Innovations in Fantasy Sports and Sports Gaming

Comcast Ventures, Consumer, Featured, News  |  May 8, 2013  |  By

Innovations in Fantasy Sports and Sports Gaming

I recently had the privilege of representing Comcast Ventures on a panel hosted by Michael Frank of Net Service Ventures at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, titled “Innovations in Fantasy Sports and Sports Betting”. I was joined by Guy Lake, Product Lead at Yahoo Fantasy Sports; Gill Alexander, Host on Pregame.com; and Brandon Ramsey, Co-Founder and CEO of Fanhood…

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Beta Space

Consumer  |  May 1, 2013  |  By

Physical storefronts are knocking off digital and going “beta.”

As the population soars (7 billion today, 9 billion tomorrow), and more people choose city centers over suburban sprawl (three-quarters of the U.S. population lives on just 3% of U.S. land, and 70% of the world population will live in cities by 2050), there is a new premium on space, and a new cachet in having a physical presence. Case…

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The Making of WhoSay – – The Power of the Artist

Advertising, Consumer  |  April 25, 2013  |  By

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I believe the advent of the digital age has made individuality an option for everyone. And I believe in the power of the artist. In the past, I even considered myself an artist. A ridiculous idea as it turned out, but one that led me directly to my current role as CEO of WhoSay Inc. I had just read the…

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