Mobile, Startups, Traction Watch

Traction Watch: Livestreaming is the New Selfie Stick

By James A. Martin

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Periscope Twitter Meerkat livestream video apps

Editor’s note: Traction Watch is a new column focused obsessively on growth, and is a companion to the DEMO Traction conference series, which brings together high-growth startups with high-potential customers. Companies can apply here to showcase, or those similarly obsessed can register here to attend.   Live video streaming has exploded in the past week as the next big “thing.” Will it maintain […]

Enterprise, Startups, Traction Watch

Traction Watch: How Spredfast Handled A Growth Bump

By John Brandon

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Spredfast infographic

Editor’s note: Traction Watch is a new column focused obsessively on growth, and is a companion to the DEMO Traction conference series, which brings together high-growth startups with high-potential customers. Companies can apply here to showcase, or those similarly obsessed can register here to attend.   Growth is usually a good thing, but it can cause executives some serious headaches. A new influx […]

Conferences, Traction Watch

Find Tomorrow’s Unicorns At DEMO Traction

By Erick Schonfeld

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DEMO Traction logo

It used to be that billion-dollar startups were a rare and magical thing—so rare that they were called “unicorns.” These days we are surrounded by unicorns—39 by one count, 78 by another. More and more seem to be gathering around us every day. In an earlier era, most of these companies would be public by […]

Innovators, Startups, Traction Watch

Traction Watch: Game of Drones

By James A. Martin

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Zano 2

Despite uncertainty over draft FAA regulations, both industrial and consumer drones are set to takeoff this year. VC funding of drone startups is skyrocketing, and crowdsourced funding campaigns for consumer drones have flown far above initial goals.
The drone industry received $108 million in VC funding in 2014, according to CB Insights. That’s a 104 percent year-over-year increase.

Traction Watch

The Traction You Need To Go From Seed To Series A

By Erick Schonfeld

“After raising a seed round, every startup should get smart about the inflection points they need to pass in growth, revenue, etc. to demonstrate the traction (customer acceptance, virality, revenue, engagement, etc.) they need to land a Series A. ” “It’s vital that you have a clear picture of the traction and proof points you’ll […]

Mobile, Startups, Traction Watch

Traction Watch: BetterWorks Is Ramping Up To Get Your Ducks In A Row

By John Brandon

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Betterworks headcount

Editor’s note: Traction Watch is a new column focused obsessively on growth, and is a companion to the DEMO Traction conference series, which brings together high-growth startups with high-potential customers. Companies can apply here to showcase, or those similarly obsessed can register here to attend. Looks like the quantified workplace is paying off in spades. Known as FitBit for employee-related goals, Palo Alto-based […]

Traction Watch

Traction Watch: Etsy’s $2 Billion Marketplace

By Erick Schonfeld

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Etsy growth chart

Yesterday, Etsy filed for an IPO. I took a look at the filing to get a sense of its growth metrics, which you can see in the accompanying Traction charts. Etsy is a marketplace that started out for crafts, but keeps expanding to makers of all sorts. Gross merchandise sales (the value of all goods sold on Etsy) reached almost $2 billion last year, and grew 43 percent from 2013. While Etsy’s own revenues (the portion it takes for itself) are only 10 percent of the total gross merchandise sales, they are growing at a faster clip—up 56 percent from 2013.

Mobile, Startups, Traction Watch

Are Robotics Startups Gaining Traction? Affirmative

By James A. Martin

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Robotics Funding bar chart

Like everyone else today, robots are following the VC dollars. And while many funding rounds are aimed at the usual industrial automation, money is also flowing to startups developing more human-friendly robots.

In 2014, VCs invested $341.3 million in robotics startups, up 36 percent from 2013, according to Silicon Valley-based robotics blogger Travis Deyle, who compiles an annual list of robotics funding rounds. (And the pace seems to be keeping up in 2015 as well, with 3D Robotics’ $50 million funding round announced just last week and Rethink Robotics raising $26.6 million in January).

Where is all this money going? Let’s break it down.

Startups, Traction Watch

Grovo’s Incredible Growth

By John Brandon

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Grovo Traction chart

    Editor’s note: Traction Watch is a new column focused obsessively on growth, and is a companion to the DEMO Traction conference series, which brings together high-growth startups with high-potential customers. Companies can apply here to showcase, or those similarly obsessed can register here to attend.   With a name like Grovo, you’d expect some serious growth numbers. The micro-training platform uses 60-second […]

DEMO, Great Products, Startups

What Traction Looks Like, According To Slack

By Erick Schonfeld

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SlackTractionDEMO

What does Traction look like? Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield showed us last November at DEMO Fall, where he shared some slides on Slack’s incredible growth. Slack is a communications tool for teams with more than 300,000 active users. It is growing so fast that it was able to raise $120 million from Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, […]

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