Imagine if you had unfettered access to the people, data patterns, and signals that drive venture investment decisions – as they’re happening. Powered by Jump Capital, The Jump Off Point takes a deep-dive into the trends shaping technology and venture capital investing with thoughtful and candid conversations from industry pioneers themselves. Take the leap, and learn from the people that helped chart the course that today’s most innovative companies are building on. Jump Capital is a thesis-led investment firm focused on a variety of verticals including IT & Data Infrastructure, B2B SaaS, Media, FinTech & Crypto.
The New Rules of eCommerce
The world of eCommerce has changed, and Jessica Schinazi is here to help us dig into the future of it. Jessica is the SVP of business development and transformation for Dyson, who previously led the charge in getting luxury beauty brands to sell on Amazon. There is no denying how COVID was a digital accelerator for most brands. On this episode she shares how eCommerce brands have evolved and shared strategies behind maintaining customers in a world where the rules have changed quite a bit.
The Evolution of Sports Betting
Our first episode on sports betting is here! The industry is rapidly changing. Accessibility to sports betting is expanding, resulting in different audience bases. Today, Jason is joined by Yelena Shkolnik and Jeff Gerttula. Yelena will take us through how the sports betting industry has changed, trends we see happening, and where the industry could go. Jeff discusses sports betting from a media viewpoint and shares engagement opportunities as sports betting grows and evolves. Listen now for insight into how the audience expansion in sports betting opens up the doors for content and betting engagement.
The Digital Native Imperative – A CIO Perspective
Many priorities in technology were shifted due to the pandemic, and automation is one of those that have become an accelerated category. This week, Naveen Zutshi joins Jason Felger and Saurabh Sharma to discuss just that. Naveen is the CIO at Palo Alto Networks with experience in software development, IT infrastructure, and a leader in technology organizations. Naveen shares what his current role as CIO looks like, as well as how that role as a whole has evolved. Tune in and hear Naveen discuss what technologies can help drive value, and the digital native imperative of companies transitioning to cloud first.
Retail’s New Reality
Scott Lux is the acting SVP of Customer Experience and Digital Commerce at Alice + Olivia as well as an Adjunct Professor of Digital Commerce and DTC at Columbia University, NY and FIT. He joins the show to lend his expertise in a discussion on the shifting demands of new consumers and its inevitable impact on brands and retailers.
Host Jason Felger and his colleague, Yelena Shkolnik — Partner at Jump Capital — lead the discussion on current trends towards a customer-centric approach to marketing and the factors that have propelled this shift, challenges facing the retail sectors in striking an apt balance between online presence and brick and mortar establishments, as well as the key role Journey Mapping plays in identifying how to maximize brand interactions with customers.
Finally, tune in to hear expert thoughts on the live streaming market that accounts for 9% of commerce in China (translating to a whopping 70B potential State-side) and the current North-American barriers to it, from adoption to fragmentation.
The Institutionalization of Crypto
As more and more financial institutions move into crypto, will traditional banking and trading infrastructure be able to manage these growing inflows? Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of Alameda Research and FTX, joins Dave Olsen, President of Jump Trading, and Jump Capital’s FinTech and Crypto-focused Partner Peter Johnson to discuss the driving forces of bitcoin and crypto’s broader institutionalization. Talking with Host Jason Felger, our guests explore the growth of digital currencies through the lens of Bitcoin and others to understand how the industry is adapting to this new reality and the various opportunities being presented by the broader foundational gaps across the crypto landscape. Our guests also preview the Pyth Network, an innovative new partnership to bring Hifi data to DeFi and broaden transparency across these growing markets.
The 70 Trillion Dollar Question
Bill Harris, former CEO of PayPal and serial FinTech entrepreneur, and Peter Johnson, Jump Capital’s FinTech Partner, join the podcast today as Jason Felger helms a discussion that spans a variety of topics. From the expected 70 trillion dollar generational transfer of wealth and ensuing changes in the financial markets industry to Bill Harris’ opinion that cryptocurrencies may be a scam…. as well as his opinion on which alternative asset classes you should include in your portfolio and which you should keep for your closet - this discussion doesn’t disappoint. Tune in to hear all this as well as the advice Bill Harris shares for entrepreneurs looking to navigate startups in FinTech.
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