Kyra: Gen Z entertainment network, signing rising digital talent and transforming them into global superstars, monetizing through branded content and homegrown talent-lead D2C brands. Kyra engages tens of millions of young people monthly with their youtube shows including that of Noen Eubanks. >> Check out what New York Times and Vogue has to say about Kyra's Noen (now one of the fastest growing social media stars globally), Digiday about their expansion plans, and why Business of Fashion calls them 'top gear for fashion.'
Robin Games: Creating a hybrid of free-to-play mobile games and lifestyle content typically found in elevated lifestyle blogs, magazines, and on Instagram; fusing the two categories together to make what’s a new type of entertainment or a new genre - lifestyle gaming. >> Read the coming-out-of-stealth funding announcement in Tech Crunch.
Dadi: D2C men’s fertility analysis and sperm storage company; 10x cheaper and easier than traditional clinics making reproductive health available to the masses - D2C at its best! (Sourced by one and only firstminute VP Tommy Stadlen) >> Read the origin story in GQ.
Good Monday: Workplace management platform providing office managers with a marketplace of all the service providers and service suppliers their office needs; one central system and one point of contact to run your office. >> Learn how Good Monday makes the future of offices more empathetic in Danish business press Borsen.
Resemble: Generative voice company creating custom synthetic voices and voice clones capturing human emotion. >> Upvote on Product Hunt, and check out VentureBeat's feature, including quote from yours sincerely on why we invested:
"investors like firstminute investor Clara Lindh Bergendorff — who participated in Resemble AI’s $2 million seed funding round alongside Craft Ventures, AET Fund, and Betaworks — believe its media creation focus sets it apart in a text-to-speech market . . . “We’re excited by the idea of Resemble making real-time creation and editing of audio content — which today is a painful bottleneck for creatives across industries — as easy and accessible as editing animated visual content,” she said. “Resemble is also well-positioned to ride wider audio waves, from the growth of audio content consumption and voice applications to growth in audio-first devices.”"
Tobias Lutke of Shopify on How I Built This: An evergreen episode from 2019. I find it a particularly interesting listen at the moment as I'm thinking about recession proof investments; the e-commerce software launched in 2006 but didn't take off until the 2008 downturn forced people to start looking for side hustles.