Silley Circuits

New York's Network for Startups & Business - Silicon Alley & Beyond

Why Start Ups in Niche Markets Succeed?

Tuesday March 26, 2019. 6 pm to 8 pm.

Niche businesses have higher chances of success and can be very profitable, bringing good gains for founders and early employees. 

PANELISTS: Boris Onefater, founder Constellation partners; Don White co-founder Satisfi and Nelson Rockefeller Jr venture investor Frontier Signal. 

The end of brands and marketing?

April 2019. 

The rapid expansion of online cum offline retailers, led by Amazon, is hurting sales and profit margins for a rising number of long established brands. The retailers, which also include Walmart and Trader Joe's, are aggressively pushing their own labels hurting sales of a wide range of brands from Kellogg's Kashi cereal and Heinz ketchup to Ivory soaps from Procter & Gamble. 

How much further will the market share and pricing power of brands decline? Can brand companies do anything to reverse their market share losses? Will western luxury brands maintain their global sales growth and profit margins, especially as the Chinese push their own brands? What are the job prospects for the army of MBA's in branding, advertising and marketing? Will they need to learn data analysis, design and coding skills to find high paying jobs? 

Where are the media start ups in New York?

May 6, 2019. Time 6 to 8 pm

Four years ago, New York had several hundred start ups pursuing various digital and mobile media businesses in video, advertising, magazines, podcasts and related services. Today most of them have disappeared or shrunk, except maybe the podcast business. What happened? What is the future?

Panelists: Bruce Hack is founder and CEO of BLH Venture, LLC, former vice chairman of Activision Blizzard and Universal Music Group.

Bill Day is Chief Operating Officer of JW Player, 

Raju Narisetti director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism and professor at Columbia University.

Is big data mostly big hype?

June 2019. 6 pm to 8 pm

Panelists: Michael Recce, chief data scientist Neuberger Berman;  Moderator: Afshin Goodarzi chief data analyst 1010 data. 

Sullivan and Worcester; 1633 Broadway and 50th street. Host: Scott Kaufmann, partner


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