Week 34, 2023
What happened last week in the betting industry's early-stage ecosystem
Hello friends! We’re putting away our pool floaties and getting our hoodies out from storage with September’s imminent arrival. Alas.
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Now let’s run things down… ⤵️
📰 Headline news
Commission-free betting exchange Novig raised $6.4m from investors that include Joe Montana and Y Combinator. (Link)
NASCAR and nVenue announced a multi-year sports betting and predictive data partnership. (Link)
BeyondPlay selected as one of TechCrunch’s 2023 Startup Battlefield 200 companies. (Link)
Exchange-wagering platform Sporttrade secured second operating license in Colorado. (Link)
Rivalry launched same-game parlay bets for esports such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Dota 2. (Link)
ShotQuality announced new strategic partnership with Huddle. (Link)
Future Anthem launched AI-driven personalised Bonus Recommendations to optimise operator bonus spend. (Link)
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💬 Ink & airwaves
The best of what we read and listened to last week:
🎙️ Ep. 79 of The Betting Startups Podcast featured Jacob Fortinsky, co-founder and CEO of Novig. He discussed the newly announced $6.4m seed round, why he believes a commission-free exchange is the future of sports betting, and his experience in Y Combinator. Listen now (40:11): Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Web
📚 Joey Levy, co-founder and CEO of Betr, took to Medium to publish his thoughts on the ESPN/Penn partnership. (Link)
📚 A solid breakdown of the numbers behind the recent milestone of post-PASPA wagering handle surpassing $250 billion (!!!). (Link)
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🗓️ Industry event calendar
Upcoming events relevant to early-stage companies in the space:
SBC Summit Barcelona is September 19-21, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest yet. The packed agenda includes First Pitch, which brings together some of the most exciting industry startups to compete for a prize package valued at over €60,000.
G2E is returning on October 9-12. Join over 25,000 industry professionals and 350+ exhibitors for this all-in-one experience in Las Vegas. Ticket info.
Registration now open for NEXT Summit New York 2024! The much anticipated iGaming NEXT New York event returns March 6-7, 2024 in a new state-of the-art venue in Manhattans financial district. The summit is focused on connecting startups with investors and operators with suppliers, which makes it THE conference where serious business gets done. Limited tickets available at super early bird rates! Ticket info.
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💼 Great gigs
Top jobs from leading early-stage companies in the space:
That’s that for now. Until next week! ✌️