Weeks 45 & 46, 2023

The first funding announcement in a hot minute, a record-breaking exchange trade, and 2 new deals

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We took last week off as we didn’t want to steal any of ESPN’s thunder (ha), but we’re back with an extra large helping of updates from the industry’s early-stage ecosystem.

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Let’s dive in… ⤵️

📰 Headline news

  • HappyHour invested in AI-based digital wallet solution Fluid to revolutionize payments in iGaming. (Link)

  • ALT Sports Data secured exclusive global sports betting data rights agreement with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. (Link)

  • Tallysight partnered with soccerbetusa.io to enhance the American soccer fan experience. (Link)

  • nVenue and U.S. Integrity partnered to design betting integrity guidelines for the micro-betting category. (Link)

  • Future Anthem releases new AI product in partnership with Betsson Group. (Link)

  • Gamification platform Lucra partners with TennisONE to facilitate real-money gamification for tennis fans. (Link)

  • Pro League Network launched the Pro Carrom Tour, with an eye towards getting it approved for betting in 2024. (Link)

  • Sporttrade takes first six-figure bet in US exchange history:

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💬 Ink & airwaves

The best of what we read and listened to last week:

  • 🎙️ Ep. 89 of The Betting Startups Podcast featured TJ Ross from Splash Sports, which is the leading sports gaming platform for peer-to-peer contests. Hear the insane story of how they came to market in stealth mode using an M&A strategy. Listen now (33:59): Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Web

  • 🎙️ Ep. 90 of The Betting Startups Podcast featured Malcolm Wilkinson and Steve Steck from We The Bookie, which is Ireland’s only truly socially-responsible bookmaker. Can’t help but root for these guys. Listen now (31:06): Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Web

  • 🎙️ Next.io dropped its latest instalment of the Vested Interest podcast, featuring regular appearances from industry investors Lloyd Danzig and Benjie Cherniak, along with a guest appearance from Roger Ehrenberg. Apple Podcasts | Spotify

  • 🎙️ Our friend Ryan Knuppel welcomed Rithmm CEO Megan Lanham to the Knup Sports Show. They discussed predictive analytics, data modeling, and of course company building. Apple Podcasts | Spotify

  • 📚 The always excellent Earnings & More newsletter published its ‘Startup Month’ issue, which highlighted current funding woes, and the nasty reality of down rounds. (Link)

  • 📚 Rourke Struthers, CEO of GameBlazers, explains how he’s forging a new path in daily fantasy sports. (Link)

  • 📚 Kind of a cool deep dive into building PunterGPT. (Link)

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💼 Great gigs

3 of the top jobs we saw last week with awesome growth-stage companies:

  • New DFS platform Units is on the hunt for a Founding Product Designer. (Link)

  • Prime Sports is looking for a Sportsbook Support Host in its NJ offices. (Link)

  • Hölle Games is searching for a Senior Game Developer. (Link)

🗓️ Industry event calendar

Upcoming events relevant to early-stage companies in the space:

  • ICE makes its swan song appearance in London February 6-8, 2024 before relocating to Barcelona in 2025. Get your free expo hall pass now and put it on the calendar! Register now.

  • The Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (aka FSGA) is hosting its annual winter conference February 13-14 in Las Vegas. Early bird pricing available if you book by January 15. Register now.

  • NEXT Summit New York 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. Ticket info.

🤝 Deal corner

2 new deals hit our inbox this week. Take a look 👇

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