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December 19, 2024: TechTO Wrapped
The news, content, stories and advice that you loved the most this year, plus our takes on 2024 trends
In our final edition of 2023, we look back through the biggest news, stories, episodes, and reads of 2023
We’ve wrapped up the year and are sharing the content you loved the most this year. From the news that kept us informed, to the conversations that enlightened and inspired us, we learned a lot from our community this year, and we hope you did too.
Here are the stories that topped the list in 2023:
This year, we wrote over 140,000 words and saw more than 3 million (yes, million) total impressions on our emails. In all of those words, we found the articles and stories you loved the most. Check out our most loved reads of the year:
We went through the archives to find the top 10 conversations you loved the most this year.
With nearly 100,000 views and more than 6,000 hours watched in 2023 - here’s what made the list of most-watched conversations this year.
This year marked the debut of our brand new series: The Founders Journey.
In this series, we curated the exceptional narratives of contemporary leaders, trailblazers, and visionaries, unveiling the profound intricacies of their business establishment. This series showcased the invaluable insights garnered through their experiences, presenting lessons essential for the modern-day founder.
In tandem with The Founders Journey, our Quick Takes series dissected the latest news and trends of the week, offering comprehensive analyses and observations for our audience.
Here are more of the episodes you listened to the most in 2023:
Thank you for all of the love this year! Reply to this email and share what you’d like to see us cover in 2024!
Quick Take: Our takes on the trends of 2024
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In the latest episode of Quick Takes, we broke down the trends and topics that our community was curious about heading into 2024.
Here’s our takes on the trends of the new year:
From a VC’s perspective: The importance of brand storytelling
The importance of brand storytelling in the business landscape has always been significant. It serves as a potent marketing tool, fostering connections with investors, customers, and stakeholders. Looking ahead to 2024, the emphasis on brand narratives seems poised to become even more critical.
A brand story isn't merely about stating what a company does but delving deeper into its purpose, values, and unique positioning. The ability to communicate why a business exists and what it stands for influences customer decisions attracts talent, and convinces investors of a team's competence.
In the investor landscape, the capacity to convey a compelling brand story often determines success. Investors are drawn to founders who can clearly speak about their company's purpose, unique positioning, and alignment with customer needs. This storytelling prowess becomes a key differentiator in a competitive market and something every founder should be prepared to conceptualize.
The Evolution of AI and the Future of Work
AI's role isn't just about efficiency; it's altering job landscapes, enhancing work quality, and creating new ways of interacting with data. Industries, particularly in professional services, are witnessing significant AI integration, reshaping traditional work dynamics. We’ve seen it used predominantly to streamline processes and create efficiencies that previously did not exist.
Amongst new integrations as uses, we’re also seeing a shift in the AI landscape, moving from predominantly white-collar job transformations to the potential disruption of blue-collar work. Innovations in AI applications are expected to revolutionize industrial work, presenting opportunities for significant advancements in the next 12 to 18 months.
Although we don’t foresee the “human” element of work being drastically impacted anytime soon, it will become a unique skill and tool to utilize AI in everyday tasks and learn how to better understand its capabilities to various industries.
The Importance of Sustainability Practices for Startups in 2024
Sustainability emerged as another pivotal trend, and although not new, it continues to gain traction as we move into the new year. Sustainability often aligns with efficiency, with companies naturally seeking methods to reduce costs by adopting more sustainable practices.
Sustainability practices remain top of mind as access to information and a resurgence of the Climate Change conversation becomes top of mind. Although not something “new” in the tech ecosystem, it remains important for customers to see that efforts are being made to ethically source, sustainably create, and also give back to the environment and communities impacted.
A VCs perspective: How to be profitable in 2024
When it comes to profitability in the evolving market landscape, various strategies were deliberated. There is a spectrum of approaches, from companies compelled to focus on profitability due to funding challenges to those intentionally pursuing rapid growth over profitability. This divergence underscores the nuanced strategies adopted by businesses navigating the market.
Being profitable means listening to your customers. It also means considering price over the amount of consumers. It’s better (in our opinion) to land fewer (but higher paying) customers who remain consistent than offering a cheaper option to potentially experience churn. Focus on your fewer higher paying customers and ensure their satisfaction. You can grow from there.
Did we miss anything? Let us know what you foresee making a massive impact in tech in 2024.
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