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How A Short Film Streaming Platform Is Redefining The Industry Standard With The Support Of Microsoft For Startups

With the rapidly growing demand for short-form videos on streaming and social media, the world has a much greater appetite for high-quality content that clocks in under 20 minutes. But with short films primarily being shown at festivals around the world, Janvier Wete, CEO and Founder of Minute Shorts, saw an opportunity to make festival-quality content more widely accessible and generate revenue for short films. After feeling frustrated with the process of entering his own short film to festivals in 2017, Wete wondered if he could create a platform to distribute the film and carve a path for others to reach a wider audience. At the time, most short filmmakers couldn’t distribute their work until they’d created a larger budget film. Wete saw how these barriers prevented many talented filmmakers from sharing their work with the world — especially diverse filmmakers. Inspired by how Spotify provided a platform for indie artists, Wete launched the first version of the Minute Shorts...

Aug 22, 2022

This Black-Owned Startup Was Saved By a Free Tech Initiative For Black Founders

Founders Valentine Osakwe and Zerryn Gines took advantage of free resources made available through the tech company coalition, Tech For Black Founders (T4BF) initiative . Now, they’re paying it forward to save small businesses. According to Forbes , Osakwe, 26, and Gines, 21, recently launched a mobile version of Peep Connect , a customer insight and analytics platform for small businesses that they founded in January. To overcome the financial setbacks they faced after the pandemic hit, the duo sought free technology and services by T4BF, whom they credit for the launch of their new business venture. “Just for an analytics feature, we were looking at paying a couple thousand dollars a month,” Gines said. “Now Foursquare is providing us tools, free for a year. It put us in a position to be six to eight months ahead of where we would have been without them.” Executives and founders of Amplitude, Branch, Braze, mParticle, Radar, and other tech...

Sep 24, 2020