This week is brought to you by The John Siefert Playlist, a tribute to our fearless leader of Dynamic Communities and third co-host of The Wrap Podcast. Aaron Back and Bridget Courneya pair six of John’s favorite tunes while reviewing some of the latest business tech news. Headlines from the week include A 5G battleground that might be underway with new deals between Google Cloud + Bell Technologies as well as Microsoft + AT&T. Also, big funding was raised by Amperity, a customer data platform.
We hope you enjoy this eclectic collection and “must-listen” episode of The Wrap!
1. Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta
1:18 Amperity – customer-based customer data platform raised an epic $100 million in Series D funding. This increases the company’s value to more than $1B.
Guess the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
3:10 – Recorded Music Market Size is expected to grow by 8% during a global forecast period of 2021-2024. According to 360 Market Updates, the leading recorded music market vendors include Beggars Group, Bertelsmann, KGaA, DAIICHIKOSHO, Kodansha Advanced Media, Master Music, Naxos Digital Services, PSI Capital, Sony, Vivendi SA, and Warner Music Group.
2. So What’cha Want
8:25 – 5G… it’s what people want! Google Cloud signs a multi-year deal with Bell Canada and Verizon launches Robotics Business Technology. This comes right after Microsoft’s acquisition of AT&T networking tech to bolster Azure for Operators. Is a new Industry Cloud Battleground emerging?
3. Magic Carpet Ride
10:14 – Thank you to The Record for showcasing a recent piece by Bridget Courneya – ‘Reunion of magic’ at Community Summit North America. We can’t wait to bring the Microsoft Business Apps community together again at our October in-person event. Learn more and snag your ticket before Early Bird ends on July 31 at summitna.com
4. Stir it Up
12:18 – With their ideas and feedback, The Summit North America Programming committees are stirring up a new event structure offering additional content time blocks and delivery styles. Read more about the Community Summit Programming Committee here.
5. Shakedown Street
14:13 – In a news copyright shakedown, Google was fined $593 million in France for failing to negotiate fair licensing deals with publishers and news agencies.
6. One Love
15:56 – A little shout-out love to Liz Armbruester, member of the community and past speaker in one of our first digital events. As Avalara’s senior vice president of global compliance, she was recently featured in a Tax Notes Talk podcast by Forbes.
Reunite at Community Summit North America for the “Reunion of Magic”
— A celebration of community connection paired with intelligence and tools to take on tomorrow —
October 12 -14, 2021
George R Brown Convention Center
*Early bird pricing is available through July 31!