A Look Under the Hood of Vertical Software Models

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Portcos - Venture Capital

Our team sat down with Todd Saunders, CEO of Broadloom, and Chetan Narain, co-founder and CTO of Pepper, two founders operating in different sectors within the vertical software space. Despite their divergent industries, common strategies and outlooks emerge. The blog highlights key takeaways from the conversation, including the role of software in expanding market share, the importance of industry-specific data, the impact of AI adoption, and the necessity of prioritizing customer retention.

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Our Investment In Plenty

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Portcos - Venture Capital

At Interplay, we’re committed to investing in founders who deeply understand their market, the customer they’re building for, and why now is the best time to introduce their product. Emily Luk, Co-Founder and CEO of Interplay portfolio company Plenty, is keenly aware of the importance of market timing and is building her company around specific demographic and technological shifts that she believes will shape the next 10 years of consumer fintech. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Emily to discuss this topic and her journey as a founder. Please enjoy this interview and feel free to reach out to our team with any questions about the business.

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Announcing the Close of Fund III

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Press Release

We're excited to announce the closing of our third fund with $45M in capital commitments. A big thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, from our amazing LPs to our talented team.

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Our Investment in Pepper

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Portcos - Venture Capital

At Interplay, we’re extremely bullish on the tailwinds driving eCommerce adoption, leading us to invest in companies building B2B eCommerce solutions such as Provi, LeafLink, Chiper, and more. Most recently, we're proud to announce our investment in Pepper, a complete eCommerce solution for foodservice distributors, built to arm them with the tools they need to thrive in a more technology-driven future.

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Our Investment in Autolab

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Portcos - Venture Capital

We're proud to announce our investment in Autolab, a company revolutionizing the auto repair and maintenance industry in Latin America with a network of technology-empowered workshops that help fleets gain productivity and reduce repair costs. Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing founder & CEO Salvador Zepeda to get his perspective on building Autolab and positioning the company as the go-to software for independent repair shops.

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Our Investment in StellarFi

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Portcos - Venture Capital

StellarFi is an Austin-based public benefit corporation and credit builder disrupting the traditional credit system in the United States by reporting all bill payments as credit transactions directly to major credit bureaus. We're thrilled to be involved in their $15M Series A funding round. Here's a little bit more about the company and why we're excited about what StellarFi is building.

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2022 Year in Review

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Partners

As another year comes to an end, the time to reflect is upon us. Reflection is a crucial part of growth. Without it, the years meld together and the bigger picture can become blurred. It's important to take time to zoom out and make sure the vision is clear. For us, that vision has never been more clear. Here's a look back at some of the highlights from 2022.

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Partner Q&A with Christian Mark, Interplay's Investor Relations Partner

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Partners

Christian Mark is the latest partner to join the Interplay ecosystem and will be overseeing Investor Relations across all verticals. Get to know him - and his vision for our investor relations program - a bit more.

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Our Investment in Noble

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Portcos - Venture Capital

Noble is a financial technology startup that empowers any company to quickly build, launch and scale credit products through an intuitive no-code credit decisioning engine powered by its credit underwriting API infrastructure.

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Our Thesis on Israeli Innovation

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Insights

Israel has more unicorns per capita than any other country in the world. We have heard the “Startup Nation” story before, but there has been a fundamental change in this generation that is unlike anything before.

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Press Release: Interplay Appoints Christian Mark as Partner, Investor Relations

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Partners
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Press Release

Interplay welcomes Christian Mark to the team. Mark will be responsible for overseeing Interplay’s investor relations program across all verticals.

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Decentralization: A Holistic Framework

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Blockchain
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Insights

Decentralization is a fundamental tenet of crypto and web3. It symbolizes a movement away from our existing institutions, power structures, and incentives. However, it deserves greater specificity and nuance. This paper provides a holistic framework for the concept.

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Partner Q&A: Introducing Brett Palatiello, Lead of Our New Blockchain Vertical

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Blockchain
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Partners

We're excited to welcome Brett Palatiello to the Interplay team. Brett will be leading our new blockchain vertical. To learn more about Brett and his vision for Interplay Blockchain, we did a Q&A to get to know him a bit better.

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Press Release: Interplay Launches Blockchain Fund I

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Blockchain
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Press Release

We're excited to announced the launch of Blockchain Fund I. This fund will fall under the purview of our new Blockchain vertical. Led by Brett Palatiello, it will focus on opportunities leveraging public blockchains.

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NFT 2.0: The next generation of NFTs will be streamlined and trustworthy

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Blockchain

NFTs are moving into the mainstream, but this requires a streamlined and trustworthy experience for the general public’s mass adoption.

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5 M&A Tips For Founders

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Startup Advice

The M&A process is unlike any other part of the startup lifecycle. To date, I have sold five companies that I cofounded, and through these exits, I learned a lot. These are the biggest takeaways that founders need to know.

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MPD on Cheddar News' Closing Bell to Discuss the Current State of the Economy & Tech Sector

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Partners

MPD recently went on Cheddar New's Closing Bell segment to share his thoughts on the current state of the economy and tech sector.

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3 Things That VCs Need to Know to Navigate the Current Economic Downturn

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VC Advice

When the market begins to crash, everyone in the business world has to change their game plan. Here's some advice for VCs on how to navigate the choppy waters of a downturn.

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Partner Q&A: Introducing Phuong Ireland, New Lead of the Interplay Incubator

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Partners

We’re excited to introduce the newest Partner to join Interplay, Phuong Ireland. Phuong will be leading the Interplay Incubator. Instead of laying out some general facts about Phuong, we did a Q&A to get to know her a bit better.

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Bennie Has Completely Reimagined the Employee Benefits Experience

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Portcos - Venture Capital

With an easy-to-use app and world class brokerage services licensed in all fifty states, Bennie is the modern, cost-effective approach that provides the best employee benefits on the market for mid-sized companies. 

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Interplay Incubator: Stats & Highlights from 2021

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Partners

2021 was a seminal year for the Interplay Incubator (IX). Leaning into the success of our early incubation ventures, we made the decision to double down on IX by bringing on a partner dedicated exclusively to the program. This new level of commitment has allowed us to provide more value to more companies than ever before.

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Interplay: 2021 Year in Review

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Partners

2021 has been quite a ride. Our lean but efficient team has done great work and accomplished a stunning amount. Here are a few highlights from the past year.

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To All of the Young Business Professionals Entering the Workforce: Don’t Listen to your Parents

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Partners

When it comes to matters of charting a career in today’s workforce, your parents may not be the best people to listen to. In the new age of work, the wisdom of prior generations doesn’t necessarily apply.

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Top 10 List: How the Best Entrepreneurs & Founders Interact with Venture Capital Firms

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Startup Advice
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Partners

These ten rules should serve as strong guidelines for entrepreneurs, founders and startups who want to raise capital from vc firms and create enduring business relationships.

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How to Estimate Your Addressable Market

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Fundraising
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Startup Advice
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Partners

Your intuition might tell you that any simple estimate of your addressable market won’t be appreciated by VCs. However, this isn’t the case. VCs want to see that you used an easy to understand and logical methodology to generate the estimate that you’re giving them.

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Should You Bootstrap Your Startup or Raise Venture Capital?

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Fundraising
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Startup Advice
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Partners

How you finance your company is one of the most critical decisions you will make in the course of your venture. The structure of your financing will be a key driver of your financial return.

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MPD at Propelify 2021 to Discuss Rethinking the Banking Model Post-Pandemic

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Partners

Interplay Managing Partner, Mark Peter Davis, led a fireside chat about rethinking the banking model in a post-pandemic world at this year's Propelify festival.

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GRIN is Building the Infrastructure for the Creator and Influencer Economy

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Portcos - Venture Capital

GRIN has built an end-to-end SaaS workflow solution for eCommerce brands to build and manage authentic relationships with creators and influencers through industry-leading marketing software.

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Welcome to the Interplay Blog

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Startup Advice
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Partners

The Interplay blog is a behind-the-scenes look into what goes on at a venture capital firm. A startup. A growing company. An incubator. The goal of this blog is to be a hub of knowledge that people can draw from when they’re looking for information on a topic they don’t have experience with or are curious why someone across the table has their particular perspective.

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2023 Year in Review

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Partners

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