Congrats! By receiving this – the first Gazelle.ai monthly newsletter – you’ve instantly become 15% smarter and more interesting at the water cooler.
Our newsletter features information from the Gazelle.ai team – straight-up business intelligence from the system itself, along with insights from our resident Ph.D’s who are deep into the data. And we’ll throw in some interesting information nuggets from the outside world too.
We’re hoping to make this a valuable addition to your work life, so feel free to send us any feedback to make it better at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gazelle.ai Company Finder Upgrade
We’ve updated the look and feel (ok, mostly the look – the computer screen still feels the same) of our Company Finder section in Gazelle.ai.
You can now combine all search functions – NAICS, Keywords. Clusters and US Map.
This allows you to create highly specific targeted searches to suit your needs.
We’ve just added powerful information to our database from Crunchbase – the largest crowd-sourced database for tracking VC and non-VC high-tech start-ups.
And we’ve hired Dr. Hugh Kelley as our Chief Economist. Dr. Kelley is a machine learning and AI expert who will continue to develop the algorithms we use to identify early-stage growth and corporate expansion.
We’ll be all over the conference like a site selector on a fresh greenfield location (inside joke). From our big booth to a special panel to the Gazelle.ai launch event at Casa Loma on the final evening, we will be seen and heard.
The idea behind Gazelle.ai is to help you do your job with greater business intelligence and ahead-of-the-curve knowledge.
The idea behind the IEDC conference is to bring the best and brightest in the world of economic development to one place.
Sounds like a match made in EDO heaven.
A separate email invitation is coming your way later this month. If you have any questions now or would like to PRE-pre-register, please send an email to email@example.com.
Go small or go home
Wait, that’s not the expression is it?
It is for Faith Popcorn, long-time trendwatching icon. She says the next few years to come will require companies to appear less monolithic, less dominating in order to appeal to consumers.
“Big is no longer trustworthy. Consumers are shrinking their networks. Brands need to make themselves seem smaller to earn consumers’ trust. McDonald’s, Coke – those icons are toppling. Now everyone wants small, local, handmade, artisanal.”
As an example, Etsy, the peer-to-peer e-commerce site where global artisans sell their goods, started with $175,000 sales in 2006 and ten years later reached $2.4 billion.
They are moving into the AI space as well, recently buying startup AI software provider Blackbird Technologies. Etsy made the move in part to use artificial intelligence to improve its search features.
Hmm, sounds like the kind of smart move that smart companies are making…
Fancy food, greater growth
Each month, Dr. Nadine Jeserich, Vice-President Analytics for Gazelle.ai, drills down to provide a data analysis on a topic we’re talking about, coupled with a handy heat map and chart derived directly from Gazelle.ai.
Since we mentioned the “smaller, artisanal” trend earlier, now seems like a fine time to get her insights on specialty food.
• Consumers are increasing focus on customized food products to suit their lifestyle, coupled with environmental concerns and a desire to be informed about the origin and content of the products they consume has driven the rise of “buying local” and environmentally friendly products.
• Inc Magazine recently listed specialty food as one of the top 8 industries for starting a business today.
• Whether it’s specialty beverage producers such as Kohana Coffee that has made it into the Inc.5000 three years in a row with less than 50 employees, or LifeTree Manufacturing involved in nutraceuticals and organic functional foods starting less than 6 years with 10 employees, the market shows plenty of niche market opportunities especially in specialty food manufacturing.
• Industries such as coffee and tea manufacturing that can profit from these shifting consumer preferences have seen increasing profit margins and annualized employment growth rates of 4-5% over the past five years. Denver, Colorado has emerged as a new hotspot with a large and increasing number of growth businesses.