17 Curations – A Recap of Our “What We’re Reading” Series

November 3, 2022 by  Chris Erwin

Every 1-2 weeks our team publishes a What We’re Reading newsletter that highlights topical news items, and we give our “RockWater take” on each. Below is a summary of these newsletters since we first launched the series in 2021.

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2022

Critical Open Letter to Zuck & Meta, Saudi Arabia’s $38B Gaming Investment, and Netflix’s Sub Rebound (10.28.22)
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SKKY Partners & Night Capital, Pinduoduo’s US Launch, and YouTube Shorts Offers 45% (9.30.22)
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Why MrBeast Burger Will (Not) Kill Legacy CPG, Celeb Food App Flavrs Raises $7M from A16Z, and Is BeReal the Next Clubhouse? (9.16.22)
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TikTok as Gen Z’s Search Engine, the Rise of Recommended Media, and Amazon Drafts Dude Perfect for Thursday Night Football (8.12.22)
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VidCon 2022 Insights, LIV Golf’s $405M Purse, and 4 Insights from the Web3 / Video Games Nexus (7.29.22)
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$100M Kids Social Network Wins NBA Backing, Boxing Draws 2.4M Twitch Viewers, and Snapchat+ Arrives (7.8.22)
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ESPN Takes F1 Checkered Flag for $225M+, Smart UA for Creator Tools, and Meta’s Fashion Marketplace (7.1.22)
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The $100M fight for F1 in the US, $10B Growth in GameFi, and Tastemade / Pinterest Strike Million $$ Deal (6.17.22)
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SUPER and Penny AI Raise $97 Million, Prada Launches NFTs + Discord, and Streaming’s Back-to-Basics (6.10.22)
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Creator Economy’s SAAS Winter, buywith Raises $9.5M, and 5 Keys to Web3 Survival (6.2.22)
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Team Coco Sells for $150M, a16z’s $5.1B Web3 & Gaming Bet, and Firework Raises $150M (5.26.22)
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2021

Amazon Eyes 10 Figure NFL Media Investment, Multi-Million Dollar Digital Land Sales, and TikTok x Buzzfeed (12.2.21)
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Nike’s 7 Metaverse Trademarks, Fox’s $100M NFT Fund, and the Launch of Goldbelly TV (11.18.21)
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The $1.7B Through Line Between Rent The Runway’s IPO and Lipstick King’s Livestream Sales (11.4.21)
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Sky Mavis Valued at $3B, LeBron James’ SpringHill Sells Stake at $725M Valuation, and Coinbase Enters NFT Market (10.18.21)
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Patreon Invests 8 Figures Into Original Content, Netflix Acquires Game Studio, and Golf’s Pandemic Growth Story (10.4.21)
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Whatnot Unicorns @ $1.5B Val, Gucci Sells $10M of Clothing on Roblox, and Linkedin Launches $25M Creator Program (9.21.21)
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