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TikTok One-Ups YouTube's Revenue Share
AngelList's Q3 state of VC & startups, and how much did Brex spend to blanket SF in billboards for three months?
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TikTok Pulse: TikTok's 50% Revenue Share
Jules Terpak just shared an in-app notification hinting TikTok Pulse, its ad revenue share program first announced this summer, is going live. TikTok will share 50% of revenue from ads placed adjacent to a creator's videos. In order to be eligible for the revenue share, creators must:
Have at least 100k followers
Post at least 5 videos in the last 30 days
Be at least 18 years old
This comes after YouTube announced its own revenue share for YouTube Shorts (its TikTok-like short-form video feature within the YouTube app). The most notable difference: Shorts will share 45% with creators compared to TikTok's 50%.
Shorts has a deep pool of capital provided by YouTube and the rest of Google's product portfolio that can be used to help subsidize these payments initially. But TikTok has a much larger base of short-form video creators, and the skillset required to create short videos is much different than long-form.
I also think short-form videos are potentially more naturally monetizable with ads (which is why it makes sense for YouTube to also lean into them). For example, watching two 15-minute videos only offers a few natural ad slots at the beginning and end of the first video. Watching short-form videos for 30 minutes offers a natural ad break in between essentially every single video.
Of course, there will never actually be an ad between every single video. And YouTube has also been able to pull off mid-roll ads in its longer content, so my example is an exaggeration. But short-form videos do seem to make smaller blocks of time monetizable. Its also left to be seen if short-form lends better to video commerce, IE "shop this video", which if true, could even further incentivize every platform to push the format. Especially considering Apple has made it harder to target ads.
With YouTube's core product focused more on long-form horizontal videos optimized for TV, it will be interesting to see if they can build their Shorts ecosystem faster than TikTok can expand beyond just short-form video. Over the past year TikTok has increased video lengths to three and ten minutes, and recently introduced photo mode, a photo album carousel like you'd see on Instagram.
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AngelList's Q3 2022 State of US Early Stage Venture & Startups
One of my favorite reads each quarter, AngelList just released their Q3 2022 report on funding across the broader US startup ecosystem.
I'm sure no one needed to be told this, but AngelList highlighted that Q3 2022 had the lowest rate of positive venture activity (share of deals marked up) ever observed in their dataset.
In what was easy to predict, average startup valuations fell across the board in Q3. What was maybe more surprising is that they didn't fall by much; maybe 5-10% depending on stage. This could be for many reasons, among them later stage rounds being done at the same terms (or same valuation, worse "terms") as last round but with more underlying progress. The report also shows later stage deal count is down 20-40% from the highs, and there is likely a "let's invest at Seed instead of Series B" dynamic going on inside some investment firms as well.
In what was slightly more interesting to me, Pre-Seed as a % of overall deal count has nearly doubled over the past year. More people are starting companies! And more investors are funding them!
This was also unexpected: 16% of all capital deployed on AngelList went to teams with female founders. This is much higher than the industry average, which is usually around 2%. Reasons could be that AngelList democratizes access to capital for a broader group of founders or that the deals on its platform typically skew earlier stage (and other data suggest the difficulties of female founders crossing the Series A chasm to raise larger later stage rounds).
There's lots more information in the 21 page PDF, check out the full report from AngelList here.
Brex's famous three month SF takeover billboard campaign cost $300,000: Co-CEO Henrique Dubugras also revealed at TechCrunch Disrupt that Brex generated more revenue in the first month of the campaign than the total cost. h/t Natasha Mascarenhas.
People watch more YouTube on TV than Netflix and than Amazon, Disney+, and HBO Max combined. Streaming was 35% of all TV time in August. More from Nielsen.
70% of Gen Z watch TV with closed captions: This compares to 53% of millennials. More from the WSJ.
The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties: From IEEE.
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