Throughout the course of a baseball season, MLB teams give away a ton of promotional swag at select games: From replica championship rings, to T-shirts and jerseys, to tote bags, magnets and garden gnomes. If you can name it, a baseball team has probably given it away. But perhaps one of the most ubiquitous, and sought after, tchotchkes is the bobblehead.
Bobbleheads are a popular giveaway item for a reason: Depending on the team, they can lift game attendance by 15 percent to 30 percent, according to Jay Deutsch, CEO of BDA, a merchandise agency that supplies bobbleheads to MLB teams.
"When a team is doing a promotional night, the No. 1 thing they think about is whether [the giveaway] will move the needle in terms of attendance," Deutsch said. "Bobbleheads sell tickets."
A Denver startup company that makes small satellites has signed a $60 million launch agreement with a new rocket company to get six satellite missions to orbit by 2022.
York Space Systems will be the first payload aboard a rocket made by Tucson-based Vector Space Systems, a company founded by veterans of SpaceX and other space businesses and that’s developing small, affordable rockets for the growing market of small satellites.
The launch contract with Vector covers six launches between 2019 and 2022 and can be extended to add 14 more missions, the companies said.
Vector is among a small number of rocket startups catering to makers of satellites that are far smaller than what aerospace companies have traditionally made.
“The car is going to become another node in the internet of things,” said Kamyar Moinzadeh, chief executive of Airbiquity, a Seattle software and engineering company specializing in vehicle tracking and telematics.
There are already plenty of examples of car communications, whether it’s General Motors’ 20-year-old OnStar system or Tesla’s expanding ability to monitor its vehicles remotely and even download entirely new software operating systems.
“It’s about time for Spotify’s successor to be born,” says Bob Moczydlowsky. “A decade is a long time for any kind of platform.” Moczydlowsky is currently in charge of Techstars Music, a new program announced last week from major startup incubator Techstars. Yes, Silicon Valley is growing impatient—again.
The new Techstars program—whose applications are open now and which formally kicks off in February 2017—is on the lookout for unique, emerging startups that offer crucial new innovations in the way people buy, listen to, or otherwise experience audio.