Nanotrends is a directory of startup opportunities, curated by investors at Forward Partners. If you’re a founder working on a startup in any of the area’s we write about, get in touch.

By Katie Kim.

Conversational commerce, which is e-commerce sales made via conversational methods such as texting and messaging, is making waves for retail and e-commerce businesses. We did a micro-dive based on Facebook’s report on “Why Conversation is the Future of Commerce” to better understand how and why consumers are choosing to engage with brands this way. …


Nanotrends is a directory of startup opportunities, curated by investors at Forward Partners. If you’re a founder working on a startup in any of the area’s we write about, get in touch.

By Matthew Bradley.

Intangible assets — things like Research and Development (R&D) capabilities, Intellectual Property (IP) and software, know-how within organisations, brand — form an important part of company value. Asset-based finance — borrowing money against hard assets — is the way in which finance has worked for centuries but this needs to change.

“Software is eating the world” as Marc Andreesen of a16z said back in 2011. This was and is prophetic. If software (an intangible asset) businesses continue to rise, and software/know-how becomes an increasingly large component of the value of every company, there’s an opportunity for forward-thinking financiers to lend against these new stores of value. …


Nanotrends is a directory of startup opportunities, curated by investors at Forward Partners. If you’re a founder working on a startup in any of the area’s we write about, get in touch.

By Luke Smith.

It’s hard to watch the news nowadays without coming to the conclusion that weather is getting more extreme. Storms Ciara and Dennis in the UK have followed on the heels of a record wildfire season in Australia while 2018 saw a record fire season in California.

Sadly, that impression isn’t mistaken. Extreme weather events have become more frequent over the past few decades as shown in the chart below taken from the UK Met Office. …

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