Building the next generation of video games using AI

Glade is building the next generation of video games. Today, games have linear gameplay and fixed content which become stale and repetitive for players. Using AI, Glade is pioneering an entirely new genre of games. The first release from Glade will be Cursed Crown, a multiplayer, rogue-lite game with AI generated content and story progression. Players start the game with a character waking up stranded in a prison alongside their party with their memories erased. The players must escape the prison by climbing each floor, discovering new secrets about their past and how they were captured along the way. Using generative AI, players shape their own story in game and personalize their gaming experience.

Team Size:2
Location:San Francisco
Group Partner:Diana Hu

Active Founders

Daniel Fang

Daniel is the CEO and co-founder of Glade. He has years of experience working in banking, strategic finance, and venture capital. He has previously worked at Navan, Ocean Tomo, and Goldman Sachs.

Daniel Fang
Daniel Fang

Aaron Lee

CTO, Glade (S23) Aaron has years of experience working as a Software Engineer for tech companies such as Meta, Square, and Nuro.

Aaron Lee
Aaron Lee

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Tl;dr: Finance teams spend 75% of their time on manual processes, and existing tools in the market are extremely difficult to adopt. Glade is a user-first, fully integrated platform that helps enterprises and scaling companies streamline their financial planning, reporting, and analytics. Check out our website to learn more.

Hi everyone, we’re Daniel and Aaron, the co-founders of Glade!

🧨 Problem: Financial Planning is Painful and Tedious

Within growing companies and enterprises, there is no single source of truth for financial data, and finance teams are wasting too much time on manual tasks. Daniel was a finance manager at his last company and spent hours every day manually preparing data and handling simple requests from business partners.

Existing tools are also extremely difficult to adopt and implement. Daniel’s previous company implemented Anaplan and paid hundreds of thousands each year for it, yet only one person in his entire company learned how to properly use it.

🚀 Solution: A User-First, AI-Powered Financial Platform

Glade helps companies build, manage, and visualize their financial plan in real-time.

Unlike existing enterprise tools, we fully integrate with all business apps (such as Netsuite, Workday, and Snowflake) to automate the flow of data directly from these apps to your team’s Google Sheets and Excel models. Through our integrations and data enrichment, Glade serves as the central source of truth for all financial data within a company.

Our platform also empowers leaders across the company to make informed decisions and stay aligned. By leveraging AI, we allow users to self-serve financial data through our platform and use natural language to create custom, board deck-ready visualizations in seconds. Want to check how your business is performing in the APAC region? Just ask Glade: “How has my revenue trended in APAC over the last 3 months?” Using AI, we will produce a high-quality chart for you in seconds.

Using Glade, companies:

✔️ Speed up financial planning, month-end close, and investor/board deliverables by 2x

✔️ Improve reporting and forecast accuracy by eliminating errors from manual data pulls

✔️ Align leaders and teams across the company to financial objectives

💲Opportunity Size:

The total addressable market for enterprise financial planning is $50B. Anaplan is a leader in the space, with a market capitalization of almost $10B.

However, with a recorded NPS of -38 and poor user adoption across its customers, legacy enterprise tools like Anaplan are bound to be replaced.

❔Our Ask:

Connect us to CEOs, CFOs, and finance leaders in your network. To contact us, click here

Introduce us to any warm connections you have in fast-growing companies or enterprises. click here

Are you a founder and interested in using our software to improve your financial planning process? To schedule a meeting with Glade, click here

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How did your company get started? (i.e., How did the founders meet? How did you come up with the idea? How did you decide to be a founder?)

Aaron and Daniel met while attending college at UC Berkeley in 2016, and have been best friends since. We decided to pursue a startup after we both realized our potential was being limited in our current industry jobs. We also believed that with our combination of experience and background, we could create something special.

What is your long-term vision? If you truly succeed, what will be different about the world?

In the next few years, we believe that the gaming experience will fundamentally change with advancements in generative AI. Today, games have a heavy reliance on repetitive gameplay loops, and the most cited reason as to why people quit games is due to games feeling “repetitive”. We will create a game that keeps players excited and on their toes - maps, content, and gameplay will constantly evolve. This also creates an entirely new skill within competitive games: the ability to adapt on the fly and strategize around live, changing circumstances within games.