2018 tech trends. Audio in 3D. CES startups to watch.

Black mirror

Hi there,

In December, we asked you which company will we say was a net negative for society 10 years from now?

Of the FAMGA group of companies, the answer was pretty overwhelmingly Facebook.

Crystal ball 

We identified 15 trends that will shape tech in 2018, from cars as a subscription service to the gym-less future of fitness. Check out the full 32-page report here

A-ha! moments

Jim Adler, Managing Director at Toyota AI Ventures, sat down for a fireside chat with The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin at the CB Insights A-ha! Conference in December. Here's some of what he had to say:

Read more about what Jim had to say, and check out further highlights from A-ha! here

No borders

Bad data viz has now gone global.

One of our amazing Swedish newsletter subscribers (who prefers to remain anonymous) sent us this data viz, which he assured us is as meaningless as it looks.

Next VR frontier

Spatial 3D audio tech is helping headset-wearers locate sounds beyond their field of view, making sound localization possible in virtual environments

On the lookout

With CES 2018 kicking off in Vegas on Tuesday, we put together a list of the top startups to look for at the conference, from AR headset makers to humanoid robot developers. 

The Industry Standard

CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.

HuffPost. Carlos Gutierrez Jr. (@cmgutierrezjr) looks at the tech-enabled future of real estate and cites CB Insights early-stage real estate tech research

Bloomberg. Lizette Chapman (@lizette_chapman) on Peter Thiel's Founders Fund's bets on Bitcoin, with a reference to CB Insights data. 

Tech.Co. Natasha Singer (@natashanyt) on the future of big tech in healthcare, with a reference to CB Insights heathcare funding data. 

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P.S. Tomorrow at 1pm EST, we're diving into the consumerization of healthcare. Tune in for the briefing

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Democrats drive Sedans. Stanford researchers analyzed 50 million images from Google Street View to predict things like income, buying habits, and political leanings. 
NY Times

Dogecoin, Kushcoin, No Limit Coin. Mark Wilson (@ctrlzee) on how branding is fueling the cryptocurrency craze. 
FastCo Design

Troubled timeline. Megan Rose Dickey (@meganrosedickey) and Sarah Buhr (@sarahbuhr) take a look back at Uber's hellish year. 

Holy $#!?. Analysis of quarterly earnings calls reveals that 2017 was one of the most profane years in corporate conference call history.


Big bets. Peter Elstrom (@pelstrom), Pavel Alpeyev (@pashakun), and Lulu Yilun Chen (@luluyilun) on the relentless, eccentric deal-making of Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son. 

The gap. Claire Zillman (@clairezillman) on how automation could make the gender pay gap even worse. 
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