Corporates & drones. Apple goes for a Drive. Everyone loves a pop-up.

Gotta eat 'em all

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Attention all hungry nerds: a Pokemon-themed bar and restaurant is coming to NYC. 

The pop-up will feature Pikachu-shaped cheeseburgers, drinks inspired by Pokemon, and competitive trivia games.

FYI — the Future of Health after party will not be here.


Droning on and on

Organizations across a wide range of industries are finding uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — also known as drones.

They're helping with safety inspections on industrial sites, bringing internet connectivity to remote areas, and dazzling crowds at events like the 2018 Winter Olympics.

From Amazon to Uber to FedEx, we take a look at 20 corporations working on drone technology

Real mature

When it comes to AI adoption, retail banks are lagging behind startups and public cos.

Our new report looks at what's holding them back and breaks down AI use cases in banking based on "need maturity" and "tech maturity."

Download it here.

Pour one out

As they say, it is better to have loved a robot and lost than to never have loved a robot at all. #RIP

Also, with iRobot’s recent acquisition of Root Robotics, we dug into what's going on in the education-focused consumer robotics space.


Alternative lending has gone mainstream. Fintech startups issued 38% of all US personal loans in 2018, while banks provided 28% and credit unions provided 21%.

From point-of-sale to payday alternatives to lending-as-a-service, we mapped out 140+ fintech startups going after traditional lenders. Expert Intelligence clients can see them all here.

Buy, buy, buy

Yesterday Apple bought autonomous driving startup, including its driverless cars and other assets.

The purchase price was undisclosed, but Apple was reportedly expected to pay less than the ~$77M raised by the startup.

We map out Apple's 10 largest acquisitions in a visual timeline. Check it out here.

Stores of the future

Brick & mortar retail has been a tough place of late.  

Our analysis of 68 retail bankruptcies highlighted what's causing the recent retail apocalypse. Specifically, it chronicled the demise of brands ranging from Nine West to Rockport to Diesel to David’s Bridal.

But this doesn’t mean retail stores are going the way of the dinosaur.

In fact, we dug into the technologies and trends that will be part of The Store of the Future.

From virtual aisles to in-store drones, we highlight what the store of 2030 will look like.

 Pop! goes the retail

Pop-up stores are hot right now. Brands from Louis Vuitton to Cheetos are jumping on the trend to get closer to their customers.

We take a look at why grocery retailers could be the next ones to get in on the pop-up craze. Expert Intelligence clients can read about it here.


The Industry Standard

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Reuters. John Geddie (@geddiejdk) writes about Singapore’s plan to create 10,000 tech jobs over the next three years and cites CB Insights data.

Fox KTVU. Sriram Sharma (@sriramvsharma) discusses Apple’s acquihire of and refers to CB Insights’ AI 100.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

DASHBOARD confessional. A new bill, called the DASHBOARD Act, would require big tech cos to report the dollar value of data collected from their users each year.
Fast Company

That’s nuts. A new study shows that over 2,300 squirrels call Central Park home.

It’s in the telling. Crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe have become a popular means of last-resort funding for healthcare costs — and storytelling has become crucial to success.
The New Yorker

Seal the deal. Scientists are studying Antarctic water temperatures with the help of elephant seals.

Ode to a blue check. Being verified on social media has perks, but has the verification process become so arbitrary that it’s lost meaning?
The Atlantic
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