Craft spirits are in. O&G invests in clean tech. Blockchain disrupts banking.

So you like poetry?

Hi there,

Man — it's hard to trust stuff on the internet.

There are fake Twitter followers, fake businesses, and now a fake restaurant, which became one of London's top restaurants on TripAdvisor. Check out The Blurb for more about The Shed at Dulwich.

Even if you don't read the words, some of the photography is inspiring.

Embrace or be replaced?

Global banking is currently a $134 trillion industry. Banks help intermediate payments, make loans, and provide credit. Blockchain could disrupt all of that, transforming everything from payments transactions to how money is raised in the private market.

Our deep-dive explores how the blockchain could turn the traditional banking industry on its head while enabling new business models through technology.

Love in the time of Facebook

Facebook's new patent
Collects data to decide
If you are a scrub.


Premium tequila has been a popular investor bet for top spirits companies in the past, but craft spirits might be the next big thing.

Spirits industry leaders are becoming increasingly active in the private market, with the 5 largest companies making 25 deals since 2014.

Oil can

Corporate venture investments by oil and gas companies hit record highs in 2016 and 2017, focusing on clean tech, analytics, and the Internet of Things.

We analyzed the investment activity of the largest and most active companies across the O&G value chain.

To the left, to the left #baddataviz

Oh what's in a scatterplot? Could it be known? 
Surely not or a scatterplot's what we'd have shown. 

Who needs little dots when instead your whole viz
Can be bunches of arrows that just look like shiz? 

Whaaat!? Harvard and Oxford online?

While others were creating MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), custom micro-degrees (like Udacity), and proprietary online education brands (like University of Phoenix and Concordia), 2U built technology and infrastructure to bring traditional education brands online.

Sounds like a pretty good deal for universities looking to extend their reach and revenue. They set standards, develop curriculum, and provide professors. 2U provides the platform, marketing, and administers admissions.

It’s no wonder Harvard, Georgetown, Oxford, and other blue chip brands are already on board. Chip Paucek, Co-founder & CEO of 2U calls this the third wave of online education.

He joined us at A-ha! for a chat with Financial Times' Hannah Kuchler. Watch the full interview here. Read the CBI take here.

The Industry Standard

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

Ottawa Business Journal. Craig Lord (@craigslord) reports that Ottawa VC funding decreased in 2017 despite more deals and cites PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree Canada Report.
National Real Estate Investor. Ira Zlotowitz (@irazlotowitz) writes about technology’s growing role in the CRE ecosystem and references CB Insights venture capital data.
Glossy. Jessica Schiffer (@jessicaschiffer) says the beauty startup space is becoming increasingly crowded and cites CB Insights’ 2017 beauty deals report.

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P.P.S. Haiku and poem courtesy of Rachel and Emma on the CBI team. If you want more poems, tell us on Twitter @cbinsights.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Fine dining. Oobah Butler (@oobahs) on that time his fake restaurant became the hottest eatery in London.

More than a watch. According to Cardiogram founder Brandon Ballinger’s most recent clinical study, the Apple Watch can detect diabetes with 85% accuracy.
Busted. 36 individuals are being charged by the US Justice Department with connections to a cyber-fraud ring that stole more than $530M over 7 years.
Aid goes digital. Disruption of the international aid and development sector is causing the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to consider how it will address future crises.
Fast Company
Lite crime. Bitcoin is losing popularity among criminals, who are now turning to Litecoin instead.

Spreading out. Startups are changing up their distributed team strategies to avoid sharing space with big tech companies.

Bigger than heirloom tomatoes. Derek Thompson (@dkthomp) analyzes Amazon’s announcement that Prime members can now have Whole Foods items delivered within 2 hours.
The Atlantic
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