Corporate innovation labs. Latin American tech. Digital to IRL.

Can I haz synergies?

Hi there,

What corporate jargon do public company execs love most?

Based on our earnings call search engine, we’ve got an answer.

It’s not synergy.  

Or even disruptive.

What they love most is being innovative.

We’ve also used the transcript search engine to dig into the language of a host of execs and companies, including:


BTW, if your org is focused on innovation, grab the State of Innovation Report, which surveys 670+ corporate strategy & innovation pros to see what separates the real innovators from the pretenders.

Get it here.

Plot twist

Warby Parker, Bonobos, and Indochino all started out as online direct-to-consumer brands. Now they're making big strides in the brick-and-mortar world.

Bonobos, for example, now has 50 physical stores, where the average transaction is $360 — double the size of an online purchase.

We take a closer look at how these companies — and others — are reinventing brick-and-mortar.

 The short end of the stick

Uber invested in Lime earlier this month.  

In a recent client-only note, we detailed why this is a great deal for Uber and a cr^ppy one for Lime.

Clients, go here to read the note.

Light bulbs on

With industries being disrupted left and right, companies have to innovate to stay relevant.

From SAP to Deutsche Bank to Comcast, we take a look at 73 companies that have innovation labs.

Inspiring robot art

Andrew Conru is the founder of RobotArt, a global contest for art created by AI. This year, 19 teams submitted over 100 works of art. Some of them looked like they could have been created by humans, like this one from the winning team CloudPainter.

I suppose this means the creative process isn’t so complex — but then again, not all of these AI tools are so good at being “artistic.”

Inspirobot is an AI bot that generates inspirational posters a la “Live. Laugh. Love.” Here are some examples of what it spits out.

Tech hunters: Latin America

Deals and dollars to private tech companies in Latin America hit a new high last year with 379 deals worth a combined $1.35B. Investments into the area have nearly tripled since 2012.

We take a closer look at Latin America's tech ecosystem and which countries have piqued investor interest the most.

 Bright lights, smart city

Smart cities are happening.

As part of client-only research, we mapped out 100+ companies that are developing solutions and services to make it happen. Clients can see the full map here, and also in last week’s client-only note.

The next big thing: dental floss

We recently launched market sizing estimates for 12,050+ markets from 1,700+ analysts on the CB Insights platform. Market sizings can be super helpful in deciding where to focus your organization.

They can also give you some new respect for some of the products you use every day:

  • Hand sanitizer — $2B in 2017
  • Dental floss — $4.17B by 2021
  • Deodorant — $3.47B by 2019

So the logical question is, why don’t we have a Dollar Shave Club of deodorant?

The Industry Standard

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

Forbes. Caitlin Long (@catilinlong_) reports on the ICO market in Q2’18 and refers to PwC and CB Insights’ latest Venture Capital Funding Report.

Washington Post. Tim Culpan (@tculpan) writes about the recent hacking of Singapore’s healthcare system and cites CB Insights data.

Barron’s. Ben Walsh (@bendwalsh) discusses why Amazon wants to get into financial services and references CB Insights research.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Identity crisis. Some users of DNA test kits like 23AndMe and AncestryDNA are finding out that their parents aren’t who they thought they were, and are looking to Facebook groups for emotional support.
The Atlantic

Get GIFed. Meet Samantha Scarff, the founder of the first creative agency devoted to making original GIFs.

I’m survivin’. Despite Amazon taking over almost everything, Best Buy is thriving.

Gag. A black sarcophagus was recently unearthed and opened in Alexandria, Egypt. Now there’s a petition to let people drink the liquid that was found inside.
The Verge

Check yourself. Forbes took down a highly controversial op-ed piece that advocated for Amazon replacing public libraries to save tax dollars.

Expecto pa-code-um. DIY computer kit maker Kano is teaming up with Warner Bros to launch a new Harry Potter-themed coding kit.
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