How to live longer. Work wear gets comfy. Millennials kill credit cards.

I got a fever

Hi there,

When the thermometer was invented in the 1700s, doctors were skeptical. For nearly two centuries following its invention, most doctors still took patients’ temperatures by feeling their skin.

Those who used thermometers were considered incompetent.

Rejecting new technology for fear of being replaced by it is a phenomenon that still happens in the medical field, and in many other “high-skill” industries.

Scientific American digs into why that is. Check it out in The Blurb.

If I could turn back time

For decades, scientists have been trying to figure out how we can extend our lifespans — and feel younger.

Aging isn't curable, but longevity researchers and companies are working to find ways to slow down the process.

We take a deep dive into the biology of aging, emerging treatments, key investors in longevity, and much more to see what the future might hold for getting older.


Fight for your rights

Texas Monthly tells the story of how Fred Cruz, a young prison inmate, and his attorney Frances Jalet fought against the brutality and corruption in the Texas prison system in the 1970s.

After years of legal battles, they won their case to hold abusive prison officers accountable for denying basic rights to prisoners.

You can find the article in The Blurb below.

This is the top

Yesterday, we released the 2018 Fintech 250.

A bunch of companies reached out asking how to be considered for our market maps or the Fintech 250 in the future.

We don't do briefings, so the only way to get in front of our team is by updating/adding your profile via The Editor.

(Warning: don't use jargon when submitting your company.)

Also, re: the Fintech 250, CB Insights clients can view the entire list of 250 companies here. (You can also learn how to create your own Stories here.)

Not a client? Sign up for a free trial to check it out.

 Leggings are pants, OK?

Athleisure has spread across the world, and is even reportedly hurting denim sales.

Now it's coming for work attire.

We take a look at the startups bringing technical fabrics, sustainability, and versatility to business wear. Expert Intelligence clients can see them here.


A bad omen?

Maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic for old NYC, but The Atlantic’s take on all of the city’s empty storefronts and what they mean for the future of cities feels very true.

Read it in The Blurb.

Get to the point

The point-of-sale (POS) startup market is growing, thanks in large part to millennial consumers ditching credit cards for more transparent credit options.

As competition heats up and POS lending becomes more mainstream, startups are raising funds to grab market share.

We take a look at the top POS lending players to watch.

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 You're so cryptic

For companies, the holy grail of cybersecurity is operating on encrypted data without compromising its security.

An encryption technique known as homomorphic encryption does that, but it's been too slow to be a practical solution — until now.

We break down how homomorphic encryption works and how it could prevent future data breaches. Expert Intelligence clients can read it here.

The Industry Standard

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

Forbes. This article takes a look at the companies disrupting consumer products and technology, enterprise software, and logistics & manufacturing, and refers to CB Insights research.

Bloomberg. Tim Culpan (@tcuplan) discusses how the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi could affect global VC funding and references PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree Report.

Axios. Erica Pandey (@erica_pandey) writes about the growing fertility business and quotes CB Insights healthcare analyst Ja Lee (@ja_lee2).

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Do not want. For hundreds of years, doctors have wrongly feared that new technology would replace them.
Scientific American

Changing the system. A young prison inmate and his attorney fought — and ultimately won — against the corrupt Texas prison system in the 1970s.
Texas Monthly

Losing your touch. Have skyrocketing real estate prices made New York City less cool?
The Atlantic

Our two-wheeled future. Transitioning to battery-powered motorcycles and scooters could be the key to reducing pollution.

Disappear for a while. The CIA’s former Chief of Disguise breaks down how spies use disguises.

The more you know. Keeping your brain healthy has a lot to do with taking care of your sight and hearing.
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