The walkie talkie matrix. Potential Walmart targets. Medical mirrors.
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Shepherd to Lost Sheep

Hi there,

People get very sensitive when folks are critical of startup founders.

But, sometimes it is warranted.

To help you understand when it is and when it is not acceptable to be critical of startup founders, we used AI-infused blockchain to develop the Walkie-Talkie Magic Matrix.

Learn more here. Use this knowledge responsibly.


The future of Walmart

Walmart's been on a buying spree, acquiring companies from e-commerce platforms to outdoor apparel retailers. Since the retail giant announced plans to continue snapping up startups, we took a data-driven look at 11 possible targets

Paypal Mafia in the house

The Future of Fintech is June 19-21st 2018 at Lincoln Center.

Like the last 2 years, the speaker lineup will be insanely good.

Today, I'm excited to announce that we'll be hosting the "consigliere” of the PayPal mafia, Max Levchin, at this year's Future of Fintech.

After selling PayPal to eBay, Levchin served on a few boards (Evernote, Yelp, and Yahoo!) before eventually founding Affirm (rumored valuation of $1.5-2B). The company allows you to make purchases online using a line of credit rather than a credit card.

Join us as we talk with Max about the future of credit and consumer power. Get your ticket today with the early-bird rate.

What's in a name 

Given the hype around all things artificial intelligence, we took a look at the increasing trend of companies using ".ai" in their URLs. 

Thanks from the best-dressed team in SaaS

A belated thank you from our team for making 2017 a great year.  

Also, if you, too, want to look like 007 at your holiday party this year, we are hiring in every possible area — engineering, marketing, intelligence unit, customer success, biz dev, operations, — you get the idea. Check out open positions.

We also have a $5k referral program if you refer someone to us.

Take a look in the mirror

A new patent from Google details how your bathroom mirror could monitor your health, with "optical sensors" embedded in everyday objects capable of assessing cardiovascular function to help users improve heart health. 


The Industry Standard

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

Business Insider. Becky Peterson (@beckpeterson) writes about funding to cybersecurity startups and cites CB Insights funding data. 

Investor's Business Daily. Reinhardt Krause (@IBD_RKrause) on blockchain technology's potential to become an infrastructure-grade accounting tool, with a reference to CB Insights blockchain investment data. 

Digital Journal. Tim Sandle (@timsandle) discusses corporate investment in industrial 3D printing and cites CB Insights investment data

Happy Monday.

I love you.


P.S. Bookmark this page to stay on top of all our upcoming events and research briefings in 2018. 

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Downswing. Following Apple's admission that it intentionally slows iPhones with older batteries and subsequent slashing of battery prices, the company may sell 16M fewer iPhones in 2018. 

Terawatt hours. Bitcoin consumes more energy than 159 individual countries, including Ireland, Bolivia, and Hungary. 
Big Think

Adversarial examples. A new paper by Google researchers highlights the stickers that can convince computers that any object is a toaster. 
FastCo Design

Big bucks. Ripple is the world's second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap (after Bitcoin) — and Ripple cofounder and CEO Chris Larsen just became the world's fifth wealthiest person. 

Women in office. As the swearing in of Tina Smith (D, MN) sets a new record for the number of women in the senate, this graphic visualizes the rise of female representatives.  
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