Cos to change the world. Online fashion brands. Amazon in healthcare.

Coursera for beard whitening

Hi there,

Apparently there’s some solid money to be made in holiday cheer.

Mall Santas can bring in as much as $25K per season, but the elite Santas who book cast and crew parties in LA can make hundreds of dollars an hour.

There’s even an online school for it. The Santa Claus Conservatory offers video courses (not yet available on Coursera) like:

  • “Being a Mall Santa: Soup to Nuts”

  • “9 Do’s & Don’ts for Santa & Mrs. Claus”

  • “Beard Whitening & Care”

Be the change

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One of the deepest headlines in a while

Mo’ money, mo’ problems.

 Internet, but make it fashion

Fast fashion has had a tough year. H&M, for example, posted flat sales growth during H1, and has $4B+ worth of unsold clothes piling up.

Meanwhile, online brands are thriving.

From swimsuits to accessories to activewear, we take a look at 80+ startups disrupting the fashion world through the online channel. Clients can see them all here.

For your records

Amazon is launching a new service called Amazon Comprehend Medical, which can extract important data from patient records using machine learning.

This could help healthcare providers and researchers manage clinical trials and make decisions about treatments.

We examine what else Amazon is up to in healthcare here.


This year, a mysterious company called Blockchains, LLC bought a huge piece of land in the Nevada desert for $170M in cash.

Its owner Jeffrey Berns, a lawyer and crypto millionaire, wants to use the land to build a blockchain-based community, complete with a university and an esports arena.

The idea is that members of the community would be in charge of their own data, which would drive the digital economy.

Berns says he knows the plans far exceed blockchain’s actual capabilities — for now. But here’s what it might look like in the future:

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and Tom Wiscombe Architecture

The question for you is: where is the limit? What can't blockchain solve?

I’m reminded of Fred Wilson talking about how corporations are jonesing for blockchain at The Future of Fintech.

Watch it. The normally calm and cool Wilson gets animated and drops this gem about corporates jumping on the blockchain: “Oh F$!?, the dumb money showed up.”

The 2019 Future of Fintech will be June 12-13 in NYC at Jazz at Lincoln Center. We’re capping it at 1100 again and it always sells out. Sign up.

 Grocery list

Over the last few years, big food companies have lost significant market share to rising startups like Chobani and Halo Top.

Now they're trying to co-opt the startup threat instead by launching venture funds, partnering with incubator programs, or investing directly in the companies.

We take a closer look at some of big food companies' investment strategies. Expert Intelligence clients can read it here.

Beautiful Mind that isht

Brilliant ideas can vanish in the time it takes to walk to a whiteboard. Want your company to be successful? Make an entire room a whiteboard and eliminate that walk.

Check out 18 other bulletproof strategies for driving corporate innovation here.

The classifieds

Some of our friends are hiring:

The Industry Standard

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

Forbes. Parmy Olson (@parmy) provides a quick guide to blockchain technology and references CB Insights research.

CNBC. Xin En Lee (@entinomy) reports that this year’s Singles Day in China brought in $30.8B in sales and cites CB Insights research.

Fast Company. Shana Lynch discusses new technologies that are changing agriculture and refers to CB Insights research.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Ho ho ho. Being a mall Santa can be pretty lucrative — if you have the right education.

All blockchain everything. A crypto millionaire wants to build a blockchain-based community in the Nevada desert.
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Back to basics. The next big thing in fitness could be stretching studios.
Fast Company

Who even are you? AI is creating fake digital fingerprints that can trick scanners on smartphones.

The net remembers — mostly. Some controversial content has been removed from the Internet Archive. Here’s why that’s problematic.

Kill the vibes. A group of people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) have formed a coalition to “build awareness” about potential health issues caused by wireless technology.
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