Crain's best places to work. Deals to ride-hailing startups. Microchip faster than your brain.


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Last week, we talked about the benefits of writing like a human being.

Sadly, it's shockingly rare.

We see it every day. Hundreds of companies submit their data to us daily via The Editor.

And they are addicted to jargon and marketing speak. Yes — lots of five-person startups that are the "world's leading." 

In any case, Andrew Davidson has created a corporate gibberish generator (see The Blurb) which you can use to generate jargon-infested press releases, website copy, and ICO whitepapers.

Here is an excerpt about CB Insights — the industry leader of collaborative schemas.  

We the best

This year, CB Insights was among the 100 companies named to the Crain’s Best Places to Work in NYC.

If you are interested in joining our award-winning squad, check out open roles here.

War chests

Indian ride-hailing unicorn Ola just received its fifth funding round in 2017 this week, a massive $2B Series J from Tencent, Ratan Tata, and returning investor SoftBank, among others.

This deal is the latest of a series of major funding rounds to Uber's top competitors. We visualized deal sizes of ride-hailing startups with $1B+ in disclosed funding below.

Remote control

We used our patent search engine to dive into the research efforts of 4 companies studying teleoperation concepts. In these driverless scenarios, remotely based operators could assume control of a vehicle should it require manual intervention.

Price/Earnings and Price/Sales are sooooo 2001

According to the founder of $20B unicorn WeWork, it is now about price/energy and price/spirituality.


The Next Big Thing

A look at the research coming out of universities, corporate R&D teams, and government research labs that CB Insights thinks you should know about.

Rx E. Coli

Drug company Synlogic is currently studying the safety of a drug made from gene-modified E. coli. The drug — designed to treat certain rare, but serious, metabolic diseases — deploys bioengineered bacteria into the human gut. Once inside the body, the E. coli behaves like a sponge to soak up excess ammonia.

The new E. coli-based drug is the latest innovation in “synthetic biology,” which we breakdown here.

1000x faster than your brain

A team led by researchers from Exeter, Oxford, and Münster universities has developed specialized photonic microchips, which could one day help to create computers that can store and process huge amounts of information at faster speeds than the human brain. Read about it.


Of course, it's all about startups

Spotted by Ryan Mac of Buzzfeed, proof that there is no bad time to advocate for startups and tech.

Securing the future

Startups protecting hospitals, power grids, and factories are gaining visibility and investor interest. We look at 5 of the top startups in the space including Tanium — the most well-funded private company in the category.

We'll be digging into this topic this Thursday during our discussion on cybersecurity for the connected enterprise. You can sign up for the briefing here.

The Industry Standard

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

New York Times. Nathaniel Popper (@nathanielpopper) writes about virtual currencies and cites CB Insights investment data.

Forbes. Elizabeth MacBride (@editoremacb) reports on Onfido's latest round of financing and references CB Insights research on cybersecurity startups.

Zee Business. A look at the online grocery market in India with a mention of CB Insights investment data.

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With Ola’s $2B round, Uber rivals further expand their war chests

India-based Ola secures an additional $2B in funding as SoftBank pours billions into the ride-hailing industry. Read about it.
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Companies researching teleoperation for autonomous vehicles

Patents analysis shines a light on 4 companies pursuing remotely operated autonomous vehicles, a potential stopgap on the road to full autonomy. See the list.
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5 startups protecting hospitals, power grids, and factories from hackers

Cybersecurity companies with a focus on securing connected devices on enterprise networks are on track to see all-time highs in deals and funding totals. Check them out.
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A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

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