640: Merriam Webster’s dictionary has added 640 words. New additions include swole, the state of being “extremely muscular,” and omnicide, a potentially understated term for the “destruction of all life.”
$1.2B: Plant-based protein startup Beyond Meat is looking to go public. The company plans to raise almost $184M through its IPO, with an expected valuation of up to $1.2B. Find out how the $90B global meat industry is set to be disrupted in our Meatless Future report.
360,000: The world’s first malaria vaccine is set to be distributed to 360,000 children a year across three African countries, according to the World Health Organization. Though the vaccine has been found to only be effective at preventing malaria in about 40% of cases, it could play a significant role in helping to reduce the 435,000 annual malaria deaths.
$1.25B: Mary Meeker has raised $1.25B to launch Bond Capital, her new VC firm. The former Kleiner Perkins partner was ranked No. 8 in our list of top venture capitalists — see the rest of the pack here.
30 years: This week Nintendo’s Game Boy celebrated its 30th birthday. The popular handheld console hosted hit games like Tetris and Pokemon, helping to grow the nascent video games market into what is now one of the largest entertainment industries in the world. Expert Intelligence clients can see where the gaming industry is going next with our recent market map.
$149M: KeepTruckin raised a $149M Series D to reach a valuation of up to $1.25B, becoming the latest company to reach unicorn status. The Google Ventures-backed fleet management startup is part of a hot space — Expert Intelligence clients can see 50+ trucking tech cos here. Keep track of the world’s 343 $1B+ private companies using our unicorn tracker.
$4.3M: Japan’s imperial calendar is set to reset when Emperor Akihito abdicates at the end of April. When his eldest son ascends to the throne it will usher in a new era, as well as a potential surge in software updates as developers scramble to keep time-linked software running smoothly. The city of Nagoya estimates it will spend around $4.3M prepping for the change.