Musk talks the talk. Asian alt lending shifts. Fruit fly algorithms.
Does this mean more vegans?
Great data viz by Washington Post showing the harm a drug does vs its level of regulation.
Fresh out of the Elon Musk hype machine: Tesla announced today that Musk will forfeit his paycheck if the company does not reach its performance goals, which add up to a $650B valuation in 10 years if all goes according to plan.
We’re back at the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center for Future of Fintech June 19 – 21.
Jazz at Lincoln Center has featured big names like US Treasury secretary Rob Rubin, Black Swan author Nassim Taleb, Credit Karma CEO Kenneth Lin, Foreigner, Talib Kwali, Steve Miller Band, and India Arie. (Disclaimer: not all have talked about fintech.)
This year, we’re excited to add Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman and Affirm & PayPal co-founder Max Levchin to the lineup.
Ticket prices will go up February 1 by $1,000. Be sharp and get your ticket today.
Shut up and drive
A little ride-hailing company called Uber — you may have heard of it — raised $1.25B in a Series H funding round last week.
This week, the company’s food delivery subdivision, Uber Eats, announced its acquisition of delivery-only online restaurant Ando. Uber Eats is identified in our Uber teardown as a key area of focus for the company with many job openings.
Check out our teardown for other key fields of research and analysis of Uber’s investors and strategy in international markets.
A-ha! moments: we’d loooove to get into that
You’ve probably seen some of the “GPS art” Strava users have shared.
Strava started as a favorite tool for cyclists who wanted to track their rides. The company transferred that talent for building a cult following to runners, then other sports.
Now Strava is one of the largest communities of athletes across multiple sports, allowing users to track, save, and share their workouts.
Mark Gainey, Chairman & Co-founder of Strava joined us at A-ha! for a conversation with CNBC’s Ari Levy about what’s next for the company. See the full conversation here.
Backstage, Gainey answered questions submitted by CBI clients about the company’s exit, strategy, and competitive landscape. He shared one market they’d “loooooove” to get into. See his answers here.
Mom, he’s (bio)mimicking me
Mother Nature has been technology’s muse for centuries. Whether it’s pollinating drone bees or brain-inspired microchips, biomimicry helps technologists solve complex problems in common sense ways.
P.S. If you want to nominate a speaker for The Future of Fintech, you can do so here. Please note that the bar is extremely high, and because of the number of nominations we receive, we cannot respond to everyone individually.