Cars get chatty. Execs don't say this. The future of blockchain.
Disrupting the moon
Chinese scientists have plans to put a man-made moon into orbit over the city of Chengdu by 2020. The hope is that it will help light up the city streets after dark, saving an estimated 1.2B yuan ($173M) in annual electricity costs.
The scientists say the artificial moon, which is basically an illuminated satellite, could be up to 8x brighter than the real one.
Take that, nature.
Let me tell you a story
After we named the inaugural Fintech 250 in 2017, they went on to raise $23B, including 30 rounds of over $100M. Twenty-two of last year’s Fintech 250 have already exited, with half going public.
This year, we’ve added 113 new companies. Since 2017, the 2018 Fintech 250 have raised $31.8B. This includes 51 mega-rounds ($100M+), 33 of which happened in 2018.
Nobody is saying “recession” on earnings calls anymore.
Even other phrases that can suggest a downturn aren’t being said. Here are the trends for “overheated” and “pullback” on earnings calls:
Of course, execs are seeing more “headwinds” for their businesses than “tailwinds,” because when things are not going well, we like to blame other factors. But when they’re going well, we like to take all the credit.
Wonder what happened in Q1’15 that made “headwinds” such a buzzword?
Earlier this year, the blockchain hype machine largely ground to a halt. Prices of major cryptoassets dropped, media interest thinned, and the public seemed to turn its attention elsewhere.
But under the surface, blockchain technology is still rapidly developing. We take a look at financing trends, earnings transcripts, partnerships, and much more to see what the future might hold for blockchain.
Trust your gut
The microbiome is said to hold the key to treating ailments from digestive distress, to acne, to anxiety and depression. But that’s not all.
From agriculture to diagnostics to nutrition, we take a look at 40+ startups using the microbiome to change the way we manage our health. Clients can check them out here.
Moviemaking for nerds
Consumer businesses can learn a lot from the approach WarnerMedia’s Applied Analytics group takes when making greenlight, casting, and marketing decisions for TV and movies.
President of Applied Analytics at WarnerMedia Matthew Marolda will join us on stage at TRANSFORM. He’ll share his unit’s secrets for leveraging data and machine learning.
Hear Matt at TRANSFORM, December 4-5 in NYC. Use discount codedataisforlovers and save $500. Prices go up by $1,000 on November 1.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.