Psychographics for good. Car, interrupted. Amazon to make you feel better.
Principles > everything
I’ll be in Japan later this month giving the keynote at the FIN/SUM conference in Tokyo. Hope to see some of you there.
And now, on with the show.
Software is eating insider trading, it seems.
A very interesting look at Russian hackers that used press release sites (Business Wire, for example) to get inside information and make $100M.
Check out The Blurb for the article.
Amazon is making serious moves in the healthcare space.
With its non-traditional business model, infrastructure in logistics & computing, and customer love, the tech giant could disrupt everything from the pharmaceutical supply chain to Medicare/Medicaid management.
DST Global minted 2 new unicorns over the weekend: grocery delivery startup Rappi and SMB marketplace Udaan.
DST has already participated in rounds for 9 unicorns this year. Clients can see the full list in today’s client-only note.
Shazam for air strikes
Sometimes, you read about a company and think about the impact technology can have to really change the world.
Hala Systems’ business is actually saving lives using its sensor network, Sentry. It functions like a “Shazam for air strikes,” using sound to predict when and where bombs will hit in Syria.
Hala says the system identifies threatening aircrafts around 95% of the time, and thousands of Syrian civilians depend on it for survival:
Wired digs into how the startup was formed and how the technology works. You can find the article in The Blurb.
Personal car ownership isn’t dead yet, but it’s becoming less convenient, especially in dense urban areas. New transportation models are starting to take hold, and could eventually permeate even suburban areas.
The article by Buffer CEO Joel Gascoigne is in The Blurb and is worth a read, especially his discussion about the tension between growth and profitability.
Buffer’s path is clearly not for every tech company. Neither is raising VC money. It’s good to see that these discussions are happening.
A few notable startups, including New York-based luxury subscription company Eleven James, moved on to the Great Beyond this month. Clients can see the list of dead startups in today’s client-only note.