Fintech unicorn activity. Mobile health market map. Amazon's patents.
We just released our 64-page Q1’17 Global Fintech Report, covering global financial technology investment trends, top deals, active investors, and corporate activity.
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If you’ve read our 9900+ word Amazon Strategy Teardown, you have a good sense for the company’s ambition and the challenges that brick & mortar retailers will be facing as a result of Amazon’s unbridled ambition and investment in innovation.
The reality is that the picture has already gotten ugly for retailers. Shelly Banjo and Lisa Abramowicz of Bloomberg Gadfly recently detailed this (see The Industry Standard) writing “The number of retailers filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy is approaching its highest level since 2008 and 2009.”
Yes — it’s getting ugly with retail bankruptcies on track to exceed 2008/2009 levels.
Here’s another view on retail looking at retail sq footage per capita in the USA vs other markets.
With this brick & mortar pullback, one might expect that e-commerce would benefit as that is where retail is shifting. Interestingly, CB Insights data (featured in the same Bloomberg article) highlights that this is not the case.
A PR firm (it’s one guy so not really a firm) threatened to “expose how CB Insights does its market maps” cuz one of his clients wasn’t included.
I don’t know much about PR, but I’m pretty sure this is not a good strategy.