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10 Tuesday AM Reads

Back to work with our Two-for-Tuesday morning train reads: • Wealth Managers Beware: Emerging Fintechs Are Coming For Retirement Planning Next (CB Insights) • Devil’s Bargain: We already have planet-cooling technology. The problem is, it’s killing us. Show More Summary

Omarosa’s Latest ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ As ‘Meet The Press’ Moment: Beware Pence

CBS has put out another Omarosa-centric promo for Celebrity Big Brother, and unlike last time’s whisper campaign knocking President Donald Trump, her political insight on Vice President Mike Pence from her time in the White House came...Show More Summary

Why Startups Fail

The Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail from CB Insights is based on their postmortem review of 101 failed startups. Their infographic below lists the 20 reasons. Their research brief goes into detail on each reason. Based on our experience researching...

8 Industries Mr. Elon Musk Is Trying To Transform (Infographic)

In this modern-day David and Goliath battle (multiplied by eight), one man is trying to take down a bevy of behemoth industries. CB Insights reports, "Elon Musk thinks and acts on a larger, more cosmic scale than we’re accustomed to... His...Show More Summary

A New York City startup pays for 2 of its employees to go on vacation every year without spending a dime, thanks to a hack involving Amazon and a credit card

Software analytics company CB Insights gives out bi-annual "peer awards" to its employees. The company uses a Starwood American Express business card to pay for its hefty Amazon Web Services bill, generating a ton of Starwood points,...Show More Summary

Which Industries are Prime for Disruption?

Last year, I talked with the CEO of CB Insights about how Fintech was disrupting the value chain of financial services. Since then, it's become even easier to see how disruptors are changing every industry, and becoming leaders in their...

The ‘SoftBank Effect’: Megarounds drive U.S. venture funding up 17% in 2017

Thanks to a continued flush of huge funding rounds, venture capital flowing into U.S.-based companies rose 17 percent last year, to $71.9 billion. The numbers, released early Wednesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and CB Insights’ in their quarterly MoneyTree Report, found that overall venture capital had a strong year in the U.S. Show More Summary

CB Insights on the Trends Shaping Tech in 2018

The technology information site CB Insights recently published their list of 15 Trends Shaping Tech in 2018. CB Insights is widely followed in the tech community, especially among investors and tech deal makers. So their list of tech trends is...

Bridging aging research and artificial intelligence

(Biogerontology Research Foundation) Alex Zhavoronkov PhD, director and trustee of the Biogerontology Research Foundation, is now also CEO of a CB Insights AI 100 listed company.

This covert German holding company is buying up all the coffee and doughnuts

Adjust your tinfoil hats, conspiracy theorists, ’cause we’re going in. Prior to World War II, the Germans were hungry for power—now they seem to be hungry for breakfast. That’s according to CB Insights, which has charted out a stealthy...Show More Summary

How edtech innovation can revolutionize the education industry

Venture funding for EdTech is booming this year, with CB Insights projecting that there will be a 24 percent growth over last year, with close to $3 billion in total funding. At the center of that growth is a group of entrepreneurs and innovators working together to improve the education industry, increase access, and reduce costs. Show More Summary

Insilico Medicine named to the global top 100 AI companies by CB Insights

(InSilico Medicine, Inc.) Insilico Medicine is named as the Top 100 Global Artificial Intelligence Companies for 2018 by CB Insights from 1000+ companies.

London continues to dominate Europe’s tech scene despite Brexit

4 months agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Not only has the decision to leave the European Union not dented London’s startup scene, it seems to have actually widened its lead as Europe’s leading fundraising destination. According to a report from CB Insights, U.K. startups attracted $3.02 billion in venture capital in the third quarter. That’s a bit below the peak reached in […]

CBS Sports chairman says Tony Romo has ‘exceeded our expectations’

4 months agoSports : Awful Announcing

Tony Romo’s opening two months as an NFL game analyst have gone impossibly smoothly. The former quarterback has bonded with Jim Nantz, garnered wide praise for his insight and become a viral sensation for his genuine reactions and his ability to predict plays before they happen. Show More Summary

School Start Times, Brand Names, and Too Much Ground Beef: TMSIDK Episode 31

We filled this episode with insights about the true value of ground beef, sleeping in, company names, and more. Alex Wagner (CBS This Morning Saturday, The Atlantic) is our special guest co-host, with AJ Jacobs (author of It's All Relative)...Show More Summary

This pie chart shows how Goldman Sachs is trying to become the Google of Wall Street (GS)

It has been well documented that Goldman Sachs is on a mission to become the Google of Wall Street. And a pie chart in a new report by CB Insights shows the degree to which the bank is trying to become more like a tech company. The report,...Show More Summary

Google Celebrates 19 Years, Makes Another Acquisition

Analyst firm CB Insights estimates Google has made nearly 200 acquisitions since 2001. When the company reorganized and renamed as Alphabet in late 2015, the new structure refocused on non-advertising businesses, such as Calico (healthcare), Google X (self-driving cars and robots), and Nest (smart home).

The Summer of Initial Coin Offerings

Note: my blog has moved to www.seeingbothsides.com. Also, check out www.jeffbussgang.com to see my new book, Entering StartUpLand, which ships on October 10th. Goldman Sachs and CB Insights recently reported that startups have raised over $1 billion in Initial Coin...

Investors pump a record $10 billion into on demand…. with more than 80% going to four companies

6 months agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Well, this is going to end in tears. CB Insights released a report this week showing that the “on demand” economy isn’t quite as beleaguered as…. Well, every single sign would suggest. On demand was overhyped for sure. But the way it...Show More Summary

The ten biggest companies in tech have put the brakes on acquisitions (GOOGL, AMZN, AAPL, CSCO, FB)

The ten largest tech companies in the US have only made 35 acquisitions in the first half of this year, according to CB Insights. If things continue at this rate, big tech will have made 61 acquisitions total in 2017— a full 25 % less...Show More Summary

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