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Catch you on the livestream

Hi there,

Tomorrow, we kick off the A-ha! Conference in San Francisco, as well as our Executive Council being hosted at Dropbox.

You can catch the A-ha! Conference livestream for everything except Demo Day by signing up here. 

Demo Day will only be seen live by conference attendees.

If you'd like to register and hear a ton of amazing speakers, go here.


This week marks an important anniversary for Apple, which went public on December 12, 1980. 

37 years later, Apple is the most valuable company in the world.

We dug into the company's earnings calls, patents, acquisitions, product releases, and more to put together a 7,000+ word deep dive on Apple's top executives, current priorities, and strategy for the future, from its moves in AI and VR to bets on auto and wearables.  

One particular data point that reveals a lot is where the company is hiring, which we also analyzed.

A candid conversation

I’ve gotten a lot of notes from people asking if Steve Jurvetson is still appearing at the A-ha! Conference this week after he took a leave of absence from SpaceX and Tesla boards.

He is.

However, instead of doing a TED-style presentation as originally planned, he’ll sit for a fireside chat on Wednesday.

We’ve talked to Steve and he’s agreed to answer any and all questions that our journalist moderator asks. 

We'll see how the conversation unfolds.

The angriest patent drawing

AR/VR unicorn Magic Leap (which has raised nearly $2B in funding) has a new patent application that links facial recognition and document verification in order to authenticate identity. 

It looks very upset. 

I can teach you, but I have to charge

A while ago, we'd shared song lyrics in graph form (see here). It was a hit.

Here's another one we recently found about whose milkshake brings the boys to the yard.

So hot right now 

We've mined data from earnings transcripts for 6600+ public companies over the past 10 years to see what investors, analysts, and executives are talking about in earnings calls. 

These calls reveal that when it comes to AI, execs are talking about one area of computer science a lot more than others. Check it out

Headlines from the future

Our annual Tech IPO Pipeline Report looks at 355 promising, highly-valued companies poised to make tech headlines in 2018. We dig into the funding trends, investors, and momentum behind these companies 

The Industry Standard

CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.

Nanalyze. A look at industrial IoT startups using AI to monitor machines, with a reference to the CB Insights industrial IoT research

Business Today. Mahesh Nayak (@Mahesh Nayak) discusses the rise of bitcoin and cites CB Insights ICO trends data. 

Independent. Angela Moon and Chris Prentice cover cannabis tech trends in the US and reference CB Insights data. 

Happy Monday.

I love you.


P.S. Catch the livestream for the A-Ha! Conference.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Eye spy. Researchers are using eye-tracking software to better understand how we see design. 
FastCo Design

State-sponsored. Lauren Etter (@lauren_etter) looks at what happens when a government uses Facebook as a weapon — and Facebook helps. 

Carrying on. Citing safety concerns, a number of America's top airlines are joining forces to take a stand against smart luggage. 

1 star. Jake Swearingen (@JakeSwearingen) describes how to spot a fake Amazon review. 
NY Mag

Guest for hire. Silicon Valley modeling agencies are seeing a record number of requests for beautiful "guests" at tech holiday parties. 

How 'bout them apples. In the wake of Amazon's acquisition, Whole Foods shoppers complain produce has turned bruised, discolored, tasteless, and rotten. 
Business Insider
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