New year, new blockchain. Beauty M&A. 15 smart people.

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Google’s top coders Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat understand computers down to the tiniest details.

They led the charge on many rewritings of Google’s core software, and today they are the company’s first and only Google Senior Fellows.

Dean and Ghemawat have a fascinating relationship. They operate almost like two halves of the same person, coding at the same computer.

They also live four miles apart and take family vacations together. The New Yorker takes a deep-dive into their friendship and how they helped bring Google to where it is today.

Read about it in The Blurb.

Blockchain's New Year's resolutions

Want to know where blockchain technology will go in 2019? Our new report digs into 18 of the biggest blockchain trends to watch in the new year.

You can download it here.

 You're like, really pretty

When it comes to acquisitions, beauty corporates are looking for cleaner products, brand authenticity, experiential retail, and more.

From skin care to makeup to wellness, we take a look at 23 brands that could be targets for beauty corporates. Clients can see them all here.

Helicopter much?

Some elementary school cafeterias are having trouble dealing with a particularly disruptive group: parents.

More and more parents are showing up to join their kids — some of whom are as old as 10 — for lunch. It might seem like a nice gesture, but it’s causing disturbances in the lunchroom ecosystem.

Teachers have a tough job.

The Atlantic has the full story. Check it out in The Blurb below.

Healthcare's crystal ball

We asked 15 top executives and investors what technology or business model innovation will have the biggest impact on healthcare in the next 5 to 10 years.

Download the report here to see the complete list of participants and what they had to say.


Big banks are looking to robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning to automate operations, increase productivity, and lower headcount.

From fraud detection to financial advice to lending, we take a look at 90+ startups using technology to automate bank processes. Expert Intelligence clients can see them here.

Ruining Instagram

There is a raging Excel vs. Google Sheets debate happening on CB Insights instagram account.

Join fellow data nerds and datafluencers on the 'gram and weigh in.

Living in a material world

Out of 50+ publicly traded US retailers, only 9 had started talking about AI-related strategies for their websites or stores on earnings calls as of January 2018.

However, retail AI startups have raised $1.8B across 374 deals since Q1'13. More funding, competition from Amazon, and demands for transparency are transforming the retail AI landscape.

We take a look at the top trends to watch in the space.

The Industry Standard

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

Entrepreneur. Malachi Thompson (@malachisblog) writes about why managing your mental health is crucial to being a successful business leader and references CB Insights research.

TechCrunch. Chris Downer (@chrisdowner) discusses why commercial insurance is a field primed for innovation and cites CB Insights data.

PwC. The consulting firm’s emtech team (@pwcdigital) presents its 2019 AI predictions, including monetizing AI, featuring data from the PwC / CB Insights MoneyTree™ Report.

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P.S. On December 13, we'll be discussing advanced manufacturing trends to watch in 2019. Register for the briefing here.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Code of friendship. Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat’s friendship and pair-programming helped make Google what it is today.
The New Yorker

Dad, you’re embarrassing me. Elementary schools are being disrupted by parents showing up to eat lunch with their kids in the cafeteria.
The Atlantic

Recycle. A new bike rack system in Amsterdam proposes to harness energy generated by the city’s many cyclists and use it to power people’s homes.
Fast Company

Real eyes realize real lies. A next-generation lie detector captures almost imperceptible changes in participants' eyes, such as pupil dilation and reaction time.

NYPDrones. The New York Police Department has acquired 14 drones, which it will use in large events, hostage situations, and crime scene investigations.
The Verge
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