Blockchain for your health. Retail robots. Everyone's talking telematics.

Hey big spender

Hi there,

Yesterday's Guide to Corporate Innovation was a hit.

Folks reported feeling more innovative after just reading it.

Strategy #7 seemed to be the favorite, based on a lot of feedback from readers.

Which one was your favorite?

Cure what ails you

The healthcare industry is plagued by inefficiencies, data security issues, and high administrative costs.

Could blockchain be the cure?

From the drug supply chain to claims management to patient health records, we explore how the technology could be integrated into healthcare in the short, medium, and long term.

We always give this advice. You don't listen.

Do you like spending more money than you have to?

If not, here's the deal.

When we launched the conference, TRANSFORM tickets were $1895.

They're now $2495.

And next week, they go up to $3495-$3995 (depending on how many we have left).

We always raise rates a ton 15-20 days prior to the event.


Cuz we are greedy.

So don't be foolish and pay $1500 for no really good reason.

Use the code nofool today and get $500 off here.

If you really want to pay more cuz you want to make us rich, please wait a couple of days. Thanks.

Shopping in the time of robots

Competition from Amazon, demands for transparency, and increasing investment are transforming the retail AI landscape. Startups in the space have raised $1.8B across 374 deals since 2013.

From micro-fulfillment centers to the driverless food space to the future of shoplifting, we take a look at the top emerging retail AI trends.

Food & CBI analysts 

The CBI analyst presentations for TRANSFORM were just decided. 

The analysts will be discussing the future of:

  • blockchain
  • wellness
  • luxury
  • AI
They'll be discussing the trends you need to be watching today, as well as where there is needless hype that you should ignore.

In addition, we're hosting smaller industry breakfasts for execs in healthcare and financial services.

And finally, CBI analysts will be on hand for 1:1 meetings, which you can book via the conference app.

Talkin' 'bout telematics

Chatter about telematics — using an app or device to track driver behavior in real time — on earnings calls has seen a big increase over the last two years, and insurers are joining the discussion.

Since the beginning of 2017, telematics has been mentioned 830+ times. We break down why telematics is such a hot topic and which insurers are talking about it.

 Get comfy

As commercial buildings get smarter, energy management systems are finding new ways to lower emissions and costs while maximizing occupants' comfort.

We identify five ways that technology is quantifying how occupants respond to temperature, lighting, and more, and how that data is supporting the push for smarter, more efficient buildings.

Expert Intelligence clients can see them here.

Goodbye, cruel world

It's hard to say goodbye, but the harsh reality is that 70% of tech startups fail — usually within 20 months after raising funding.

We've compiled 287 post-mortems for some of the most notable startup failures in our database.

 What's in the box?!

Pressure from corporate shareholders and evolving consumer preferences is changing the packaging industry. 

Consumers want packaging that's better suited to e-commerce and more eco-friendly. Brands are looking to use packaging to enhance the purchasing experience.

We've mapped out 45+ startups pioneering new methods to package and label products. Expert Intelligence clients can see them all here.

The Industry Standard

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

New York Times. Steve Lohr (@stevelohr) writes about the rise of New York City as a tech hub and refers to PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree Report.

CNBC. Eustance Huang discusses how AI will enhance people’s work lives rather than hinder them and cites CB Insights research.

Forbes. Parmy Olson (@parmy) provides a quick quantum computing explainer and references CB Insights research.

I love you.


P.S. Tomorrow we'll be discussing Big Tech in the smart home. Sign up for the briefing here.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Killer queen. Interest in chess hasn’t faded in the age of the internet — in fact, it’s rising dramatically.

Evaporate. Juul plans to remove its flavored pods from convenience stores and vape shops to address the growing problem of underage vaping.

Weighing on my mind. Scientists are changing the way they define the mass of a kilogram.
Boston Globe

Hold on to your limes. Elon Musk is clashing with Mexico’s tequila producers over his attempt to trademark “Teslaquila.”

Money changes everything. Two sister Instagram influencers wound up in jail in a foreign country after their series of romances with billionaires went sour.
New York Times

Fresh air. The 86-year-old company Airstream is experiencing a new age of tremendous growth and redesigning for the future.
Fast Company
Download the CB Insights mobile app today.

If you loved this newsletter, send it to a friend.
If you hated it, send it to an enemy.
All the data in this newsletter comes from CB Insights. Join NEA, Cisco & hundreds of other clients and get access to the industry's best private company data.

Sign up for access.
Copyright © 2018 CB Information Services, All rights reserved.
498 7th ave, 17th floor, New York, NY 10018