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Wall Street analysts seem to love congratulating big company execs on earnings calls.
When we mine our earnings transcripts search engine, we see they prefer "great quarter, guys" to "great job, guys."
Interestingly, we hit peak "great quarter, guys" in 2008.
Remember the time
In corporate venture capital, there's a lot of tension between financial and strategic goals, and conflicting evidence about whether startup investing is a valid form of "outsourced R&D."
So why do Fortune 500 companies start corporate venture units and invest in small, risky companies? To answer these questions, we dig into the history of corporate venture investing.
It's not always "congrats, bro"
"Congratulations on a great quarter" is the most popular way analysts compliment execs on earnings calls.
Be your own mechanic
A new patent granted to Amazon shows how the company wants to use AR to help customers test part compatibility before purchasing. We analyze the tech described in the patent here.
I never forget a face
This week, China-based facial and image recognition tech startup SenseTime brought in a $600M Series C investment led by Alibaba. This is the single largest venture capital investment in the AI sector.
In part 1 of our China in AI series, we look into how facial recognition technology and startups like SenseTime are contributing to China's nation-wide surveillance project.
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CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Forbes. Wade Burgess (@wadeburgess) writes about how the gig economy is driving innovation in HR tech and cites CB Insights data.
San Francisco Business Times. Katie Burke (@sfbizkatie) reports on Impossible Foods’ $114M funding round and refers to CB Insights research.
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