Confessions of a D2C co. Truck tech. Overfed startups.

Get in my belly

Hi there,

About SoftBank, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi once stated: 

“Rather than having their capital cannon facing me, I’d rather have their capital cannon behind me, all right?”

The sentiment he offered has become conventional “wisdom” these days and TBH has been going on for a while even prior to SoftBank.  

A quick scan of the growing list of unicorns (370 worth $1.14T) highlights that both startup founders and investors have bought into the idea that more funding leads to winning. In fact, rounds of all types are getting super-sized.

But does foie-gras’ing startups full of cash really lead to better returns?  

We analyzed the numbers to see if more money leads to better returns.

And perhaps just as importantly, we also created this amazing gif of a startup founder being foie-gras’d by an investor.

Tech giants tackle finance

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon have billions of users and the machine learning power to actually make sense of the data they generate. This has made them uniquely positioned to win in key financial services verticals.

From payments and lending to wealth and insurance, we take a look at what these tech cos are currently working on in fin services and what they might tackle next. Check it out here.

Who will be at the Future of Health?

Curious who will be in attendance at the Future of Health (Oct. 2-3, NYC)?

Here’s a small sample of the companies sending senior level team members.

All attendees at the Future of Health will have the opportunity to set up 1:1 meetings with other attendees using our networking app.

Save $500 with code AMAZINGATTENDEES and get your ticket today before prices go up on July 15.

 Follow that big rig

The $700B trucking industry is plagued with inefficiencies. With persistent driver shortages and demand for faster delivery, trucking cos are facing rising costs that are putting pressure on their bottom lines.

From fleet management to automation to brokering, we take a look at 50+ companies working on technology to solve these issues. Expert Intelligence clients can see them all here.

What's your secret?

Direct-to-consumer companies are changing how people shop for everything from shaving cream to sneakers. 

From Allbirds to Glossier to Barkbox, we take a look at 12 of the most successful D2C companies and the secrets to their growth.

Mo’ money, mo’ problems

We compared a group of startups with $100M+ in funding to a group that had raised less than $100M and compared how they performed post-IPO.

Get the whole story about foie gras’d startups here.

 Check the receipts

Top investment banks have made 28 acquisitions since 2013, most of which focused on business areas outside of traditional investment banking.

We take a look at how the top i-banks are acquiring and what it means for the future of the industry. Expert Intelligence clients can read about it here.


The Industry Standard

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

Bloomberg. Yoolim Lee (@yoolimleenews) and Anuchit Nguyen report that Go-Jek has received an investment from Siam Commercial Bank and cite CB Insights data.

Entrepreneur. Suresh Rangarajan writes about how the rise of “proptech” is affecting India’s real estate sector and quotes CB Insights managing insurance analyst Matt Wong (@mlcwong).

Nasdaq. This article discusses how AI is becoming more important to the B2B payments space and refers to CB Insights research.

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Background, meet foreground. The background music business is thriving, and those subtle beats have become more influential than we realize.

Cheers to that. Sobriety is increasingly popular with younger generations. But are “sobriety influencers” actually helpful for people dealing with substance abuse?

DUN DUN. Everyone knows New Coke was a huge flop — or was it murdered?
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