New in crypto. Amazon HQ2 bracket champ. China backs off US startups.


Hi there,

On Monday, I talked about how recruiters send the worst cold emails.

Here is one I got today.


Crypto craze: update

Circle announced this week that it is acquiring Poloniex, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, in a deal reportedly worth $400M. Along with Square and Robinhood opening their platforms to cryptocurrency trading, this is just another sign that crypto is red hot. 

Meanwhile, Coinbase has said its goals extend far beyond buying and selling Bitcoin. To see where the company is headed next, check out our Coinbase Teardown.


Hotlanta HQ

The votes are in — the winner of our Amazon HQ2 bracket challenge is Atlanta, GA.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Cooling on you

The number of Chinese investors funding private US tech companies dropped for the second year in a row. 

Learn more about the slump here.

Don’t forget, it’s a short month

And prices for our Future of Fintech event (June 19 - 21) are going up tomorrow, March 1.

Save $500 off your ticket using discount code kaching.

The speaker lineup is our best ever, as you can see here.

Shout outs to clients like Goldman Sachs, USAA, Capital Group, PNC, ScotiaBank, and Oak HC/FT for getting your tickets early.

Global perspective

Excited to share that Gideon Rose, Editor of Foreign Affairs, will hold a fireside chat with Jake Sullivan over dinner at the March 6 - 7 CBI Councils meeting.

Jake is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Brady-Johnson Distinguished Practitioner in Strategy at Yale. He also served as Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and as national security adviser to Vice President Biden. 

Looking forward to listening in on the conversation between these two.

Councils are for SVPs and up from companies with $1B+ in revenue. Apply here.

The Industry Standard

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

Entrepreneur. Zach Ferres (@zcferres) profiles Gil Dudkiewicz of StartApp and references CB Insights unicorn research.
Bloomberg. Dana Hull (@danahull) reports on self-driving startup Aurora’s latest funding round and cites CB Insights data.
The Financial Brand. Theodora Lau (@psb_dc) writes about innovation in financial services and references CB Insights research.


I love you.


P.S. Tomorrow we'll be diving into wealth tech trends to watch for in 2018. Save your spot at the briefing here.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Oh you fancy, huh? Starbucks has opened the first of its 1,000 planned Reserve stores, which features a full liquor bar and a Reserve coffee bar.
What’s the lunar area code? The moon is getting its first mobile phone network this year.
Thinking about my doorbell. Amazon is acquiring smart doorbell maker Ring, which could support the spread of Alexa to more smart home devices.
So many coins. Rakuten, Amazon’s Japanese rival, is planning a new cryptocurrency called Rakuten Coin.
Oh, okay! A new report from Georgetown University says that women need an extra academic degree to earn the same amount of pay as men.
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