Round 3 ends tomorrow. Auto commerce market map. Robo-advisor teardown.
Hi there,

Friendly reminder to vote in our latest bracket which asks:

If you had to invest in a company and hold for 10 years, which company would you invest in?

So in round 3, we have some interesting matchups:
  • Uber vs Baidu are neck and neck
  • Facebook vs Nvidia
  • Tesla vs Alibaba
Polls close tomorrow, December 3rd, so make sure to cast your vote before then.

And now, here are this week's top briefs.

Apple Strategy Teardown: Where the World’s Most Valuable Company Is Focusing In Augmented Reality, Wearables, AI, Cars, And More
The maverick of personal computing is looking for its next big thing in spaces like healthcare, AR, and autonomous cars, all while keeping its lead in consumer hardware. With an uphill battle in AI, slowing growth in smartphones, and its fingers in so many pies, can Apple reinvent itself for a third time?

Here’s How Andreessen Horowitz & Union Square Ventures Are Betting On Blockchain
We took a closer look at these top VCs' blockchain investments, which range from private enterprise blockchains to cryptocurrency hedge funds.

On Earnings Calls, Which Tech Company Are Senior Execs Most Obsessed With? Hint: It’s No Longer Google
More than Google, Apple, or Facebook, there's one company that CEOs and public company execs are talking about the most. We analyzed earnings call transcripts to identify the new king of technology.

Market Map: 70 Auto Commerce Startups Attacking Traditional Dealerships
From car-sharing services and alternative financing options to dealership enablement software, startups in the auto commerce space are changing the way cars are sold, leased, and financed.

7 Small-Satellite Startups Bringing Space Down To Earth
Beyond space exploration, these high-potential startups are leveraging data from small satellites to increase military surveillance, predict the weather, and more.

Acorns Teardown: The Most Popular Robo-Advisor Faces A Fierce Fight As It Goes ‘Upmarket’
The micro-investing app has grown an of army of 2.2M accounts. But making money off these first-time, lower-income investors won't be easy. To do so, Acorns is building out higher-tier investment services and moving into the highly saturated $40T retirement planning market.

What Is Blockchain Technology?
Few people understand what it is, but Wall Street banks, IT organizations, and consultants are buzzing about blockchain technology. It's hard to remove blockchain from Bitcoin, so we'll start with Bitcoin as we work to understand this technology's potential.

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From Alibaba to Zynga: 21 Of The Best VC Bets Of All Time And What We Can Learn From Them
These venture bets on startups that "returned the fund," making firms and careers, were the result of research, strong convictions, and patient follow-through. Here are the stories behind the biggest VC home runs of all time.

Here’s Every Area Where Facebook Is Hiring As It Seeks To Future-Proof Itself
Facebook is doubling down on product innovation hires as it bulks up for a future in which VR and AR play a large role in social experiences. With government scrutiny increasing, policy and legal hires are also being prioritized.

Timeline: Travel Tech Exits Take Off As Startups & Corporates Go On Acquisition Sprees
Notable exits include the IPO of Latin American online travel booking service Despegar, as well as Airbnb's acquisition of villa rental startup Luxury Retreats.

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