Cybersecurity startups by state. Super active CVCs. Retail apocalypse survivor.

Outrage makes you feel good

Hi there,

A bunch of you emailed me yesterday asking whose depressing stock chart was featured in the newsletter. The answer is Blackberry.

The half-life of outrage

If you are on Twitter and ever accidentally look at trending topics, it is a potpourri of outrage.

People get fired up about something for a day, tweet about it, and then tomorrow it's another set of trending topics on the latest outrage.

The half-life of outrage is now very short.

On this topic, there's a very interesting study in Nature (see The Blurb) called "Moral outrage in the digital age" which talks about the social consequences of technology and its enabling of moral outrage. 

It's worth a read.

Show me the money

In 2017, cybersecurity startups raised a record $7.7B across 552 deals. The year also saw more unique investors than ever before.

We mapped out the most well-funded cybersecurity startup in each US state.

On the up-and-up

1,067 corporate VCs actively invested in 2017, a record high. We took a look at last year's most active CVCs including GV, Intel Capital, Salesforce Ventures, and more. Check them out here.

I can't quit you

An interesting Pew Research survey asked folks how hard it would be to quit social media.

Most folks say it wouldn't be hard to give up. I'm skeptical of these answers. What do you think?

Who could've predicted this?

On Monday, we'd talked about how our patent data predicted a Walmart product.

This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon is considering a partnership with top banks to create a "checking-account-like" product.

We listed Amazon the Bank as N+1 Innovation #1 in our Future of Fintech keynote from June 2017. See this PDF, beginning on page 51. You can also watch the video here.

I'm a survivor

In a world where traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling to compete with Amazon, Dollar General is faring quite well.

The company's stock price steadily increased over 2017, and it plans to open 900 new stores this year. 

To learn more about victims and survivors of the retail apocalypse, join us for Thursday's webinar. Sign up here.

The Industry Standard

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

Nikkei Asian Review. Kazuyuki Okudaira reports that KDDI and Sony are investing in autonomous vehicle technology and cites CB Insights auto tech research.
Business Review. Ovidiu Posirca reports that Romania’s banking system is looking to expand its digital agility and references CB Insights fintech research.
Stock News Press. Scott Gibson writes about Amazon’s potential new checking account services and references CB Insights research.


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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Rage is good. A discussion of how new technologies change the expression of moral outrage and its social consequences.

Staying neutral. Washington is the first US state to approve its own net neutrality rules.
Los Angeles Times
Money moves. Melinda Gates says “everything changes” when women are economically empowered.
Rules of the road. The UK is kicking off a three-year regulatory review to “pave the way for self-driving cars.”
How will I know? The SEC has issued updated cybersecurity guidelines, but does not address the issue of when to go public with the news that your company's been the victim of a cyberattack.
New York Times
Well, that's terrifying. Alexa-powered devices are laughing randomly.

Not in the budget. Glass Lewis & Co. says shareholders should reject a plan to grant Elon Musk a $2.6B award because it is too costly.

More like SNEAK Squad. Newly released documents reveal that the FBI paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad repair staff to flag illegal content.
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