What is CRISPR? Noteworthy enterprise AI startups. New CBI podcast.

E.T. phone home

Hi there,

The data says men believe more in aliens and women believe more in ghosts. Who knew?

Designer babies?

What if we could decide what our babies would look like? What if we could bring extinct species back to life?

CRISPR could make this possible, and revolutionize the way we tackle disease, food shortages, and more. Our 5,200-word explainer discusses what CRISPR is, how the technology is being applied, and why it's controversial.

Screen time

You knew the number would be high, but hadn't seen data like this before.

Young folks spend 25%+ of their leisure time on their devices.

Earworm alert: Chamath podcast

We have a podcast. This week’s episode is a fireside chat between Bloomberg’s Mark Milian and Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya. Three things we learned from that conversation:

  • Social Capital wants to write 10,000 VC checks per year

  • Don’t plan on calling Chamath “Mayor Palihapitiya”

  • There might be more SPACs in our future

Listen to the whole conversation, which covers everything from immigration policy to Facebook to the future of investing. Also available on iTunes.

Take note

More than ever before, organizations are relying on AI for predicting user behavior, analyzing real-time data, and automating processes.

Enterprise AI is emerging as one of the most well-funded categories in the growing field. We took a look at 9 noteworthy enterprise AI startups.

A side of bacon, extra CRISPy

Climate change is forcing us to grow and protect our food sources in new ways. Enter CRISPR

From creating disease-resistant cacao to genetically engineering pigs with less body fat, scientists are already finding ways to use CRISPR to make farming more efficient. 

Speaker sneak peek and discount code

We’re just getting started, but the Future of Fintech 2018 conference is already stacked with a star-studded lineup of fintech’s top CEOs and founders, including:

  • Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq (mkt cap $13.2B)

  • Harit Talwar, Head of Marcus by Goldman Sachs

  • Souheil Badran, President of Americas, Ant Financial (Alipay) ($60B valuation)

  • Joseph Lubin, Co-founder of Ethereum, founder of ConsenSys

  • Kenneth Lin, Founder & CEO of Credit Karma ($3.17B valuation)

  • Vlad Tenev, Co-founder & Co-CEO of Robinhood ($1.3B valuation)

  • Andy Rachleff, Co-founder & CEO of Wealthfront

Register today at the very best price yet. Prices go up for good on March 1. Use VIP code: BESTYET for $500 off until the end of the month.

The Industry Standard

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

Financial Times. Louise Lucas (@louiseflucas) reports that AI startup funding in China has surpassed the US and cites CB Insights’ AI Trends Report.

Bloomberg. Barry Ritholtz’s (@ritholtz) list of Tuesday must-reads, including CB Insights’ new Robo-Retirement Report.

Wall Street Journal. Sarah E. Needleman (@saraheneedleman) discusses whether Epic Games can turn buzz into profit and mentions CB Insights research.

Economic Times. Chris Zook (@chriszookbain) writes about how companies can overcome growth hurdles and references CB Insights unicorn research.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Irreconcilable differences. Cryptocurrency is making things difficult for divorce lawyers.
New rules. The FDA is proposing new guidelines to pave the way for earlier-stage Alzheimer’s drugs.
Let’s go a step further. The ARCEP, France’s equivalent of the US’ FCC, thinks net neutrality should also apply to devices.
You say problem, I say opportunity. Aspiring social entrepreneurs can find big business opportunities in some of the most pressing global issues.
Fast Company

Clean meat. The arrival of lab-grown meat seems to be imminent, but there are still a few kinks to work out.

Obstructed view. Google is removing its “view image” button from image search results to make stealing pictures more difficult.
The Verge

Start digging. The Boring Company has received an early building permit from D.C. that allows some prep and excavation work as first steps to building the Hyperloop.
Washington Post
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