Great news. More #f'n #influencers.
A few days ago, Mashable detailed an underground Instagram economy that allows people and brands to pay thousands of dollars to intermediaries and Instagram employees to become Instagram verified (see The Blurb for article).
Yes — becoming an influencer is potentially good for biz (or your ego).
Now, we've found that Google and Microsoft are working on software and algorithms to identify influencers, thoughtleaders, and trendsetters of all types.
(BTW, Google — what happened to "don't be evil?")
We dig into Microsoft/Google's influencer tech here.
PSA: If your Twitter or Instagram bio uses 2 or more of these hashtags (#influencer, #thoughtleader, #futurist), you are none of the above.
The crypto boiler room
Our first office was next to a "boiler room."
The boiler room was a motley group of scumbag guys (they were all guys) who'd call old people trying to bilk them out of their retirement money by having them invest in garbage penny stocks. We'd hear them talking to people on the phone saying things like "Listen. Nobody ever got hurt jumping out of a basement window."
Now, ICOs — tech friendly penny stocks — are getting into the pump & dump scheme with an equally savory cast of characters.
Israeli AR/VR Market Map
Part of the reason CB Insights has the best data in the business is the data network effect that we've established.
We now get a lot of our data submitted to us.
One example is a recent partnership with The Government of Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast.
Combining their data with what we already have, we put together this market map of Israel-based augmented reality and virtual reality startups.
Lots of names you haven't heard before.
We've only released it on our Facebook page, and you can see it here.
We're releasing more research and market maps exclusively on Facebook, so be sure to like the CBI Facebook page.
Special thanks to Ethan Goldspiel of The Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast for helping make this happen.
Raise the roof
As football season (of the American variety) approaches, please note that this image makes it official that "dabbing" is over.
Race to the finish line
We analyzed exits in fitness tech since 2013. The fitness industry has seen diverse acquirers including private equity firms, gyms, sports retailers, apparel brands, individuals and more.
Feeding the future
We highlighted startups working on indoor farming technologies in our recent Feeding the Future report. These startups — including BrightFarms featured below — are using AI, IoT, and other new tools along with hydroponic and aeroponic growing methods.
For a full list of the companies included in our report, check out the Feeding the Future Collection on the CB Insights platform.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
South China Morning Post. A look at the tech opportunity present in China — despite strict internet regulations — with a reference to CB Insights valuation data.
CNBC. Uptin Saiidi (@uptin) writes about the growth of coworking spaces and cites CB Insights valuation data.
Supply Chain Dive. Jennifer McKevitt (@mckvt) reports on investment in the meal delivery and grocery delivery space and refers to CB Insights data on the subject.
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P.S. This Thursday, we're digging into tech investing in Southeast Asia. Be there.