Spot the fake. Crypto debit cards. Billion-dollar market map.

It's going down

Hi there,

Future of Fintech — aka the Coachella of Fintech — is in full swing, so let's get right to it.

A billi, a billi

There are currently 361 private companies around the world valued at $1B+. Collectively they're worth over $1.1T, and they've raised a combined total of ~$275B in funding.

From cybersecurity to fintech to consumer & retail, we mapped out all 361 companies. See them all here.


A deepfake video of Mark Zuckerberg is making the rounds on Instagram, and Facebook says it will not be removed from the platform.

The tech giant will reportedly use videos like this to train its software to automatically detect and remove misinformation.

Need a refresher on what deepfakes are and how they work? We dig into that in our report on the future of information warfare.

Here's my card

The Coinbase Card has expanded to 6 more countries in Europe: Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands. 

The crypto debit card allows users to spend bitcoin, ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies at any merchant that accepts Visa.

We take a deep dive into Coinbase's overall strategy here.

 Part and parcels

Earlier this year, we looked at the top 20 food & beverage trends to watch. E-commerce optimized packaging ranked as one of the most threatening.

We take a look at how startups and industry leaders are capitalizing on the trend. Clients can download the report here.

Sud life

Brewers sold 0.3% less beer in US stores last year than they sold in 2017. The dip is likely caused by challengers like hard seltzer and non-alcoholic drink options.

Now startups are tapping into the game, bringing new technologies. From self-pouring beer machines to connected kegs to at-home brewing devices, we take a look at 65+ companies transforming the beer industry.

 Testing, testing, 1, 23andMe

23andMe offers FDA-approved reports that help users understand their risks of inherited diseases in addition to their ancestry breakdowns.

We take a closer look at 23andMe's business model, funding activity, customer acquisition strategy, and more. Clients can read about it here.

The Industry Standard

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

Bloomberg. Giles Turner (@turnergs) and Thomas Penny (@thomaswpenny) report that UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond isn’t concerned about tech companies leaving the country when Brexit is complete, and refer to CB Insights research.

CNBC. Elizabeth Schulze (@eschulze9) writes about Coinbase expanding its cryptocurrency debit card in Europe and cites CB Insights data.

Digiday. Hilary Milnes (@hilarymilnes) highlights investors that are fueling “the startup brand boom” and references CB Insights research.

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The Blurb

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