Food trends report. US banks and fintech. Uber and scale.

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Fresh out of the oven

The food industry experienced some shake-ups in 2017, like startup Chobani replacing General Mills' Yoplait as the top-selling US yogurt brand and Amazon acquiring Whole Foods.

What does that mean for 2018? From CPG brands circumventing retailers to major meat producers embracing alternative proteins, we identified this year's most important food trends.

All about that unicorn life

Spotted a company on CB Insights (for clients) that raised $30M for 3% of the company.

Yes — companies still do all sorts of contortions to get that $1B valuation and the unicorn label.

Times have not changed.

If you're a client and want to know who the company is, just log in to your CBI account and go here.

An American in fintech

The top 10 US banks have participated in 81 deals to fintech startups since 2012, adding up to almost $4.1B in disclosed funding.

We mapped out where these banks are investing across categories including blockchain, insurance, lending, and more.

8.9M lives per year

That's the # of deaths due to cancer per year.

Here's how they break down by type.

Uber: does scale still matter?

Daniel Graf, VP of Product at Uber, has seen what scaling a company looks like. He was a veteran of Twitter and Google before his current role at Uber.

At A-ha! he chatted with Bloomberg News' Brad Stone (who chronicled Uber’s growth in his book The Upstarts) about lessons learned from a challenging 2017, whether there’s still innovation to pack into the app, and whether scale still matters.

See Daniel’s answers here. See the full session here.

The Industry Standard

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

Business Insider. Harrison Jacobs (@harrisonxjacobs) highlights CB Insights' peer awards program and references our team blog post.

Markets Insider. The article reports on the results of Fenwick's Q4'17 Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey and cites PwC and CB Insights' MoneyTree Report.

Bio-IT World. Richard Shute writes about blockchain technology’s potential to stop scientific data doctoring and refers to CB Insights’ blockchain research.

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P.S. Tomorrow we're diving into tech trends to watch in 2018. Save your spot at the briefing here.

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