Blockchain and insurance. Noteworthy retail trends. Smart cities explained.
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Here are this week's top briefs.

Venture Capital Funding Report 2018
PwC and CB Insights' Q4 2018 MoneyTree report highlights the latest trends in venture capital funding globally.

Apple Is Going After The Healthcare Industry, Starting With Personal Health Data
The market opportunity in healthcare is huge, and Apple sees healthcare and wellness as a core part of its app, services, and wearables strategies. Now the company is aiming to become your personal health record, jumping into research, medical devices, and more.

How Blockchain Could Disrupt Insurance
Insurance giants and startups alike are attempting to use blockchain technology to prevent insurance fraud, digitally track medical records, and more.

What Are Smart Cities?
Technology is powering the rise of smart cities, transforming everything from traffic management to waste collection. We dig into the digital revolution giving rise to cities that are more connected, sustainable, and efficient — and what the future of urbanization might look like.

From Alibaba to Zynga: 40 Of The Best VC Bets Of All Time And What We Can Learn From Them
These venture bets on startups that "returned the fund," making firms and careers, were the result of research, strong convictions, and patient follow-through. Here are the stories behind the biggest VC home runs of all time.

 The Future Of Payments: How Payroll Could Get Faster And Simpler
In the future, more employees might deposit their paychecks directly into digital wallets, bypassing traditional bank accounts altogether.

32 Corporate Innovation Labs In Retail
Some of the biggest names in retail —  from Walmart to Nike — are embracing innovation and forming new labs to seek out new opportunities to connect with consumers in a digital-dominated landscape.

 Making Waves: 50+ Startups Working On Improving Water Infrastructure, Management, And Efficiency
Startups are looking to enhance the ways water is sourced, used, and distributed, among other things.

Retail Trends In 2019
An analysis of emerging retail trends using the CB Insights NExTT framework.

 The Cannabis Industry Has Reached An All-Time Funding High. Here’s What It Accomplished In 2018.
The cannabis industry has seen unprecedented growth in 2018, indicated by both record-high funding and regulatory milestones. Here, we highlight the latest developments in this market.


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