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Round 2 ends Monday. Defining blockchain. Best VC bets.
Hi there,

Friendly reminder to vote in our latest bracket which asks:

If you had to invest in a company and hold for 10 years, which company would you invest in?

So in round 2, we have some interesting matchups:
  • Amazon vs WeWork 
  • Facebook vs Airbnb
  • Uber vs Didi Chuxing
Polls close Monday, November 27th, so make sure to cast your vote before then.




And now, here are this week's top briefs.

What Is Blockchain Technology?
Few people understand what it is, but Wall Street banks, IT organizations, and consultants are buzzing about blockchain technology. It's hard to remove blockchain from Bitcoin, so we'll start with Bitcoin as we work to understand this technology's potential.


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From Alibaba to Zynga: 21 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.




A New, Low-Cost Space Tech Is Set To Disrupt Everything From Commodities Trading To Telecommunications
Hundreds of tiny, inexpensive satellites are being sent into orbit every year. Here’s how they’ll change our relationship with the world around us.




The CB Insights Startup Gift Guide 2017
The year's coolest tech gadgets, toys, subscriptions, and services from top-ranked startups in the CB Insights database.




Winners And Losers In The Patent Wars Between Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft
Google leads the pack in applying for AI patents, and Microsoft is the most prolific in filing for patents, but the race is on in AR/VR, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, and more.



Game Changing Startups 2018
The year’s emerging trends to watch and high-momentum startups with world-changing potential.




Our Meatless Future: How The $90B Global Meat Market Gets Disrupted
Will a meatless food industry featuring lab-grown meat, seafood substitutes, and insect protein be the future of food? Food giants from Tyson to Cargill are working to navigate a future where protein isn't dominated by traditional animal sources. 




The United States Of Fintech: The Most Well-Funded Fintech Startup In Each State
We mapped the most well-funded fintech startup in each US state. California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina's most well-funded fintech startups are all valued above $1B.




121 Of The Biggest, Costliest Startup Failures Of All Time
From financial fraud to just running out money, we scanned our database to identify 121 of the most expensive startup flameouts in history.




Regtech 101: What It Is, Why Now, & Why It Matters
Regtech startups are saving firms billions in regulatory fines and displacing manual risk and compliance with cutting-edge technology.


 

Have a great weekend.

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Anand
@asanwal

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