AVs change everything. Startups protect your data. No one's name is Heather.

Stop it, you MONSTERS!


It has come to our attention that people are printing up slides from our free webinars and dropping them on the streets of San Francisco.

Don’t be an animal: Please properly recycle our free research if you print it. San Francisco has enough problems as it is. 

A printed slide from our November 28, 2017 travel tech webinar spotted in the San Francisco wild, 
h/t @hunterwalk

BTW this must have been done by a Gen Xer — from what I know of millennials, they think printers are a punchline in a joke about “olds” like me.


With 300M+ active customers, 100M Prime members, and 5M sellers on the site, Amazon's scale and reach are larger than ever before. This is one of the company's biggest advantages as it re-enters the healthcare space.

We examine how Amazon could leverage its customer and seller base to develop and test new health solutions.  

Take the wheel

Autonomous vehicles will almost certainly be part of daily life in the US within the next 20 years. Over two dozen major corporates like Google, Apple, and Mercedes Benz are already building their own AVs.

But auto and tech companies aren't the only industries likely to be shaken up by the rise of driverless cars. From hotels to insurance to fast food, we take a look at 33 industries that autonomous tech could transform.

 Lock it down

Roughly 6B confidential digital records have been stolen worldwide since January 2017. Enterprise data security is in desperate need of an upgrade.

From quantum encryption to blockchain data management, we mapped out 30+ startups that are rising to the challenge. Clients can see them all here.

What's "in" in insurance

Q2'18 saw 71 insurtech deals with a total value of $579M. Deal count increased by 8% from Q1 while total funding slid 20%.

For more insurance insights, check out CB Insights' and Willis Towers Watson's latest 56-page report.

Is this you?

CB Insights' Fintech 250 recognizes the top 250 private companies changing the face of financial services around the world.

If this sounds like your company, apply for the 2018 list today. Applications will be accepted until September 25.

 Beep beep, beep beep, yeah

As autonomous driving technology advances, cars are relying on an increasing number of sensors.

These sensors are limited to the vehicle's own line of sight, which makes it difficult to detect and predict the actions of other vehicles.

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology could change that. We dig into the major in-vehicle components that form V2X systems. Clients can check it out here.

How’d you do that?

At a great conference, the hallway conversations are where you get the focused, highly-customized advice you seek.

That’s why the TRANSFORM audience is being kept to only 300 attendees, all of whom are execs from growth-focused companies with $1B+ in revenue.

You’ll meet peers from a breadth of industries who have solved intractable challenges just like yours. Space is filling up quickly with fewer than 200 seats remaining. RSVP today.

Have a great rest of the week.


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This week in data:

  • 6: It was a big week for new unicorns, as 6 new private companies reached $1B+ valuations. Among them are food delivery platform Postmates and open software development platform GitLab. Check out the rest of the new entrants on our unicorn list.
  • 23: The 70th annual Emmy Awards took place this week in LA, with winners ranging from RuPaul’s Drag Race to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. While Game of Thrones network HBO has been the longtime champion of the awards, this year it tied with online streaming platform Netflix, with 23 awards apiece. We’ve previously talked about the growth of Netflix — and its effective “hagfish strategy” — in our weekly client note. Clients can check it out here.
  • 3,000: Amazon reportedly has plans to open up to 3,000 new cashierless Amazon Go grocery stores by 2021. So far, there are 3 existing locations: Amazon’s premiere store in Seattle opened in January 2018, and it has since opened a second store in Seattle and a third in Chicago. We discuss Amazon’s foray into brick-and-mortar in our Amazon Strategy Teardown. Check it out here.

  • $21.7B: Earlier this week, Canadian marijuana producer Tilray received approval to import medical cannabis into the US for clinical trials — and the market went wild. Shares were up more than 90% at one point on Wednesday, and then dived into the red before recovering. Yesterday morning, Tilray reached $21.7B in market value, more than American Airlines, Clorox, or CBS. This seems to be part of a bigger trend for marijuana companies: Aurora Cannabis stock also dramatically rallied this week, following reports that it was in talks with Coca-Cola to develop weed-infused beverages. We mapped out 100+ companies building up the legal cannabis industry. Clients can see them here.

  • 2.7% + 5¢: San Francisco-based payments company Stripe wants to take things offline. The company is introducing a new service for in-person payments through its new Stripe Terminal product. Beginning with in-person payments for digital-first brands like Warby Parker and Glossier, Stripe’s new service will start at a 2.7% fee plus 5 cents per transaction. Want a further look into the future of payments? Download our Payments Earnings Transcripts Analysis to see what payments giant execs like AmEx, Mastercard, and Visa are saying about the space. Read more.

  • 2:01:39: Kenyan long distance runner and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon world record on Sunday, when he finished the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:01:39. The win shaved a full minute and 17 seconds off of Dennis Kimetto’s previous marathon record — the largest improvement in the record since 1967.
  • 1,129th: Quartz’s most recent analysis of US baby name data found that no name in history became so popular and then fell out of favor so dramatically as “Heather.” At its 1975 peak, Heather was the 3rd most popular girl’s name in the US, given to 24,000 baby girls. By 2017, it was only given to 219 babies, becoming the 1,129th most popular name.
One more thing...

The Ostrichpillow Hood, one of the latest products from Madrid-based company Kawamura-Ganjavia, is designed to let its wearers find a little escape from their daily lives.

It's made of cotton, polyester, and spandex. It can be worn over the face for some peace and quiet, like a hood for warmth, or draped over the neck for "those relaxing moments of pure and simple freestyle."

This design is a new, sleeker iteration of the original Ostrichpillow, which became a hit through its Kickstarter campaign.
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