Amazon deep-dive. Walmart getting into farming? Patents on patents.

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I've written about him before, but if you've not heard of Chuck Feeney, check out the article in The Blurb. He's given away his entire $8B fortune while still alive and done most of it anonymously. 


Acquisitve AF

Amazon, usually a conservative M&A player, is going through an acquisitive phase. It set a record with 10 deals in 2017, including its $13.7B acquisition of Whole Foods. This year, it's already snagged Ring for $1.8B.

Our new Amazon Strategy Teardown dives deep into the company's acquisitions, investments, patents, and more. Check it out here.

All right, let's settle this

Is intrapreneurship really a thing? Tell us here.

And on that farm, he had some drones

Earlier this week, we highlighted how Walmart patents can help you see its product strategy.

Now, Walmart is applying for 6 patents focused on farm automation. The patents propose using drones for pest identification, monitoring crop damage, pollination, and more. 

For more detail on what's in the filings and why it matters, check out our new analysis.

Future unicorn

In startup land, this is what folks call "product-market fit."

Loads of lending

At Future of Fintech (June 19-21), we’ll feature fireside chats with some of the best-known names rethinking consumer lending, business loans, and installment plans, including:

  • Max Levchin, Co-founder of PayPal and Affirm ($1.79B valuation)
  • Harit Talwar, Head of Marcus by Goldman Sachs (over $2B in loan originations since 2016)
  • Kathryn Petralia, Co-founder, Kabbage ($1B valuation)

That’s only a small taste of our best speaker line-up yet. Get your tickets!

Save $500 off your ticket using discount code altlending. Groups rates also available.

Floating the idea

In a patent from this year, Amazon explores the idea of drones providing energy to autonomous vehicles in motion.

For more on the company's latest patents, read our Amazon teardown.

The Industry Standard

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

Bloomberg. Yoolim Lee (@yoolimleenews) and Eric Newcomer (@ericnewcomer) report that Grab, the dominant ride-hailing company in Southeast Asia, is close to finalizing a deal with Uber and references CB Insights unicorn data.
Fast Company. Cale Guthrie Weissman (@caleweissman) writes about how Amazon could beat Facebook and Google to become the new digital ad leader and cites CB Insights research.
BuiltInNYC. Liz Warren (@lizmwarren) profiles 9 female engineers, including CB Insights senior software engineer Connie Liu.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Give it away now. Living billionaire Chuck Feeney gave away his $8B fortune.
Irish Times

Bad apple. Apple is finding some of its suppliers guilty of serious violations of its labor and environmental policies 
— like falsifying work hours — as its audit expands.
Can stop, will stop. 5.3 million women in Spain are marking International Women’s Day with a 24-hour strike targeting gender inequality and sexual discrimination.
Grand design. Design leaders at Uber, Microsoft, IBM, and more share their priorities for this year and discuss how the role of design has evolved at their companies.
FastCo Design
Matters of conscience. Investors looking to effectively put their money where their morals are should consider these 7 things.
New York Times
Proceed. 23andMe has received a green light from the FDA to launch a D2C testing kit for genes linked to various forms of cancer.
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