Blockchain and insurance. Alibaba in Southeast Asia. YouTube gets all Google's attention.

Funny how? Like a clown?

Hi there,

Yesterday's newsletter had a subtle joke that my teammate Nick and I thought was awesome, but only 3 of you got.

Or perhaps most of you didn't think it was funny?

Anyways, just wanted to let you know that it didn't bother me.

If we took this poll today

Facebook didn't fare well in this survey from January 2018.

In < 2 months, things have gone from bad to worse.

Blockchain vs. risk

The global insurance industry needs an update. Many new policies are still bought over the phone. Claims and payments are often processed on paper, making them prone to errors. 

Enter blockchain.

It still has to jump some regulatory hurdles to become a standard in the industry, but insurance companies and startups are exploring how it might be applied.

From fraud detection and risk prevention to health insurance, our new deep dive looks into how blockchain could disrupt insurance.

Deck captain? Chief of decks? 

I'm starting to look for a role that I'm not sure exists.

I'm calling it a "chief of decks." It's basically someone who is great at creating keynote-style presentations that are entertaining and have phenomenal narratives. 

Does this type of person exist? 

What is the typical title?


Here, have some more

Alibaba Group announced this week that it's investing another $2B in Singapore-based e-commerce site Lazada, 2 years after acquiring a controlling stake in the company.

Alibaba says that this is part of its efforts to "accelerate the region's e-commerce development." We look into how Alibaba is competing with Amazon in Southeast Asia here.

We were just talking about you(tube)

Since Google acquired YouTube in 2006, it's become a primary revenue driver — and testing ground for new ad strategies.

YouTube has also become a hot topic of conversation, getting more mentions by Google on earnings calls than Google Search, Android, or any of Google's newer initiatives. Check out our full analysis here.

Save your seat

Global insurance technology startups raised $2.2B+ in 2017. The property & casualty industry faces big opportunities and big challenges as more startups enter the market — from the rise of cyber risks to shifts in mobility to SoftBank's potential as a global disruptor.

We'll be discussing all of this and more in tomorrow's Trends In P&C Insurance Tech webinar. There's still time to register here.

The Industry Standard

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

Healthcare Dive. Meg Bryant writes about how healthcare is becoming more data-centric and references CB Insights research.
CNBC. Ari Levy (@levynews) reports that Sequoia is raising around $12B for funds focused on global opportunities and startups and quotes CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal (@asanwal).
Supermarket News. Mark Hamstra (@markhamstra) writes about Albertsons’ plans to expand its online grocery offerings and refers to CB Insights’ 2018 Food Trends Report.


I love you.


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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Moving on up. Amazon has surpassed Alphabet to become the second most valuable publicly listed US company.
What’s wrong with being confident? A new Stanford University study finds that allowing radiologists to use virtual reality imaging can improve their confidence going into procedures.
Big news. Google is committing $300M over the next three years toward meeting the goals of its new Google News Initiative, an “effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age.”
The Keyword
Next in line? The number of women COOs is on the rise – are they positioned to be the next CEOs, or are they being pigeon-holed as silent sidekicks?
Not going. More and more startup founders in the Midwest are staying in the Midwest, begging the question of whether the tech industry really needs Silicon Valley.
California Sunday Magazine
Denied. In a letter to the ACLU, the TSA says that its airport security agents do not review the data held on the electronic devices carried by passengers on domestic flights.
Los Angeles Times
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