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Startup failure. Square strategy teardown. India's IT giants.
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Here are this week's top briefs.


Here’s Every Area Where Facebook Is Hiring As It Seeks To Future-Proof Itself
Facebook is doubling down on product innovation hires as it bulks up for a future in which VR and AR play a large role in social experiences. With government scrutiny increasing, policy and legal hires are also being prioritized.




With Blue Apron In Free Fall, This Newly Public Company Aims To Beat The Harsh Economics Of Meal-Kits
Newly-public rival HelloFresh faces many of the same obstacles as Blue Apron, but has recently seen positive sales growth in the US.




Square Strategy Teardown: From IPO Downround To $13B Fintech Bank Of The Future Contender
Since its IPO, Square has grown its market cap by over $10B, using data from its core payments business to expand into loans, payroll, and more. As Square awaits the fate of its bank charter application, we analyze how its hiring, investments, M&A, and product development are informing its strategy ahead.




Tech Funding Trends In France Q3 2017
A comprehensive, data-driven look at emerging trends, investments, and active investors in France.




Oscar Strategy Teardown: How the Health Insurer Is Beginning To Hedge Against Obamacare
Oscar has tried to disrupt health insurance with a focus on customer experience and technology, but success has been mixed. As the company changes tack, what does the future of a next-gen US health insurer look like?





242 Startup Failure Post-Mortems
It's hard to say goodbye. A compilation of startup failure post-mortems by founders and investors.





Man’s Best (Robot) Friend: Robotic Pets Help Elders Reduce Pill Dependency And Lower Stress
Lifelike robotic pets can provide comfort and companionship in elder care.





India’s IT Giants Are Investing And Acquiring To Catch Up With Trends In Cloud, AI, And Automation
As the world moves to automation and cloud management of IT tasks, the top IT firms that have helped define India's current tech ecosystem are at risk of losing their edge. Here's how they're investing in and acquiring startups to keep up.





The Global Fintech Report Q3 2017
A comprehensive, data-driven look at global financial technology investment trends, top deals, active investors, and corporate activity.





Mapped: Top Travel Tech Startups Around The Globe
While China takes just 8% of global travel tech deal share, the country accounts for over a quarter of funding to the travel tech industry since 2013.



 

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