Can AI smize?
Uber’s stock has been down 2 of the 3 days it has been public.
So, what does this mean?
- It’s the end of Silicon Valley
- Tech funding landscape is forever changed
- This is the popping of the tech bubble
Run! Run! Run!
Let’s take a minute to reflect on this.
- Uber was founded in 2009
- In ~10 years, it has become a company that is worth $65B+
What does Uber’s performance really mean?
This means there are lots of buffoons out there who will say dumb isht to get quoted by the media.
For some actually thoughtful research and facts about Uber, here’s some stuff you should read:
Strong. Invincible. Woman.
This week is National Women's Health Week. Celebrate by reading about how technology is transforming the women's healthcare space, from pregnancy care to pelvic health to fertility tracking.
Disrupt the runway
What’s the latest job in danger of being replaced by AI?
Yup. Researchers from Japan have created an algorithm that generates entire bodies — and outfits — for people who don’t exist.
The tech will reportedly be licensed out to clothing companies and ad agencies looking to hire models without actually...hiring models.
Talk about unrealistic beauty standards.
Bet on it
Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon (FAMGA) have made 124 equity investments into AI startups and 50+ acquisitions.
We break down where the tech giants are placing their bets. Clients can read about it here.
I have no idea what that means
Quantum computers can process massive, complex datasets more efficiently than traditional computers. The technology could transform numerous industries, from telecommunications to cybersecurity to finance.
But how does it work?
We break down what quantum computing is, its potential applications, and more. Check it out here.
It’s on like Donkey Kong
We're less than a month away from our Future of Insurance conference in NYC on June 11.
We'll be releasing new research at the event and also hear from a great lineup of speakers including:
- Assurant (ticker: AIZ) CEO and President Alan Colberg
- Fair.com co-founder and COO Craig Nehamen
- Former XL Group CEO Mike McGavick
- Former NYDFS Superintendent Maria Vullo
Get $500 off tickets with the discount code lastchance.
A clean, close shave
Last week, Edgewell Personal Care acquired razor delivery company Harry's for $1.37B. The goal of the deal is to create "a next-generation consumer products platform."
We take a closer look at the acquisition to understand leading CPG companies' rising interest in D2C, other companies that may be M&A targets, and more. Clients can read about it here.
Last week, prior to the Uber IPO, there was a part of tech Twitter arguing about Travis Kalanick not being on the podium to ring the bell.
This whole debate among people with mostly no real tie to Uber reminded me of Sayre’s law:
In any dispute, the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Axios. Erica Pandey (@erica_pandey) writes about recent deals in the men’s shaving space and quotes CB Insights’ Director of CPG Research Robin Sherk (@robins_kr).
Marketplace. Kimberly Adams (@ka_marketplace) discusses investor skepticism about the ride-hailing business and references CB Insights research.
Sixth Tone. Yau Shun Chow reports on the state of the meatless industry in China and refers to CB Insights research.
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