E-commerce's growing threat. Apple's new app. AI in 2019.

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Coming up NExTT

What does the future hold for AI? From deep learning to neural networks, we take a look at the necessary, experimental, threatening, and transitory trends that are shaping the space. 

See all 25 trends here.

You’re not wrong

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 Is this even real?

As consumers shop more online, e-commerce merchants are facing the growing challenge of synthetic identity fraud. Outstanding balances of suspected synthetic identity fraud surpassed $1B last year.

We take a look at how startups are helping merchants and banks correctly flag and combat fraud. Expert Intelligence clients can read about it here.

How do you like them apples?

Apple is teaming up with Aetna to create an iPhone and Apple Watch app that lets users earn rewards for healthy behaviors like exercising regularly and getting more sleep.

The companies have been working on the app since 2016, and it will reportedly be available this spring.

Want to know what else Apple is up to in healthcare? We dig into that here.

10 unicorns

There are currently 10 unicorn CEO/Co-founders speaking at Future of Fintech (June 11-13).

Prices go up in two days. Why people wait just to spend more is something I will never understand.

Hear from these speakers and more:

  1. CEO/Co-founder of Klarna ($2.5B valuation)
  2. CEO/Co-founder of OakNorth ($2.3B valuation)
  3. CEO/Co-founder of Toss ($1.2B valuation)
  4. CEO/Co-founder of Brex ($1.1B valuation)
  5. CEO/Founder of Affirm ($2B valuation)
  6. Co-founder of Palantir ($20B valuation)
  7. CEO/Co-founder of Oscar Health ($3.2B valuation)
  8. CEO/Co-founder of Circle ($3B valuation)
  9. CEO/Co-founder of Plaid ($2.7B valuation)
  10. CEO/Founder of Credit Karma ($3.5B valuation)

I never forget a face

From unlocking phones to boarding flights, facial recognition technology is going mainstream. China's AI ambitions have stolen the media limelight, but interest in the tech is surging even in the US.

This is one of the Necessary trends we highlight in our AI Trends In 2019 report. You can download it here.

 A gut feeling

New studies are finding links between the microbiome and the brain. Turns out the germs in your gut could play a role in the development of dementia, autism, and other disorders. 

Startups are investigating the microbiome to improve areas ranging from therapeutics to agriculture to nutrition. We've mapped out 40+ of these companies. Expert Intelligence clients can see them all here.

The Industry Standard

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

CNBC. Ryan Browne (@ryan_browne_) and Kate Rooney (@kr00ney) report that payments startup Stripe is now valued at $22.5B and cite CB Insights data.

TechRepublic. Macy Mayern discusses company culture at 20 tech unicorn companies and cites CB Insights data.

Food Dive. Lillianna Byington (@lil_byington) writes about how grant-winning companies are predicting the future of the food industry and references CB Insights research.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Warning, warning, warning. Owners of pet hedgehogs are being warned not to get too affectionate with the animals due to risk of salmonella.
The Guardian

Listen to your gut. The microbiome could influence behavior, and even play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
New York Times

The youths. A 14-year-old Fortnite player discovered the bug in Apple’s Group FaceTime feature.

Treating White Coat Syndrome. A new clinic in New York City is using biophilia, a design approach that employs natural elements to improve well-being, to calm patients’ nerves.
Fast Company

Clean it up. A young Dutch entrepreneur has an unconventional plan to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The New Yorker

It’s a little chilly. Parts of the upper midwest United States and Canada are currently colder than Mars.
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