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Dramatic VC exits. Blockchain's insurance potential. FAMGA talk the talk.
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Here are this week's top briefs.

From Alibaba to Zynga: 28 Of The Best VC Bets Of All Time And What We Can Learn From Them
These venture bets on startups that "returned the fund" were the result of research, strong convictions, and patient follow-through. Here are the stories behind the biggest VC home runs of all time.



How Blockchain Could Disrupt Insurance
Insurance giants and startups alike are attempting to use blockchain solutions to prevent insurance fraud, digitally track medical records, and more.




FAMGA Earnings Call Analysis

An algorithmic analysis of 40 quarters (2008 – 2017) of Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon earnings call transcripts.



China’s Surveillance State: AI Startups, Tech Giants Are At The Center Of The Government’s Plans
In part 1 of our China in AI series, we dig into patents, earnings transcripts, startup data, and government documents to detail the growth of surveillance tech in China.



Google’s Strategy In Healthcare
With more health data than ever being created, Google is using its AI expertise to attack the healthcare industry. The company is partnering and competing with existing players, betting that the future of healthcare is going to be AI-differentiated.



WeWork’s $20 Billion Dream: The Lavishly Funded Startup That Could Disrupt Commercial Real Estate
With over $4B in funding, WeWork is expanding aggressively at home and abroad and pursuing diverse investments that have raised eyebrows. But its real-estate-as-a-service offering and trove of data on optimal office design could make the company's value prop far more than a marketing ploy.



Millennials Are Driving One Of The Biggest Trends In Wealth Tech
Millennial investors stand to inherit $30T of potential assets from baby boomers. To attract and retain this next-generation of investors, advisors need to offer sustainability, clean energy, and social impact investing strategies.



Here’s A List Of 40 Bankruptcies In The Retail Apocalypse And Why They Failed
A list of major retail bankruptcies from 2015 to today.



The Challenger Bank Playbook: How 6 Digital Banking Startups Are Taking On Retail Banking
Challenger banks. What are they? Who's who? And why have these startups raised hundreds of millions in venture capital to take on bank incumbents? We break down how these startups are reaching, converting, and engaging millions of customers.




13 Trends Shaping the Face of Beauty in 2018
2017 was a banner year for beauty tech. From major beauty brands investing in augmented reality to an industry-wide push towards customized beauty products and experiences, technology-backed cosmetics brands will transform the sector in 2018.




Have a great weekend.

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Anand
@asanwal

P.S. If you missed the Blockchain and Identity webinar last week, you can get the slides and recording here.
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