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The Middle East has been making a big push on technology investing and innovation as it tries to reduce its dependency on oil.
One thing it looks like it'll have to work on in the near term is the exorbitant cost of high speed internet as you can see in the below comparison of internet speed vs cost.
More here from CB Insights on investment trends in the Middle East & North Africa.
We updated our timeline of the most active corporates acquiring AI startups. Google and Apple still lead but Chinese internet giant Baidu has been notably aggressive in its AI acquisitions in 2017, with 3 M&A deals so far this year.
Barbie gets the top job (sorta)
Some highlights from the article as seen on Clickhole (see The Blurb for link):
"Female Interim CEO Barbie is the embodiment of class and confidence, ready to take on the most powerful role at the company while they search for new leadership. She’s the smart, savvy businesswoman that shareholders deserve to have at the helm until the board names the permanent CEO."
"Now, girls can use playtime to learn that they can go from senior VP to CEO and back again."
We put together an insurance tech report in collaboration with Willis Towers Watson Securities and Willis Re, highlighting a number of topics including financing trends and how technology can revolutionize claims management and risk management.
Wanted: dog walker
Must have: MBA
Because we've run out of problems in NYC, our esteemed politicians are now focused on cracking down on the scourge of renegade dog walkers and dog sitters.
Gotta love inane licensure requirements.
Follow the stars
Space tech deals ticked up for the second consecutive quarter, though funding is so far on track for a slowdown in 2017. Space tech companies are involved in the construction and launch of satellites or rocketry into outer space, as well as with using and selling data from outer space.
Early-stage companies are entering the construction space developing everything from construction-related marketplaces to predictive analytics for monitoring on-site risks and hazards. IrisVR, pictured below, offers a suite of virtual reality tools to construct 3D models in VR.
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Australian Financial Review. A look at Jawbone's demise with a reference to CB Insights research on costliest startup failure.
Denver Business Journal. A look at 22 celebrity startup investors with a mention of CB Insights data on the subject.
VentureBeat. A report on opportunities in drone-related software with a reference to CB Insights research on financing trends in the space.
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