All the AI research. Flying robotaxis. Highlights from 2018.

What a time to be alive

Hi there,

Happy New Year, folks.  

This is one of the final headlines I read in 2018. We live in wonderful times.

New year, new moves

From autonomous vehicles to flying robotaxis to mobility-as-a-service, the way we get around is changing.

We take a look at the 21 biggest trends in auto & mobility that you should watch for this year.

So hangry

The US throws away 160B pounds of food every year. Around 33B pounds of that is from restaurants and grocery stores. Meanwhile, 1.2M people go without a meal every day in NYC alone.

So Robert Lee created Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to try to close the gap.

The nonprofit organization collects unused food from restaurants and delivers it to city shelters, soup kitchens, and social service agencies. It collected over 792,000 pounds of food in 2017.

Politico has the full story on how the organization is benefitting both hungry New Yorkers and local businesses. Check it out in The Blurb below.

All AI everything

CB Insights produces AI research across healthcare, retail, fintech, and much more.

Now we've compiled it all in one place to help you access our most relevant reports and briefs. Check it out here.

Senior roles

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 Better, faster, stronger

Big-name retailers from Alibaba to Walmart are betting on warehouse automation technology to lower costs and increase efficiency.

We take a closer look at how these companies are investing in automation. Expert Intelligence clients can read it here.


Last year was the biggest year yet for the CBI team. From product to activities to company growth, we revisit the highlights from 2018.

Interested in joining the team? You're in luck — we're hiring for several positions. See them all here.

You have so much potential

Light detection and ranging (lidar) technology produces extremely accurate 3D visuals of a car's surroundings — crucial for autonomous driving. 

The technology used to be considered too costly, but it's gaining more and more attention as improvements are driving costs down and increasing reliability. 

Lidar is one of the Threatening trends we discuss in our Auto & Mobility Trends In 2019 report. Download it here.

That floating feeling

In 1991, 1 out of every 5 mattresses sold was a water bed. But only a few years later, they lost their appeal as fans of the original product aged and mattress companies started using memory foam to get that floating feeling.

Now Charles Hall, the creator of the original product, wants to revamp the water bed in the time of Casper.

 Fintech for seniors

The number of people age 65+ in the US is set to hit 64M by 2025, and nearly 100M by 2060, according to the Population Reference Bureau.

We mapped out 20+ fintech startups that are emerging to meet the financial needs of this growing population. 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.

Bloomberg. Lauren Leatherby (@laurenleatherby) predicts what Americans will agree and disagree on in the new year and references CB Insights data.

Wall Street Journal. Julie Steinberg (@jbsteins) reports that stock sales have dropped for Chinese tech startups and cites CB Insights data.

Quartz. Alison Griswold (@alisongriswold) writes about why billion-dollar companies are called “unicorns” and refers to CB Insights research.

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P.S. On January 10, we'll be discussing luxury trends to watch in 2019. Register for the briefing here.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Waste not, want not. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a nonprofit, intercepts food that would go to waste from restaurants and donates it to local shelters.

You get what you pay for. Vishal Kataria (@vishipedia) breaks down why low price is a terrible unique selling point.

Float on. The inventor of the water bed wants to reinvent the product for the age of Casper.
New York Times

How about that resolution? The average American is edging closer and closer to obesity, according to the CDC.

Spectacular, spectacular. CES is fast approaching — here are the trends to look for.

So original. Netflix released around 90,000 minutes of original content in 2018.
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