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Unicorns in da house

Hi there,

The first 7 speakers for Future of Fintech are now up on the site.

And they're all CEOs/co-founders of unicorns.

Here's who we have:

  1. CEO/co-founder ($2.3B valuation) of a UK digital bank that reported an annual profit of £10.6M in its second year of operations

  2. Co-founder ($20B valuation) of a rumored 2019 IPO candidate

  3. CEO/co-founder ($1.1B valuation) of a startup building a modern corporate card

  4. CEO/co-founder ($3B valuation) of an open access crypto co trading $2B a month

  5. CEO/co-founder ($3.2B valuation) of an insurtech co with plans to enter 6 new markets this year

  6. CEO/co-founder ($1.2B valuation) of a payments co with 10M users and the first Korean fintech unicorn

  7. CEO/co-founder ($2.65B valuation) of a startup whose API helps link US bank accounts to fintech apps such as Robinhood, Coinbase, Venmo, and others

We've extended our early-bird rates until January 31. Get them now and save $500.

A ton of other great speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out the 7 fintech unicorn CEOs and co-founders here.

See you there. BTW, the venue is amazing, as you can see below. #nofilter :)

My country, 'tis of thee

The tech boom is no longer concentrated in California, New York, and Massachusetts — it has diffused across the whole United States.

We identify the most well-funded, VC-backed tech startup in each state. See them all here.

Data nerd challenge

One of the hardest data science/ML challenges we’ve dealt with (and are dealing with) at CB Insights is how to identify competitors algorithmically.

Competitive relationships often violate transitivity and symmetry.

If the phrase “violates transitivity” gets you excited and you're interested in why building an algorithm to identify competitors is so hard, we dig in here.

The year of the IPO?

Four tech companies could make 2019 a blockbuster year for IPOs if they go public at their rumored valuations. 

See who they are here.

For all things IPO, download our complete 2019 Tech IPO Pipeline Report.

 This could be big

Medicare Advantage currently accounts for 34% of the Medicare population, and it's expected to reach 60-70% between 2030 and 2040.

Healthcare companies are jumping on the opportunity. We examine the industry's incumbents, startups, and some of the challenges ahead. Expert Intelligence clients can read all about it here.

This tip will save you mucho dinero

When ordering pizza, remember math.

You are welcome.

Note: If you’re optimizing for lots of crust, this probably does not work.

I'm prescribing you blockchain

The healthcare world is highly regulated, which means data can often be siloed and underutilized. Maintaining provider data costs around $2.1B every year across the healthcare system.

But blockchain technology might be able to solve these issues and lower costs. From Pfizer to United Healthcare to Roche, we take a look at 10 healthcare and pharma giants working on blockchain solutions.

Practice awareness

Microsoft is adding another layer of complexity to search engine algorithms with its recently patented Awareness Engine.

The system described highlights relevant social media content in addition to web page content in search engine query results.

We take a closer look at how the Awareness Engine would work here.

 I want my money

Consumer and business preferences are shifting away from paper cash and checks, so public and private companies are updating payment methods for the 21st century.

Private payment tech companies have raised $30B+ since 2014. We look at where that money is being deployed and where the payment sector is headed. Clients can read about it here.


The Industry Standard

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

LA Times. Wendy Lee (@thewendylee) reports that investments in VR technology have significantly declined and quotes CB Insights senior intelligence analyst Nick Pappageorge (@npappag).

Outline. Patrick Mathurin writes about SoftBank’s decision to lower its investment in WeWork and quotes CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal (@asanwal).

Bloomberg. Sarah McBride (@mcbridesg) reports that VC funds in the US raised $55.5B from investors in 2018 and quotes CB Insights CEO Anand Sanwal (@asanwal).

I love you.


P.S. We used healthcare business relationships to highlight how Apple’s partnerships helped telegraph the company’s shift toward clinical wearable applications.

P.P.S. Interested in joining our team? We're hiring a Senior Healthcare Intelligence Analyst.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Take these broken wings. Bird’s electric scooters are taking cities by storm, but the laws around who takes the blame in an accident are still murky.

Time for some new ideas. Big CPG companies are rethinking their packaging following public backlash over their use of plastic.
Wall Street Journal

Step into the light. Controversial new research suggests that the current guidelines for sunscreen and limited sun exposure are causing more health problems.

Stop pretending. Robots might not need humanlike features to communicate effectively.
Fast Company

Apples to apples. Grocers are competing to offer the lowest costs on the shelves — and produce pickers in the Rio Grande Valley are paying the price.

Team effort. Uber users in London will pay an extra few cents per mile to go towards helping drivers switch to electric vehicles.
The Verge
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