Will you remember me?
I’ll be at Money20/20 on Sunday and part of Monday, where we’ll be unveiling the Fintech 250.
If you’re a client or a large financial services firm and you want a sneak peek at the list, or if you want to meet up, ping me.
Networking for introverts
Networking is hard. Ben Reinhardt has some interesting tips on how to do it right.
Basically, successful networking boils down to making it easy for people to keep you and your goals in mind.
Check out the post in The Blurb.
Retail giant Sears filed for bankruptcy this week, due in part to its failure to keep up with the shift to e-commerce.
From Sears to Claire's to RadioShack, we take a closer look at the reasons behind the 57 retail bankruptcies that have happened since 2015.
Blockchain vs. risk
The multi-trillion-dollar global insurance market is largely still stuck in the past — blockchain could help bring it into the 21st century.
We explore how insurance giants and startups are using the technology to prevent fraud, track medical records, and more. Check it out here.
Kid breaks arm :)
As I talk to my friends who are parents, many of us talk about how we can raise kids who have grit and resilience when they’ve mostly had a pretty charmed life.
We often joke that our kids will be soft.
So it was interesting to stumble upon this article (in The Blurb) about a New Zealand playground that got rid of rules around playground safety and is OK letting kids get hurt and generally figure isht out.
Is this why all those Silicon Valley billionaires are moving to New Zealand?
Clear the air
With a rapidly changing climate and a growing global middle class, demand for better heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is on the rise — and startups have some ideas.
From air quality to smart monitoring, we map out 30+ companies using technology to improve HVAC systems. Expert Intelligence clients can see them all here.
Smoke up, eh
Canada officially legalized marijuana today, becoming the second country to do so.
The global legal marijuana industry is projected to hit $20B by 2025. From medicine to beauty to cryptocurrency, we take a look at 18 industries that will likely be affected.
Not going to give a third Blurb article this week as our compilation of insights from Jeff Bezos’ 21 annual letters is just so f’n good. Go read it now.
My favorites are his comments from his letters in 2017, 2012, 2009, and 1998.
Work from mall
Mall vacancy rates have reached 9.1% in the US, a seven-year high. Many have shut down altogether.
Their latest strategy to bring back foot traffic? Coworking.
We take a look at some recent partnerships between mall owners and coworking startups. Expert Intelligence clients can read more here.
Money on my mind
We'll be at this year's Money20/20 USA, where the payments, fintech, and fin services spaces meet up to explore the disruptive ways in which consumers and businesses manage and spend money.
I'll be giving the keynote "Gradually, Then Suddenly: Unbundling the Bank" at the conference, so if you're there, please be sure to laugh at all my jokes.
Join us in Las Vegas October 21-24 and get $250 off your registration with code CBI250.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Venture Beat. Anna Hensel (@ahhensel) writes about the startup scene in the Southeast and cites CB Insights data.
Food Dive. Amy Shim discusses new developments in nutrition tech and refers to CB Insights research.
Whole Foods Magazine. Corinna Kaufman writes about the success of private-label products and references CB Insights research.
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P.S. On October 25, we'll be discussing AI trends in healthcare. Sign up for the briefing here.
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