Lessons from Fred Wilson. Travel well. Canada tech, eh.

Grubhub getting the snub snub

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The Digital Health 150

I’m excited to announce we’re now taking nominations for our first-ever Digital Health 150 — a ranking of the 150 most promising private digital health companies globally.

We’ll be unveiling the companies at The Future of Health Conference (Oct 2-3, NYC).

Applying is free and simple.

  1. Visit the CB Insights Editor here and update/add your company profile.
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We will be reviewing data and submissions as they come in so submit sooner rather than later.

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Well said, Fred

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson has been investing in tech companies since the 1980s. He's also a prolific blogger, offering advice to investors on how to take the right risks, how to navigate crises, and much more.

From product development to building social networks, we break down 11 of Wilson's most essential lessons from his blog posts and other writings. Read them all here.

Following the bread crumbs

It’s been a rough go of late for restaurant delivery company Grubhub as its stock chart from CB Insights highlights.

The pressure is not all that surprising.

First off, competitive intensity in the restaurant delivery space has dramatically climbed. Grubhub’s CBI profile reveals a long list of competitors. The 2 main ones that are putting pressure on the company are DoorDash and Uber via its Uber Eats offering.

This intensity is evident in other places, as you’ll see below.

Well, then

Travel season is in full swing. Many travelers are reportedly spending as much as $1,400 per night on wellness summits and retreats.

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The battle for hearts & minds

Interestingly, the chatter about Grubhub has also fallen with the rise of Uber Eats and Doordash.

A look at our earnings transcript search engine shows that on earnings calls, public company CEOs of restaurant & hospitality companies are increasingly talking up partnerships with Doordash.  

Doordash mentions on earnings calls have actually overtaken mentions of Grubhub. To see which public co execs & companies are mentioning these companies most, clients with transcript search engine access can go here.

Media chatter paints a similar trend with Grubhub having been eclipsed by both Uber Eats and Doordash.

Of course, Grubhub is not standing still.

As business relationship data on CB Insights highlights, the company has signed a number of deals with major restaurants as can be seen below and here.

 Reapin' and sowin'

A growing world population and the effects of climate change are creating big challenges for the vital agriculture industry.

Companies in the space are turning to AI and robotics to help with tasks such as predicting future weather patterns and improving supply chains.

From plant genomics to irrigation to harvesting, we look at 40+ startups transforming agriculture with AI and robotics. Clients can see them all here.


They've got amazing chemistry

Funding to VC-backed Canadian companies in 2018 totaled $3.5B, with deal activity up 30% year-over-year.

Our new periodic table highlights 150 notable Canada-based tech startups, investors, and exits. Check it out here.

 Shut up and drive

Hype around biometric technology is on the rise. In the automotive space, OEMs and auto suppliers are exploring use cases for the tech.

From enhancing vehicle security to driver monitoring, we take a look at how biometric tech is driving the future of cars. Expert Intelligence 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.

New York Times. Erin Griffith (@eringriffith) discusses startup Evernote’s slowed growth and its potential for a comeback and cites CB Insights data.

Forbes. Jean Baptiste Su writes about unicorn company Meero and references CB Insights research.

CNBC. Saheli Roy Choudhury (@sahelirc) discusses the main focus area for Singapore’s early-stage, state-funded investor and cites PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree Report.

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