Healthcare in the future. Dangerous social media. Shaking up banks.

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Breaking the bank

Traditional checking, credit, and savings are threatened by a new crop of digital-first startups working to create customer-centric banking products that target underserved individuals and businesses.

From blockchain to expense management to SMB/SMEs, we take a look at 60+ companies transforming retail and commercial banking.

Crystal ball

Technology is rapidly transforming the healthcare industry — what will it look like in the next 10-15 years?

Our Healthcare in 2025 briefing explores the demographic, technological, and cultural shifts that are poised to change the healthcare landscape in the coming decades. Download the report here.

 Get smart

Like water management and traffic management, 5G is coming up a lot more in conversations about smart cities. (We break down the technology here.)

In today's client-only note, we discuss how the next generation of wireless technology will tie smart city services together. Clients can read it here.

In 10 years, I'll know if I'm good

Max Niederhofer has a good post on the challenges of being a VC. It's honest and not full of the normal schlock that tends to pervade posts by VCs.

Check it out in The Blurb.


Amazon is betting big on drone delivery and wants drop-off to be as smooth — and as quiet — as possible.

Its recently granted patent describes expandable delivery shrouds that would reduce the noise created by drones during deliveries.

We take a closer look at the patent and how the shrouds would work here.

Monkey business

Mailchimp (the company we use to send this newsletter) is bootstrapped and is going to do $600M in revenue this year.

Read the profile of the company by Alex Konrad of Forbes in The Blurb.

Key reminders:

  1. Mailchimp is what many investors pejoratively call a lifestyle business. 
  2. Revenue-funding is the best funding.
BTW, some in the tech gliterrati took exception to Mailchimp offering profit sharing vs. giving equity.

The reality is that profit sharing requires profits and that is something most Silicon Valley startups are not super familiar with.

Brace yourselves

Midterm elections in the US are right around the corner, and the spread of misinformation is on the minds of voters and big tech companies.

Over 80% of Twitter accounts linked to circulating conspiracy and false news during the 2016 election are still active, according to a new study by the Knight Foundation.

We take a deep dive into how social networks are being weaponized and emerging defense strategies.

 Snack life

Some of the world's leading food companies are racing to get in on the protein snacking game. They're hoping that new protein sources can revamp unhealthy foods.

We take a look at a few recent patent applications filed by major food companies that show how they're trying to boost the nutritional value of some of America's favorite munchies. Expert Intelligence clients can see them here.

Secrets of success

Earlier this year, Don Weinstein told us the tale of ADP's acquisition of WorkMarket, born from an attempt to build an entirely different product in-house. One of Don’s secrets of success? A discovery-driven process that reduces risk and focuses on the best ideas.

TRANSFORM will be packed with more secrets from Travelers, JetBlue, Baidu, Ferrero, Mastercard, and others. Sessions will not be livestreamed.

For this week only, you can save $750 with the code secrets.

The Industry Standard

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

Forbes. Ed Garsten (@edgarsten) reports that Honda will spend $2.75B to support autonomous vehicle development with General Motors and refers to CB Insights research.

CNBC. Saheli Roy Choudhury (@sahelirc) writes about Microsoft’s latest investment in Grab and cites CB Insights data.

GeekWire. Taylor Soper (@taylor_soper) lists the top 10 highest-valued startups in Seattle and references PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree report.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

#vcprobz. Max Niederhofer discusses the challenges of being a VC.
Max Niederhofer

Monkeying around. Mailchimp is a bootstrapped company that has 20M users and $600M in revenue. Here’s how it got there.

What’s it all for? Tech workers are growing more concerned about how the products they develop will ultimately be used.
New York Times

Among the wildflowers. Volunteer scientists are studying flowers in Washington to evaluate how ecosystems will respond to climate change.
Atlas Obscura

Stand clear. New York City’s MTA is launching the nation’s first Transit Tech Lab to vet new high-tech products to improve the city’s public transit system.
The Verge
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