Big 5 patent activity. Nanosatellite disruption. Travel tech startups to watch.
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Mad Money

Hi there,

Alright, first WeWork invested in a wave pool company (we discussed it last week) and now they are hiring a "Discipline Coordinator."

We have no idea what this job does.

So we're having a contest.

Whoever provides the best answer to the following question will receive a sweet CB Insights "Data > Opinion" t-shirt: “What is the main responsibility of the person with this job?”  

You just have to leave your answer to the position here on Instagram.  The winner will be determined based on the response with the most likes at the end of this week (Nov 26th).

Thx to subscriber Neelam Brar for spotting this job req.

Patent wars

We mined the patent application activity of tech’s Big 5 — Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Apple — over the past 9 years. Google has the most AI patent applications to date and Apple lags behind its rivals. Apple is pushing hard on mobile AR and leading that space with ARKit.

Sell, sell, sell, sell, sell

fyi in case useful.

BTW, and very tangentially related, we're hiring a product manager

Nano disruption

Nanosatellites — tiny satellites you can hold in your hand — are being launched into space at unprecedented rates. The new, low cost space tech is set to transform everything from commodities trading to telecommunications.

G, G, G, G-unit

When we analyzed 242 startup failure post-mortems to identify the top 20 reasons startups fail, this reason about a lack of glucose cited on Hacker News surprisingly didn't come up.

Worth a visit

We surfaced 10 notable early-stage startups disrupting the travel tech industry. These startups are doing everything from automated rebooking to pricing optimization to AI-powered assistance, and more.

The Industry Standard 

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

Bloomberg. A look at talk around Mashable's sale with a reference to CB Insights digital media deals data.

CNBC. A report on Stich Fix's IPO with a reference to CB Insights investment data.

Business Insider. A report on self-driving trucks with a mention of CB Insights investment data.

Happy Monday.

I love you.


P.S. Today, we'll be doing a deep dive on the growth of wealth tech insurgents Acorns, Betterment, Wealthfront, and Stash. Join us at 1PM ET.

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