Tech giants & blockchain. EVs are just fine. Simplifying the pharma supply chain.

Chained to the algorithm

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YouTube stars are experiencing extreme stress, burnout, and depression, according to The Guardian.


The stress is apparently due to the amount of time and energy they have to put in to keeping their channels up to date, interacting with fans, and always keeping in mind the almighty Algorithm.

Cry me a river.

YouTube stars are building their brands/businesses on someone else’s platform (YouTube) — whose algorithm gave them fame. Now, they’re complaining that the same algorithm makes it hard to stay on top unless they constantly work.

You can’t have it both ways.

Another link in the chain

Tech giants are jumping on the blockchain train. From IBM to Oracle to Amazon, we take a look what 7 tech corporates are doing in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Hey, we’re practitioners

Most management consultants only know theory.

And some consultants have real world experience.

Stick it to the (middle) man

For every $100 spent on prescription drugs, $41 reportedly goes to intermediaries in the supply chain.

With pharmaceutical spending projected to hit $500B in the US by 2020, companies are working to make the drug supply chain cheaper, more efficient, and more transparent.

We take a closer look here.

Keep it simple

Ever notice how the options for user feedback on online services are super basic? It’s that way on purpose. Computers have a much easier time processing and classifying a “like” or a smiley face than raw text.

This is why Facebook now has six reaction emojis and BuzzFeed has a similar structure for reader comments. The point of these is for users to convey an emotion wordlessly, so that these platform’s algorithms can easily categorize the information.

David Auerbach says this computer-friendly feedback is affecting how we communicate IRL.


You can find the full article in The Blurb below.

 Nah, we're cool

Tesla's currently going through some things, but is its drama having any effect on the broader EV market?

Quick answer: nope.

We discussed this in today's client-only note. Clients can check it out here.

An apple a day

Today Apple unveiled its Watch Series 4, which will be able to take an electrocardiogram (EKG). Apple has received a De Novo clearance — meaning the first of its kind — from the FDA allowing its Watch to be used as a med device.

We previously looked into Apple's healthcare aspirations, including the roles of the iPhone and Watch. Get the slides and recording here.

 Time to clean up

Industrial separation processes consume massive amounts of energy — 10-15% of US energy consumption — to create fuel, plastics, fertilizers, and fresh water.

Startups are working to reduce that energy usage using advanced materials. Clients can read about some of them here.

Don’t drink from a firehose

TRANSFORM (Dec 4-5, NYC) is a two-day, multi-track conference packed with wisdom from top executives who will share their growth initiative how-to’s for implementing ideas, tapping external ecosystems, and spotting the next threats.

Fifty presenters across 36 sessions will be a lot to handle on your own, so bring the team. Here’s how we’ll help — we’re offering special discounted group tickets this week. Get yours today.

The Industry Standard

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

Forbes. Yue Wang (@yueyueyuewang) reports on Tencent’s 2018 deals and cites CB Insights research.

Nikkei Asian Review. Wataru Suzuki discusses why China’s startup bubble is at risk of bursting and refers to CB Insights research.

Axios. Erica Pandey (@erica_pandey) writes about how big distillers and brewers are investing in cannabis companies and cites CB Insights research.

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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

The Algorithm’s demands. YouTube stars are in distress over the amount of time and energy required to keep their channels up to date.
The Guardian

You don’t have to do that… Some big-name brands are using “surprise and delight” tactics, claiming they want to connect with their customers — but are they just fishing for publicity?
The Atlantic

Computer talk. The simplistic, computer-friendly user feedback options on online services like Facebook are affecting how we communicate IRL.

Holes. Researchers are adapting the techniques used by birds and bugs to teach drones how to fly through small, irregularly-shaped holes at high speeds.

Harder, better, faster, stronger. America’s obsession with productivity goes back hundreds of years.
Fast Company

Disrupting holiday cheer. Amazon will begin selling live, full-size Christmas trees this year.
The Verge
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