AI changes everything. Space travel coming soon. Startup failure explained.

Cash money

Hi there,

Interesting data on which corporations have the most cash overseas.

The only constant is change

Business leaders and employees have mixed feelings about how exactly AI will affect life and productivity in the workplace — but the workplace will undoubtedly be affected.

We looked at 100 AI startups that are redefining their industries. These companies have raised $11.7B in aggregate funding across 367 deals. Check them out here.

B2B data and love — perfect together

For a B2B data company, we get a lot of love. 

Thanks, John.

Let me play among the stars

If you're tired of vacationing in the same places, you might be in luck — startups are working to make space tourism a reality.

From astronaut bootcamps to trips to the moon, we analyzed the current state of the space travel industry and the startups trying to make all your interstellar dreams come true.

Santa > Spiderman

This is a very good Venn Diagram.

Thx to subscriber Boaz Fletcher for passing it on.

Well, you tried

It's hard out here for a startup. 70% of upstart tech companies fail, usually about 20 months after first raising financing. 

Why does it have to be like this? We combed through 100+ farewell letters and postmortems to figure out the top 20 reasons startups fail.

Paying Tesla to collect data on me

At A-ha!, Noam Bardin, co-founder & CEO of Waze, told CNBC’s Aditi Roy that Tesla’s charging him a lot of money for his car so they can collect data for its next car. He thinks that’s pretty brilliant.

Hear what else he had to say about carpooling, automation, drones, city infrastructure, and his view of Israel vs. Silicon Valley as an innovation hub. Read the CB Insights take here.

Bring the team

At Future of Fintech June 19 - 21, you’ll need a team to help cover all of the sessions (Ripple, Goldman Sachs, Nasdaq, Alipay, Robinhood) and individual meetings (1000+ attending this year).  

Tickets for the Future of Fintech are going fast. And so are the group tickets.

With 10 group tickets left at this pricing ($1795 per ticket), it’s an easy sell to the boss. Prices will go up March 1.

Or save $500 on an individual ticket by using discount code solo.

The Industry Standard

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

The Verge. James Vincent (@jjvincent) writes about the competition between China and the US in AI development and refers to CB Insights’ AI Trends Report.
Becker’s Healthcare. Eric Oliver (@eoliver_beckers) lists 10 statistics on US VC funding in healthcare and cites PwC and CB Insights’ MoneyTree Report.
Investopedia. Donna Fuscaldo (@donnabail) reports that Ally Financial’s venture arm is investing in a startup that makes debit cards for kids and references CB Insights data.

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P.S. On March 1, we'll be discussing trends in wealth tech in 2018. Save your spot at the briefing here.

The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

We set a date. Net neutrality rollbacks are set to begin going into effect on April 23 of this year.
The Verge
Satellite. SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying two demo satellites for its planned internet broadband service.
Cobalt blues. Amid fears of a shortage, Apple is in talks to buy cobalt — a key battery ingredient — directly from miners.
Alexa, accelerate. Amazon’s startup fund focuses on companies located in places where Amazon thinks digital assistants are headed.
Work this out. As artificial intelligence continues to progress and shake up industries, workforce programs will need to be overhauled.
Blow the whistle. The US Supreme Court is refusing to broaden protections against retaliation for corporate insiders who call out misconduct.
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