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Today we've got surviving the retail apocalypse, predictions of a Microsoft spinoff, really good VCs, the supply chain, and drunk people creativity.
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Surviving and thriving
Nearly 7,000 stores in the US have fallen victim to the retail apocalypse. Big-name retailers like Radio Shack and Toys R' Us are collapsing under the pressure of e-commerce, changing consumer preferences, and debt.
But others are planning to open hundreds of new stores this year. From cultivating new niches to repurposing the physical store, we look at how brands like Dollar General and Ikea are surviving the retail apocalypse.
Why do you read Harvard Biz Review?
For the articles, of course.
Note: this was a study done at Mississippi State University and is based on the professors serving vodka cranberry cocktails to 20 male subjects. #science
Listen to the money talk
In Q1'18, fintech funding saw a boost from 12 $100M+ investments — a quarterly record for mega-rounds. Investments of $100M+ spanned 4 continents and included N26, eToro, Oscar Health, and C2FO.
We cover this and more in our new Global Fintech Report. You can download it here.
A big move for Microsoft
Want to understand where the competition is going?
We follow the evidence that suggests a Microsoft spinoff of Xbox might be in the cards.
Welcome to the top
For the third year in a row, we partnered with The New York Times to rank the top 100 venture capital professionals from around the world.
We also added a little something special this year — we analyzed the backgrounds of the top 20 venture partners to understand their secrets to success. Learn about them and our selection criteria here.
I've said this before, but it's worth restating.
The phrase is "nip it in the bud."
It is not "nip it in the butt."
Smaller, better, faster, stronger
For Kohl's, speeding up its manufacturing supply chain is valuable to its survival. It orders small test samples of inventory that can be adjusted based on demand.
Fast fashion retailer Zara uses a similar method, and can get an item from design to the rack in only 25 days. We discuss this and more in our new deep dive.
We sent out our fourth client note yesterday. The note covers:
- Is Amazon’s fulfillment robot advantage going to be eroded?
- Every tech giant is now going after Intel and Nvidia for AI chips
- How credit unions are fighting back against banks with the help of fintech companies
- China’s electric vehicle boom — a government, corporate-led push to modernize transportation
- How SoftBank will carve up the global ride-hailing market
If you're a client, log in to your account to read the entire note.
At this year's Future of Fintech, we’ll present our research on key fintech categories onstage. Offstage, in the briefing room (limited seats!), we’ll dig into the strategies of benchmark companies that should be on any fintech player’s radar.
Bring a colleague via our pair tickets (only 14 remaining). Or save $500 off an individual ticket using code morecontent. Prices go up May 1.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Business Insider. Oscar Williams-Grut (@oscarwgrut) reports that deal activity for US-based fintech companies hit a record high but slumped to a 5-quarter low in Europe and cites CB Insights’ Global Fintech Report.
Becker’s Hospital Review. Jessica Kim Cohen (@jessicakimcohen) discusses 8 ways Google could enter the healthcare space, referencing CB Insights’ Google In Healthcare Report.
Forbes. Niall McCarthy (@statistacharts) lists the most well-funded marijuana startups in America and references CB Insights’ Marijuana Trailblazers Report.
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