Thanks to e-Mart, never again will we have to experience buying a bunch of bananas only to have them rot before they’re all eaten.
The Korean retailer now sells packs of 6 individual bananas, each one in progressive states of ripeness.
One knock on this, of course, is that bananas come in natural packaging, so this does use extra plastic.
Break that down for me
The total market cap of cryptocurrencies surpassed $800B in January this year. ICOs exploded in popularity, hitting over $18B so far in 2018. Corporations like Walmart and Pfizer have completed blockchain pilots.
Don’t know what any of that means? No worries. We break down all things blockchain here.
Up in my home just workin' on my fitness
Startups like Peloton and ClassPass are making moves in the at-home fitness space, which has people wondering if this is a sign of the gympocalypse.
From connected boxing gloves to live-stream workout subscriptions, we take a look at how startups are revamping fitness routines — and what gyms are doing to keep up. Clients can read more here.
More like Apocalypse WOW
If you’re worried about the apocalypse, you might find comfort in knowing that the brilliant minds of Silicon Valley have figured out how to survive — or you might not, because the vast majority of us won’t be able to afford it.
Bloomberg reports that in the past two years, seven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs bought bunkers and planted them in New Zealand. The bunker doors are hidden in fields, and locatable only with GPS. The most expensive one costs $8M.
If the end is coming, the Californians’ plan is to hop on a 10-hour direct flight (via private jet, of course) and settle in (illustration below by Steph Davidson).
In other fruit news...
Apple's big product event is tomorrow.
iPhones aside, the company is believed to be working on AR headsets, autonomous car software, transformative healthcare devices and apps, smart home tech, and much more.
We dig into Apple's patents, acquisitions, earnings calls, product releases, and organizational structure for hints at how it will approach the future. Read all about it here.
Oops, he did it again
The US Air Force is reportedly looking into Elon Musk after he smoked pot on a podcast last week. SpaceX provides services for the Air Force, and marijuana use is prohibited for someone with government security clearance.
Imagine a time in the future when we are just talking about Musk's crazy, game-changing ideas again...
Wanted: techlash warrior
Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple (GAFA) are facing a wave of "techlash" following huge customer data breaches, hidden tracking apps, internet surveillance, and more.
So they're taking action. GAFA are looking to hire people who can help carry out new privacy and security policies — and hopefully regain consumers' trust. We take a look at each company's select open positions here.
Unicorn conservation efforts
Glad that somebody is fighting for what’s really important.
(Never change, Hacker News).
Also, there are now 271 unicorns globally worth $869B. You can see the entire list here (and get a file with all their details).
Uber for all the things
The potential for on-demand tech in Southeast Asia is gaining attention from companies all over the world, from Alibaba to Amazon — but startups are fighting for the space, too.
We mapped out 25+ Southeast Asian startups that are changing how customers interact with on-demand services in the region. Clients can see them all here.
Room at the top
CB Insights' Fintech 250 recognizes the top 250 private companies changing the face of financial services around the world.
If this sounds like your company, apply for the 2018 list today. Applications will be accepted until September 25.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Bloomberg. Selina Wang (@selina_y_wang) writes about how the trade war is affecting an augmented reality startup and refers to CB Insights research.
Forbes. Jeff Kauflin (@jeffkauflin) reports that TransferWise has brought in $151M in revenue over the past year and quotes CB Insights fintech analyst Lindsay Davis (@lcdavis1225).
New York Times. David Gelles (@dgelles) interviews Rebecca Lynn (@vcrebecca) of Canvas Ventures and refers to CB Insights research.
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