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And now, here are this week's top briefs.

AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries
The 100 startups on our list have raised $11.7B in aggregate funding across 367 deals since 2012.

Social Capital’s Palihapitiya On What’s Wrong With Social Media
The Social Capital co-founder says it's time to rethink the mechanics (and business models) of social media sites.

How Blockchain Could Transform The Way You Buy Your Groceries
From giants like IBM and Walmart to smaller CPG startups, companies are using blockchain to improve the safety and transparency of food.

We Analyzed 9 Of The Biggest Direct-to-Consumer Success Stories To Figure Out The Secrets to Their Growth — Here’s What We Learned
Today, a new generation of disruptive brands are shaking up retail — direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies that build, market, sell, and ship their products themselves, without middlemen.

Apple Strategy Teardown: Where the World’s Most Valuable Company Is Focusing In Augmented Reality, Wearables, AI, Cars, And More
The maverick of personal computing is looking for its next big thing in spaces like healthcare, AR, and autonomous cars, all while keeping its lead in consumer hardware. With an uphill battle in AI, slowing growth in smartphones, and its fingers in so many pies, can Apple reinvent itself for a third time?

Here’s Where The Top Healthcare VC Firms Are Investing In Cancer Therapies
Immunotherapy draws the lion's share of attention from top VCs, but startups focused on other types of cancer therapies, such as protein targeting, are also starting to gain recognition

GM’s Cruise CEO Says Company Is On Track For A 2019 Robotaxi Launch
Kyle Vogt weighs in on the self-driving company's progress and relationship with parent GM 18 months post-acquisition.

What Is Blockchain Technology?
Few people understand what it is, but Wall Street banks, IT organizations, and consultants are buzzing about blockchain technology. It's hard to remove blockchain from Bitcoin, so we'll start with Bitcoin as we work to understand this technology's potential.

Drink Up: 50+ Wine Tech Startups In One Market Map
From grapeless wine to AI-driven pairings, these startups are redesigning the way wine is produced, distributed, and consumed.

Mortgage Tech 101: What It Is & Why It’s Taking Off Now
Incumbents must digitize their backend operations and loan origination process to cut costs and compete against new entrants.

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