5 Key Stories From The Digital Worlds

June 5

BY NABYL CHARANIA

1. 

BULLFROG VENTURES ACQUIRED BY ROKK3R INC.

  • Bullfrog was founded in 2016 with a clear mission: to accelerate the transition of insurance solutions to be more predictive and preventive, reducing material damages and improving people’s lives.
  • Bullfrog’s Insurtech Portal, in partnership with Chubb Latin America, includes more than 80 Insurtechs.
  • Bullfrog’s Insurtech platform includes 16 curated insurtechs from all over the world, such as Boxx Insurance, the premier international cyber-insurance solution.

2. 

YOUR NEXT CHECK COULD BE CUT FROM ONE OF THESE ATYPICAL VC FIRMS

  • Corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are everywhere…loosely defined as corporations starting venture capital arms to work with smaller startups.
  • Clearbanc, a new kind of venture capital-ish firm…doesn’t have any equity in the over 700 companies it works with. But it put investments in each of them.
  • Pegasus Tech Ventures…invests in startups on behalf of corporations through its “VC-as-a-service” model.

3. 

SPACEX BEGINNING TO TACKLE SOME OF THE BIG CHALLENGES FOR A MARS JOURNEY

  • SpaceX remains on track to send humans to Mars in the “mid-2020s.
  • Plans to bring humans to Mars with a two-stage rocket: the Starship upper stage and a Super Heavy booster.
  • So far, NASA and SpaceX have identified four areas that meet their criteria for a safe mission to Mars: the Arcadia, Deuteronilus, Utopia, and Phlegra regions, which are in the northern hemisphere.

4. 

WHY BIG BUSINESS IS MAKING A GIANT LEAP INTO SPACE

  • Advances in reusable rockets, lowered per-launch costs and miniaturization of satellites are opening up business opportunities well beyond aerospace and defense.
  • The global space industry is expected to generate revenue of $1.1 trillion or more in 2040, up from the current $350 billion.
  • Satellite mass production could decrease the cost from $500 million per satellite to $500,000.

5. 

BENCHMARK YOUR RETAIL TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT PLANS

  • Retailers will invest in SaaS to manage application load variability, such as holiday shopping.
  • GDPR and similar regional initiatives mean that retail technology investments focus on customer permission and privacy.
  • Retailers…plan to increase productivity, using automation to relieve humans of dull repetitive work.