Five Key Stories

From the Digital Worlds

April 15

April 15

Large businesses don’t have to be lousy innovators. The difference between a Blockbuster and an IBM is the ability of leaders to sustain and rejuvenate the innovation capacity of their companies. Leaders need to map and clarify their options for both product and business-model innovation.

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April 12

April 12

Celebrating 50,000 commercial deliveries this week in 100 cities around the world, robot deliveries will change the way consumers shop. The customer behavior is called “top up” shopping, and it pairs well with delivery robots.

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April 11

April 11

Western Union partners with crypto wallet for cross-border transfers. The partnership is a significant boost to Western Union’s blockchain efforts.

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April 9

April 9

Venture Capital In Q1 2019: roughly $74.96 billion was invested across all stages, down a considerable 19 percent from last quarter’s global highs.

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April 8

April 8

Space tech rockets higher: barriers to entry came down in 2009, when Spacex provided increased access to space. Satellites previously cost hundreds of millions (or even billions) to design, manufacture, and launch. Just over 40 percent of the Top 100 venture capital firms now have at least one space investment.

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April 5

April 5

A record $2.5B went to U.S. insurance startup deals last year, and big insurers are in all the way. Surprisingly large portion of funding is coming from the corporate venture arms of the very same giant insurance companies startups are trying to disrupt.

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April 4

April 4

Ikea has started testing interest in a subscription-like model for furniture in a few locations as it plans to reinvent itself as a circular company.

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April 3

April 3

Around 100 million people will shop with AR by 2020. 46 percent of retailers plan to integrate augmented reality or virtual reality tech into shopping experiences.

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April 2

April 2

Researchers make record-breaking 13,000 crispr edits in a single cell. Instead of cutting DNA, the base editor replaces genetic letters. This removed the damaging effects to the double helix.

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