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Retail

Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

Walmart and Google are today announcing a new partnership that will enable voice shopping through Google Assistant, Google’s virtual assistant that lives on devices like its smart speaker, Google Home. Specifically, consumers will now be able to take advantage of Walmart’s “Easy Reorder” feature …

eCommerce

Subscription Commerce: A Box for Everything and Everyone - Fung Global Retail & Technology

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

Understanding Blue Apron: Feast or Famine?

Please read the important disclosures at the end of this document.<p><b>Company Description3:</b> <i>Blue Apron Holdings Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in</i> …

New Jersey

Jack Ma's Alibaba is doubling down on its supermarket strategy

Users sign up for a Hema membership through their Taobao or Alipay accounts.<p>Hema stores were first introduced in 2015 as an attempt to reinvent …

eCommerce

Abby Albright on LinkedIn: “Latest AR landscape is out…

Latest AR landscape is out from VR Fund w/ Key Insights: ● Activity in Q2 was strongest in areas of device infrastructure & SDK tool development, …

Being Busy Permanently Reduces Your Capacity to Think Deeply and Creatively

The other day a friend mentioned that he’s looking forward to autonomous cars, as it will help lower the accident and fatality rates caused by …

Doggie DNA startup Embark raises $4.5 million in seed to find your puppy’s breed

@sarahbuhr / 9 months ago<p>Ever wanted to know the genetic mix of your mutt? Embark, a doggie DNA startup has raised $4.5 million in seed to expand its …

Venture Capital

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The Benefits of Taking a Slower Approach to Innovation

In our experience, managers tend to focus their innovation efforts on processes that are either large in scale (new products and business models ) or swift in development (hackathons, rapid prototyping, or emerging platforms). There’s nothing wrong with this, per se, as both approaches can pay huge …

Innovation

A blockchain explanation your parents could understand

It's happening in an increasingly frequent manner: "Jamie, explain this blockchain stuff to me. I've read a bunch of articles and I'm no wiser." The …

3 Steps To Embedding Artificial Intelligence In Enterprise Applications

In the context of contemporary applications, it’s hard to think of an application that doesn’t use a database. From mobile to web to the desktop, every modern application relies on some form of a database. Some apps use flat files while others rely on in-memory or NoSQL databases. Traditional …

Machine Learning

The state of virtual reality

Microsoft, Sony, Valve, Ready at Dawn all have games in the works<p>One could argue that the age of virtual reality kicked-off during last year's Game Developers Conference, an event that nearly coincided with the launch of two of the technology's most important head-mounted displays in recent …

If Your Company Isn’t Good at Analytics, It’s Not Ready for AI

Management teams often assume they can leapfrog best practices for basic data analytics by going directly to adopting artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. But companies that rush into sophisticated artificial intelligence before reaching a critical mass of automated processes …

Big Data

Forget Stimulants: Doppel Wearable Alters Your Mood With a Few Taps

News<p>Jun. 4, 2017 10:19 am<p>We all have a bit of anxiety bubbling up inside. But we don’t all have time to meditate, exercise, or sometimes even just …

Wearable Tech

Your mall will basically have to be psychic to survive

Repeat after me: Shopping is therapy. Whether you believe it or not, the rush some of us get from buying a new dress or gadget can be cathartic. And in the not-too-distant future, real-world shopping will get so seamless that it could feel like the store is actually psychic. But it's not just about …

J.C. Penney

The Hottest New Way of Investing in Silicon Valley Comes With a Big Catch

It’s too late to invest in Airbnb Inc. but a company that bills itself as the Airbnb of cloud computer storage is raising cash -- and anyone with an …

Cryptocurrency

Accuracy in Wrist-Worn, Sensor-Based Measurements of Heart Rate and Energy Expenditure in a Diverse Cohort

1. Introduction<p>Coronary heart disease is responsible for one in every four deaths in the United States. Few interventions are as effective as …

Profiting from Personalization

25 Examples of A.I. That Will Seem Normal in 2027

From cooking to dating to art.<p>In the last ten years, artificial intelligence has changed the world in subtle but sweeping ways, but it’s got nothing …

Artificial Intelligence

Who's Who: The 6 Top Thinkers In AI And Machine Learning

Every day it seems we are hearing of new advances made by AIs thanks to Machine Learning, from improving healthcare to beating us at poker, it is often easy to forget that, behind every successful robot, there’s a clever human.<p>The swift pace of change we are seeing today is due to a concerted …

Artificial Intelligence

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines

The advice to eat a healthy diet is not new. Back around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, had this missive: Let food be thy medicine.<p>But as a society, we've got a long way to go. About 1 out of every 2 deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is linked to a poor …

Diabetes

3 ways retailers are using AI to reinvent shopping

In this new age of ecommerce, marketing means providing a seamless experience across channels, delighting customers with same-day deliveries, providing excellent customer service and recommendations, and sending real-time personalized messages your customers will thank you for.<p>But personalized …

The End of Advertising, The Beginning of Relationships

Today my colleagues and I publish a bombshell of a report. Titled, "The End of Advertising As We Know It," the report at first glance fits nicely …

Advertising

Low-Risk, High-Reward Innovation

Wharton professor <b>David Robertson</b> discusses a “third way” to innovate besides disruptive and sustaining innovations. He outlines this approach through the examples of companies including LEGO, GoPro, Victoria’s Secret, USAA, and CarMax. It consists of creating a family of complementary innovations …

Hot Wheels

4 Things Great Bosses Say to a New Employee That Most Bosses Never Think to Say | Inc.com

You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great attitude. So once they're hired and in the door, all you need to do is set them loose, right?<p>Not so fast. Knowing how to do a job is certainly important, but approaching a job with …

Big Companies Love to Partner With These 5 Types of Startups | Inc.com

About a month back, I found myself at the OnRamp Insurance Conference at Chicago's Soldier Field. The event, well-organized by Midwest accelerator Gener8tor, brought together startups (Davids) and incumbents (Goliaths) from across the insurance industry. Like everyone else there, I was present to …

Startups