NEWS IN BRIEF

Twitter Backs ShareChat, Looks to Compete with Facebook in India

Twitter led the latest $100 million round in an Indian social media app ShareChat, according to a TechCrunch report over the weekend,...

Russia’s Fintech Booms As Smartphone-Savvy Grandmas Go Cashless

Russians are increasingly using mobile wallets to pay for groceries and bills as cashless technologies disrupt the financial services industry, extending their...

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NEWS ANALYSIS

Russia’s Fintech Booms As Smartphone-Savvy Grandmas Go Cashless

Russians are increasingly using mobile wallets to pay for groceries and bills as cashless technologies disrupt the financial services industry, extending their reach across the world’s largest country. The number of purchases...

Utilities Face a Choice to Stand in the Way of Renewables or Switch and...

America’s utilities are facing a choice when it comes to renewables: Jump in and profit or dig in their heels and risk becoming unprofitable.  About 64% of the 4.2...

Video Game Loot Boxes Face Gambling Comparisons, Gamer Backlash

A key aspect of the modern video game business model has come under fire recently –– and it has nothing to do with violent themes.  Loot boxes –– virtual...

The Future of Farming: Regenerative Agriculture Gains Investors’ Attention

Regenerative farming –– using practices that refresh the soil in ways that fight the effects of climate change –– is gaining the attention of investors, who have poured about $47.5 billion in...

PROFILES

Could Aluminium-Air Batteries Cure Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety?

Slowly but surely, the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is becoming more economic. Since 2010, the battery cost per kilowatt hour has collapsed from $1000 to to just over $200, suggesting that...

OPINIONS

The Profitability of Fertility Services

KEY TAKEAWAYS The rising age of mothers at childbirth, health stressors, and high costs of living are boosting the global need for fertility services. In response to these trends, Private Equity firms are deploying...

Old School Agency Business Models in the Digital Age

KEY TAKEAWAYS Backed by private equity sponsors, large talent agencies are expanding across the media sector in pursuit of vertical integration. Key Market Movements CAA (Creative Arts Agency), operator of an entertainment and sports agency, received an...

Blockchain Accessibility with Alethio’s Christian Crowley

KEY TAKEAWAYS As incumbent banks and insurance companies struggle to compete using legacy IT systems and infrastructure, disruptive new banking and financial services platforms are taking market share. Global fintech investment in 2017 remains...

Hendrick Lee // Palm Drive Capital

KEY TAKEAWAYS Millennials are demanding healthcare services that are patient-centric, flexible, adaptive, transparent, and cost-effective, allowing innovators to seize market share from moribund healthcare industry. Global private equity investments in the healthcare sector breached...