Wednesday, September 18, 2019

NEWS IN BRIEF

Sunny Outlook: Solar Sector Booms as Utilities Lead With Record Pipeline of Projects

Despite a small dip in projects in the most recent quarter, U.S. solar investors have reason for optimism. The...

Germany Ramps Up Libra Opposition as Banks Develop Competing “Stablecoins”

In the latest round of setbacks for Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency, Germany ramped up its rhetoric against the electronic money today and...

NEWS ANALYSIS

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Pork-Loving China May Be Poised for Alt-Meat Surge as Pig Supplies Get Pinched

China is addicted to pork. Last year, the nation, home to half the world’s pigs, produced more than 50 million tons of pork. It’s citizens ate more of the meat than any...
crushed plastic bottles

U.S. Cities and States, Facing Avalanche of Recyclables, Look at VC-Backed Tech firms for...

That empty plastic bottle you threw in the recycling bin used to be in for a trip to another hemisphere. That changed in 2017, when China stopped accepting U.S. waste, disrupting the...
man at pharmacy

UBiome the Latest Cautionary Tale for Pharmacy Chains Seeking Bigger Healthcare Roles

In 2014, CVS quit cigarettes. And when the world’s No. 2 pharmacy chain gave up $2 billion in recurring annual revenue from selling tobacco products, the choice was hardly altruistic. The move...
solar panel

As Private Funds Fuel Solar Boom, Tax Breaks, Rebates Play Critical Role

While Goldman Sachs and others in private enterprise pour billions into solar projects, a patchwork quilt of state incentives and tax breaks across the U.S. still hold tremendous sway over investment in...

PROFILES

Different types of noses

Israeli Start-Up Offers Drivers a New Aromatherapy, One That Changes Perceptions

Most car fresheners try masking bad smells, with pine or fruit aromas. But why not subtly change the way the driver perceives an odor, tricking the person into thinking the smell is...

OPINIONS

Industry Report: Podcast Advertising

Key Takeaways: ● Podcast advertising is growing. Revenues are projected to reach $659 million by 2020, compared with $169 million in 2016. ● Measurement difficulties have slowed industry growth — but analytics are improving. ● The audio...

Alex Bojer: “I think technology definitely is an enabler these days.”

Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Working in the storied Swiss insurance space, Anivo 360 AG, a leading insurance tech player based in Switzerland,...

The Power of Toddlers: Why Streaming Giants Need to Take Kids’ Content Seriously

Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Netflix has made only four acquisitions in its history: the comic book company MillarWorld, Albuquerque’s ABQ Studios,...

Disrupting Trade Finance with Blockchain: Huge Potential But Little Real Progress

In this age of advanced technology, the $10 trillion global trade finance industry hasn’t embraced innovation, instead maintaining its dependence on paper-based systems. A single cross-border, trade finance transaction typically consists of...