The disruptor that doesn’t want to be disrupted

JetBlueA subsidiary of JetBlue Airways is investing in startups to better understand travel technology, guard against disruption, and position its parent for the future. Two years ago the company founded JetBlue Technology Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary based in the southern San Francisco Bay area known as Silicon Valley, which has become a global centre for technological innovation. Read more>>

How New Technologies Could Transform Africa’s Health Care System

aug18-06-685027761-KATERYNA-KONSCIENCE-PHOTO-LIBRARYIn early June, at the invitation of the European Commission to Brussels (Belgium), I toured some fascinating AI and blockchain-based projects. Across industrial sectors, engineers are creating new technologies with potentially disruptive implications for the current architectural order of the global economy. One of the technologies, an “AI doctor”, shows great promise for the future of healthcare in Africa. Read more>>

Investors Keep Giving Startups More Funding Than They Need. Here’s Why the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet May Cause Indigestion

“This is the best time to raise money ever,” Slack founder Stewart Butterfield told The New York Times in April 2015. In the months that followed, I and many other observers cited Butterfield’s thoroughly rational exuberance as evidence of a historic tech bubble, one data point among many that private-company valuations had become untethered from reality to a degree that made a painful correction not just inevitable but imminent. Read more>>

How Airbnb went from renting air beds for $10 to a $30 billion hospitality behemoth

Screen Shot 2018-08-12 at 1.17.59 PMWhen we first wrote about the company a decade ago, it was a spare website cobbled together by its founders for the low low price of $20,000. In the years since, the marketplace Airbnb created has radically transformed the rental landscape in cities, created an entirely new hospitality market and surged to a valuation of roughly $31 billion. Read more>>

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