Jon Markman is editor of the independent investment newsletter The Daily Advantage.
Big glass box buildings have become common across the world's cityscapes. But they can be energy gluttons. Enter Microsoft and Johnson Controls for IoT software, switches and controls in a venture with a UAE recycling and waste-management company.
Using data, machine learning and AI, Alphabet managers are incubating vibrant new businesses in pharma and tech. One or more of these will become exciting stand-alone businesses.
Uber is building a scalable, reliable software based dispatch system for the entire world, complete with mapping, logistics and a robust payment infrastructure. Allowing developers to build applications on top of this platform is transformational.
It's now clear consumers want everything on demand, including live TV. That's a huge new opportunity for the revamped and rejuvenated House of Mouse.
Precision medicine is like a smart bomb that bases treatment on a patient's individual genetics. One company makes the hardware and software to help make it happen.
Companies like ClimaCell are using cell towers to improve weather forecasts. This benefits tower operators because it means carriers will be willing to pay higher rents.
The music streaming company is set to take the place of record labels as it moves aggressively to vertically integrate into concerts, merchandise, promotion and data analytics.
3D printing ultimately will drive the made-to-order market of the future. Although there's few pure plays, one company is already using the technology to profit.
Shopify has become the go-to partner for small businesses seeking a foothold in e-commerce. Critics who complain about its high valuation misunderstand its role in the fastest-growing industry on Earth.
When Libra launches next year, Facebook's gated community of two billion-plus members worldwide will have its own currency. And the world will never be the same.
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