Chess has recently experienced a resurgence in interest and there is one key contributing factor — Netflix.

Netflix’s new show “The Queen’s Gambit” has caused a peak interest in chess.

Google Trends Analytics over the past few 5 years shows a peak in the search term interest for “chess” over the past week as seen below.

Aside from Google search interest in chess, sales of chess sets have also increased as a result of The Queen’s Gambit. According to the NY Post, “Toronto-based toy merchant Spin Master, whose classic games division owns about 70 percent of the US market, has…

While Uber’s key business segments (ride hailing and food delivery) are expected to grow rapidly over the next 5 years, the road to profitability for Uber is unknown in the next 1–2 years. Uber is struggling to maintain market share in its core offerings while continuing to spend heavily in R&D on its future technology goals (e.g., autonomous vehicles). While the company may be profitable in the future as it is able to lower its costs and operate at scale by on-boarding new customers to its “transportation” platform with various services (and hopefully recurring revenue — e.g., …

Source: Alkymi website: Data Inbox platform example

Alkymi is a machine learning-powered data inbox designed to automatically extract unstructured data from inputs like email, process it, and incorporate it into an enterprise’s workflow. Alkymi was founded in 2017 and raised a $5M seed round in Feb. 2020.

Why is Alkymi interesting?

Alkymi is interesting because it is solving a known problem with limited wide-scale and successful solutions. When I worked in Corporate Strategy at a F500 company, I saw firsthand the amount of time analysts spent on transferring data from emails and PDFs into files, which is inefficient and prone to errors. If that time could be given back by automating…


In an increasingly digital world, people, bloggers and companies are continuing to fight for the attention of consumers. The term “clickbait” was popularized in the past few years as advertisement titles or links often contained extreme or essentially false information to attract consumers to click on it.

But, is clickbait going away or have we just been getting used to it?

First, looking at Google Trend analytics, we see the term “clickbait” reached a peak in late 2019, but has been declining in search interest in general over the past few years.

The comments section on practically all social media / publication platforms is a pure goldmine. I can’t remember the last time that I’ve seen a highly viewed video (e.g., YouTube, TikTok) or post (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) without running to the comments section.

Now, what makes the comments section so powerful? Pure human ingenuity. The combination of allowing people to post their own comments and “like / heart / clap” other people’s comments creates what we can call “trending comments.”

We all know what a “trending post / video” is on Facebook or YouTube, but we haven’t focused much on top…

I doubt anyone will say quarantine is a normal time. Never would I have imagined a time when the entire country, let alone the world, would go into lockdown due to a health pandemic (I always thought we were too advanced for that). As the virus continued to spread a few months ago, lockdowns went into place, businesses started closing doors, and companies transitioned to work from home policies indefinitely, leading people to migrate home. But, where is “home” exactly? Interestingly enough, many people have elected to leave their city apartments and go back to their family / parents’ homes.

By now, you must have heard of the app TikTok. If you haven’t, here is what you need to know. TikTok is a social media platform designed to create, share, and discover short videos. Some call it Vine 2.0. As of late April 2020, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2 BILLION TIMES globally on the App Store and Google Play, according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence’s estimate.

¼ of these downloads came just within the last 5 months, and the global COVID-19 pandemic is definitely a contributing factor. As a greater number of consumers are spending time at home…

Dhruv Patel

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