Markman Capital Insight

Tech takes on the T-cells

June 3rd, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Sean Parker, a former Facebook president and Napster co-founder, made headlines in April by announcing he would donate $250 million to immune therapy cancer research. Say what you will about the tech billionaire, but he has shown an impeccable talent for attaching himself to winning...

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GMO Mo-Mo

June 3rd, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here.Monsanto (MON) officially got a marriage proposal two weeks ago. How sweet. The suitor was a well connected German with deep pockets and impressive pedigree. Monsanto’s assessment was harsh: Incomplete and inadequate, its execs said. It’s not like others haven’t had their eye on...

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Report: new superbugs could kill millions

June 1st, 2016

To get our regular email updates, simply click here."Superbugs," or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are on track to kill one person every three seconds and set medicine back to the Dark Ages by 2050, according to a new report. In many ways we have been spoiled. Since the accidental invention of penicillin in 1928 we humans...

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World banks reel from digital robberies

May 30th, 2016

Bankers are under attack around the world. The assault is not being led by masked men with pistols but rather by anonymous cyber-thieves armed with malicious code. Their vulnerability stems from a historic shift. Before 1973, the world’s banks had a communication problem. Transferring money involved countless phone calls, telex machine...

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Tesla finally gets real

May 30th, 2016

Tesla (TSLA) has a problem. People really like its products and it can sell every electric car it makes. It can also sell every car it promises to make too. It just can’t make as many as it has promised. So it hired a graybeard, an industry veteran to help it actually build cars. Creating the type of feverish demand that leads to lineups...

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The robot apocalypse is coming

May 30th, 2016

Bank of America (BAC) held the first half of its A Transforming World: Robotics and AI Conference in London late last month, and the discussion was as scary as it sounds. In stark terms, respected analysts and economists talked about the devastating implications for jobs stemming from these new technologies. When most people think about...

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YouTube goes mainstream

May 25th, 2016

YouTube became a giant among its peers by blazing an uncharted path way back in 2005. But as the business has matured and become lucrative, convention is tugging it toward a traditional broadcast model.YouTube was built through the course of 11 painstaking years. During that time its parent, Google (GOOG), spurned profitability as it...

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AI software comes alive

May 25th, 2016

It’s been a big month for artificial intelligence. On May 9, a hot startup unveiled a shape-shifting personal assistant. On May 12, a legacy computer company that thinks it’s a startup shifted a platform to cyber security.VIV is the product of two artificial intelligence wunderkinds, Das Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer. They’ve been tinkering...

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