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    Fintech Explained—The Financial Revolution Has Just Begun

    by | Digital

    Watch ARK’s explainer video on Fintech and the ongoing financial transformation. Learn why ARK believes Fintech could have a great and positive impact on our lives. ARK believes the financial services industry is ripe for innovation. While we have seen advances such as ATMs in the 60’s, debit cards in the 70s, and online banking […]

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    First Impressions From The Snap Inc. IPO S-1 Filing

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    Mentioned Companies: FB, Snapchat, TWTR

    Earlier this week papers were filed for the Snap Inc. IPO. Snap Inc. is the parent company of Snapchat and based on its S-1 prospectus, Snap seems to have a unique worldview, rapid growth, staggering costs, and no pretense of public shareholder governance. The Snap Inc. IPO makes clear that it doesn’t view itself as a […]

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    Bitcoin’s Price Behavior: Why 2017 is Not the Same as 2013

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    A common but mistaken refrain is building that bitcoin’s price behavior of late has been a replica of the infamous late 2013 rise and crash. Certainly, a similar narrative could be spun: bitcoin breaks $1,000, the People’s Bank of China issues some comments that scare people, bitcoin crashes. But if a few marketplace characteristics are investigated, we think the […]

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    Financial Blockchains: The Peril and Promise

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    Mentioned Companies: AMZN, GE, OSTK

    We recently had the pleasure of sitting on a panel hosted at ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum startup, to discuss the future of financial blockchains. Below we include a brief summary of some of the topics we found most interesting from the panel discussion. Digital Assets Trading within the capital markets currently involves a mixture of […]

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    Deep Learning Based Diagnostics: Unlocking a $16 Billion Market

    by | Digital Health
    Mentioned Companies: IBM

    Intelligent software could “eat” into diagnostic radiology, just as it has eaten countless other industries. We think the result, deep learning based diagnostics software, will likely lead to faster, cheaper, and more accurate diagnoses on a global scale. The key enabling technology is deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence (AI) that has established benchmarks […]

  • A Potential Use Case for Blockchain Technology Outside of Bitcoin

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    What is a potential use case for blockchain technology outside of Bitcoin? Listen to ARK’s Blockchain Products Lead, Chris Burniske, explain.   One promising use case for blockchain technology outside of Bitcoin is in healthcare. Right now in the U.S. we spend $3 trillion dollars annually on healthcare; that’s almost 20% of our gross domestic […]

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    Could Deep Learning Grow the Robotics Market Ten-Fold (or More)?

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    Mentioned Companies: AMZN

    Deep learning—a machine learning algorithm that is setting performance records in vision, speech, medical diagnosis, and other fields1—could have a profound impact on the robotics industry. Despite their widespread use in manufacturing, robots are expensive and difficult to program. For most businesses, robots are not useful, at least not yet. In 2015, global unit sales […]

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    Blockchain Future States: Simon Denny’s Exhibit Investigates Ethereum, 21.co, and Digital Asset Holdings

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    Bitcoin, and therefore blockchain, was born as a phoenix from the ashes of near Wall Street collapse. A month after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, an unknown entity by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, released a white paper that would be core to the cryptocurrency and blockchain movement. Contemporary artist, Simon Denny, brings Bitcoin’s founding […]

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    Ethereum May Be Undergoing Allopatric Speciation

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    It’s been an interesting few months for the Ethereum community between the DAO’s record crowdfunding, the infamous hack, and the eventual forking of the network. Ever since the fork, there have been two Ethereum chains: (1) Ethereum (ETH), which was altered to relieve the hacker of their funds, and (2) Ethereum Classic (ETC), which was […]

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    The Future of Social and Messaging Apps — Predictions for 2020

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    Mentioned Companies: FB, TCEHY, TWTR

    It’s no exaggeration to say that the future of messaging apps is the future of mobile. Six out of the top ten most used mobile apps are messaging apps according to research firm Quettra. Including social apps, that number jumps to eight out of the top ten apps. With smartphone sales slowing down, understanding the […]

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    Instagram Followers of Certain Brands and Celebrities Surpasses Facebook and Twitter

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    Mentioned Companies: FB, SBUX, TWTR

    In May 2015, ARK did its first survey of user engagement with the three largest social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We found that while Facebook dominated in absolute reach and Twitter owned real time news, Instagram was becoming the go-to destination for savvy brands and celebrities. In June of 2016, we repeated the same survey. […]

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    Three Takeaways from AlphaGo Beating Lee Sedol

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    Mentioned Companies: BIDU, FB, GOOG, IBM

    AlphaGo beating international Go champion Lee Sedol is a historic milestone for artificial intelligence (AI). Here are our three key takeaways. 1. Machine Learning Accelerates Go AI by Ten Years Chess AI surpassed the best human players long ago. Until 2015, Go AI had reached only strong amateur performance.1 Based on ARK’s analysis of past AI performance […]

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    Fintech Fizz? – A World Economic Forum Panel Discussion

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    Investors put a record $4.5 billion into financial start-ups in Asia last year, four times as much as the previous year. But how are disruptive business models and technology innovations transforming finance in Asia and the world? ARK Invest CEO/CIO, Catherine D. Wood addressed this topic during the ‘Fintech Fizz’ session at the World Economic […]

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    Bitcoin: A Significantly Investable Asset

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    Exploring Bitcoin As A New Asset Class 1/4 A excerpt of ARK’s white paper exploring bitcoin as the first of its kind in a new asset class—cryptocurrency—distinct from all other asset classes. In this article, we make the case that bitcoin is a significantly investable asset. ARK Invest and Coinbase define investability as providing ample liquidity […]

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    Bitcoin: Ringing the Bell for a New Asset Class

    by | Digital White Paper

    ARK Invest and Coinbase explore the merit of bitcoin as the first of its kind in a new asset class—cryptocurrency—distinct from all other asset classes. Universally, we think traditional asset classes must meet the requirement of investability. However, traditional asset classes then differ in their politico-economic features, correlation of price movements, and risk-reward profiles. In […]

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    Bitcoin and Ethereum: How Smart Contracts Work

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    Mentioned Companies: GOOG

    This article assumes a basic understanding of blockchain technology in order to fully understand how smart contracts work. Blockchain-based smart contracts have generated ample buzz recently as they could eventually build entirely autonomous organizations, enable self-regulated peer-to-peer insurance models, and facilitate the renting of all internet-connected-things. This article explores how smart contracts work. It provides […]

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    Machine Learning Opens Up Cloud Opportunity for GPUs

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    Mentioned Companies: BIDU, FB, INTC, NVDA

    Machine learning—software that gets smarter by learning from data—is exploding in popularity. To keep up, servers—the workhorse of the Internet—will have to get a lot smarter. Specifically, they’ll need greater computing horsepower to process image, voice, and other forms of cognitive workloads. Today, servers are primarily composed of processors, memory, storage, and networking. Servers built […]

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    Netflix Will Be the Largest US, If Not Global, “TV Network” By 2019

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    Mentioned Companies: AMZN, FB, GOOG, NFLX, TWX, VIA

    ARK believes TV executives should feel paranoid about the rise of Netflix. At the current trajectory, our research forecasts Netflix will become the largest US video network by 2019. With Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Hulu, and a host of niche players also experiencing rapid growth, streaming is set to become the new TV, with a […]

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    Bitcoin and Blockchain: Better Together

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    Mentioned Companies: AMZN, IBM, INTC, MSFT

    Adam Ludwin, founder of Chain.com, pointed out in an a16z podcast that people who say blockchain can exist without bitcoin are both completely correct and totally wrong. ARK’s view is the debate between Bitcoin and blockchain is misunderstood and overplayed, mostly due to its nascent nature, overlapping concepts and poorly understood jargon. Understanding the Bitcoin […]

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    Artificial Intelligence (AI) Took Off in 2015

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    Mentioned Companies: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT, NVDA, TSLA

    Artificial intelligence — the stuff of science fiction—suddenly became real in 2015. Amazon shipped the Echo, its AI powered home assistant, to surprisingly positive reviews. The latest software from Microsoft and Google beat humans at image recognition. Tesla’s cars woke up one day and gained self-driving capability. And the latest software from Baidu is natively […]