The Subscription Economy Is Taking Over The World, Says Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta
The Subscription Economy Is Taking Over The World, Says Gainsight CEO

“What’s happening is that the subscription economy is just taking over the world,” says Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta. It shows up for our consumer lives with Netflix, Amazon, etc. It shows up at work as well. Because of that, all of those companies just can’t afford to just sell to their customers and move on.”

Expedia Pricing Tactics Powered By AI and Reams of Data, Says CEO Mark Okerstrom
Expedia Pricing Tactics Powered By AI and Reams of Data, Says CEO

“We sit on reams of data with 750 million visits to Expedia Group properties every single month,” says Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom. “We’re using AI to help inform some of our lodging partners with pricing tactics, to help them price more effectively both in the alternative accommodation space and in the traditional lodging space.”

Designed From the Ground Up To Be a Great Medium Of Exchange, Says Facebook Calibra Head David Marcus
Designed From the Ground Up To Be a Great Medium Of Exchange, Says Facebook Calibra Head

Today we’re sharing plans for Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary whose goal is to provide financial services that will let people access and participate in the Libra network. The first product Calibra will introduce is a digital wallet for Libra, a new global currency powered by blockchain technology.

Uma Valeti, Co-Founder and CEO of Memphis Meats
Cell-Based Meat: Real Meat Without Slaughtering Animals

“This is real meat directly from animal cells,” says Memphis Meats CEO Uma Valeti. “People who love meat for thousands of years immediately recognize this as meat. In fact, cell-based meat is called the holy grail of the food industry. This is meat and when people taste it that’s when the magic happens.”

Sean Ammirati, Partner at Birchmere Ventures on Cloud Wars
Disney Takes a Playbook Out of Digitally Native Companies

“All of a sudden people are realizing that Disney is going to take the advantages that they have, content that nobody else has, moats that give them actual real leverage in the negotiations, and then they’re going to actually take a playbook out of these more digitally native companies,” says Sean Ammirati of Birchmere Ventures.”

Walmart Now Delivering Groceries Directly Into The Fridge - Walmart Ecommerce CEO Marc Lore
Walmart Now Delivering Groceries Directly Into The Fridge

“We’ve got 4,700 stores within ten miles of 90 percent of the US population,” says Walmart Ecommerce CEO Marc Lore. “We’ve started doing pickup a couple of years back and now same-day delivery to the door. We decided to take it a step further and actually deliver it directly into customers fridges and so far so good.”

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: We Need To Have Billion Dollar Scale Failures
Jeff Bezos: We Need To Have Billion Dollar Scale Failures

“At Amazon, we still take risks all the time,” says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “Our failures have to grow with the company. We need big failures if we are going to be moving the needle. We need to have billion dollar scale failures. If we are not, we are not swinging hard enough.”

Long-Term Goal With Alexa Is To Invent the Star Trek Computer, Says Amazon SVP

“The long-term goal (with Alexa) was to try to invent the Star Trek computer,” says David Limp, Amazon’s SVP of devices and services. “I grew up watching Roddenberry and loved it. We all loved watching it and the science had moved up enough where we thought we had a shot at it.”

Everything Can Be Digital At The End Of The Day, Says Wingstop CEO Charles Morrison
Everything Can Be Digital At The End Of The Day, Says Wingstop CEO

“Everything can be digital at the end of the day,” says Wingstop CEO Charles Morrison. “We still take a lot of phone orders and a lot of people still walk. So every time somebody accesses us we want the opportunity to digitize that transaction.”

Imran Khan, co-founder and CEO of Verishop
Verishop CEO On Competing With Amazon: “It’s Not a Zero Sum Game”

“The market narrative is always it’s a zero-sum game,” says Imran Khan, co-founder and CEO of Verishop, a new Amazon competitor launching soon. “You are coming in and it’s Verishop versus Amazon or Snap versus Facebook. Not one company will take everything. It’s just impossible for one company to solve every problem.”