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by Ed Frank | December, 2018

9 Unicorns walked into a Bar…

In the startup world- between corporate innovation, disruption, changing business models- the magic word is “follow the unicorns”. Axis Innovation was invited to the WSJ D.Live conference in Laguna last week which brought the most successful startups - from Uber (value over $50 billion) to Allbirds, Stripe, Waymo, Brex (Fintech startup - Y combinator grad).   Questions that we are all asking and having the opportunity to hear some of the top tech people who are watching and engaging with the changing tech landscape:

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9 Quotes from 9 leaders for 2019!

How do you innovate? “We look in Israel- we’ve made a number of deals there- and of course Silicon Valley.

-Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T

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Where were you when Google employees staged a walkout? I was outside with them- Google listens to their employees, and I’m one of them.

- Ruth Porat,  SVP and CFO of Alphabet and Google

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When will we see autonomous cars on the road? We are beginning our commercial autonomous driver fleet in 2020.

- John Krafick, CEO of Waymo

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Where is the car industry going? Over 90% of the innovation in cars is in the electronics.

- Richard Clemmer, CEO of NXp Semiconductors

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Amazon - What’s next with Alexa? “Our ambient user interface in the home, car, and office is where the world is going.

- Dave Limp, SVP Devices and Alexa, Amazon

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Who is funding technology? Over 74% of technology fundraising is on the NYSE

- Stacey Cunningham, President of NYSE Group

What are the tech surprises in store for 2019? Authentic experiences, disruptive technologies, and personal experience are the key drivers.

- Michael J.Wolf, CEO of Activate

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Will Uber keep growing? With over 1 billion cars on the road in a trillion $ market we see our place with all modes of transportation.

- Dara Khosrowskhavhi, CEO of Uber

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How do you find Unicorns? We looked at pattern matching but with 0.2% success rate of startups, no clear trends other than the importance of co-founders with work experience in their 30’s and 40’.

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- Aileen Lee, Managing Partner at Cowboy Ventures

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