The Growth Weekly - The best things that happened in 2016, VC predictions for 2017 and Amazon stepping into air cargo

Dear growth enthusiasts. For this last 2016 issue of The Growth Weekly, we have categorized the best
The Growth Weekly - The best things that happened in 2016, VC predictions for 2017 and Amazon stepping into air cargo
By The Growth Weekly • Issue #13
Dear growth enthusiasts. For this last 2016 issue of The Growth Weekly, we have categorized the best reads we found this week by looking back (2016) and looking forward (2017). As always, enjoy your read. Have a great NYE! 

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Looking back - 2016
List of the best things that happened in 2016, from Ebola being eradicated in West Africa to saving the mantees
Our media feeds are echo chambers. And those echo chambers don’t just reflect our political beliefs: they reflect our feelings about human progress. Bad news can be a bubble too, so here’s some good stuff that also happened in 2016.
How Microsoft dominated the tech scene in 2016
Microsoft had an amazing year and has set the bar high for itself and its rivals for the coming years. Lets count the ways in which it dominated 2016.
Solar was the cheapest source of electricity in 2016, and it will further undercut fossil fuels in 2017
The renewable energy future will arrive when installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal/gas/other options. If you ask the World Economic Forum, the day has arrived. Solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than new fossil fuel capacity in more than 30 countries.
Looking forward- 2017
What top Silicon Valley investors expect in 2017
VentureBeat spoke to several VC firms to gather their predictions for 2017.
5 Fintech Startups To Watch In 2017
After a glum 2016, look for startups tackling massive opportunities like insurance and real estate to reenergize the fintech sector.
Top Sales Books to Hit Your Growth Goals in 2017
Setting your 2017 commercial goals? A list of thought provoking books to help you realize your commercial targets.
Cool stuff
Watch Tesla's Autopilot Brake for a Crash Before It Even Happens
See how Tesla’s Forward Collision Warning system senses a collision before it even happened and initiated auto-breaking faster than the driver could ever respond. Awesome.
Amazon starts flexing muscle in new space: Air cargo
Amazon.com just leased 40 jets for a new cargo service to meet delivery demand from the retail giant’s customers. These Prime Air planes are flying nearly full, but with lightweight loads, taking away valued business from FedEx and UPS.
Drive on This: France Has Opened the World's First Solar Road
A village in Normandy, France has opened a kilometer-long road covered in solar panels, a project that took $5.2 million and five years to complete. While the project is expensive and may not be a success, it is an example of how people are becoming more creative in generating clean and renewable energy.
Enjoy your day. Keep growing.
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