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  • Peter Thiel, one of the early investors in Facebook, Lyft and Spotify, is turning his attention to marijuana.
  • The industry is proving to be big business: Colorado marijuana stores are selling about $30 million worth of pot a month
  • Founders Fund announced Thursday that it has made a multi-million-dollar investment in Privateer Holdings, the world's first private equity firm investing exclusively in the legal use of marijuana
  • Peter Thiel, investor in Facebook, Lyft and Spotify, announced his fund will invest millions in Privateer Holdings
  • Privateer Holdings is the world's first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannibis
  • Four states have legalized recreational marijuana and voters in District of Columbia recently approved legalization
  • Adults' use of fish oil, probiotics or prebiotics, and melatonin increased between 2007 and 2012.
  • Adults' use of glucosamine/chondroitin, echinacea, and garlic decreased between 2007 and 2012.
  • Fish oil was the top natural product among children. In 2007 Echinacea was #1
  • Melatonin was the second most used natural product by children in 2012. Its use increased substantially from 2007 to 2012.
  • Vancouver-based programmer created bot to automate potential date selections on Tinder, a dating app
  • Bot sorts to find a match based on users’ preferences, then asks questions to potential dates to qualify them before notifying user
  • Tinderbox commodifies dating by treating people as data yet also simplifies to make more efficient choices
  • Surveys from 88,962 American adults and 17,321 interviews show natural product use (supplements other than vitamins + minerals) has shifted in US since 2007
  • Fish oil was the top natural product among adults and children
  • Products rise and fall appear to be based on diet fads that get mainstream media attention
  • Vancouver-based programmer Justin Long automated Tinder using facial-recognition algorithms and a chat bot.
  • Facial-recognition scheme Eigenface notes what kind of features users seem to like
  • Tinderbox’s pre-programmed chats ask for a “yes” response from matches and a clarifying answer before human user engages in communication
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