BPI investment bank analyzes Silicon Valley tech trends with Netvibes dashboard

By comparing news and social media mentions, BPI France identified today’s top 8 technology trends and explored how the shift to the “Augmented Me” economy will impact society in the future.

Executive Summary

What are the hottest trends in Silicon Valley in 2016? To find out, Netvibes created a Premium Dashboard for French investment bank BPI (60B euros in assets) to analyze the top trends discussed by venture capitalists (VCs) and the media. 

As a result of our research, we have discovered not only what topics are hot right now, but we can also predict which tech trends will continue to grow in the future.

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  • The Dashboard collected over 1 million news articles exclusively coming out of the Silicon Valley and all focused on high tech, as well as social media posts from 250 top VC influencers in Silicon Valley. 
  • We observed how high tech was categorized by major actors, such as Andreessen Horowitz, Gartner and Harvard Business Review and identified 21 tech topics. 
  • We created a specific ontology for those 21 topics to ensure accurate categorization and analytical insights.
  • We then tracked and compared the topics' popularity over time between media versus VCs. 


Key insights from our research

  • The 21 topics were regrouped by how they relate to “me.” We found the “Beyond Me” group to be the most active. This indicates that we are currently transitioning from the “Me” economy to the “Augmented Me” economy.
  • 8 top topics were identified: Automation & Robotics, Virtual Reality, Health, Financial Services, Gaming, Mobile, Transportation, Security and Privacy
  • Clearly those 8 Top Topics impact everyone, which led us to validate the theory of the 4th Industrial Revolution through the use of cyber-physical systems. The 4th Industrial Revolution is transforming entire systems of production, management and governance. We compared the impact of these Top Topics vs the theory of the 4th Industrial Revolution in order to predict what could come next.



As we continue the transition into the new “Augmented Me” economy, there will be challenges, including disruption to labor markets caused by automation, as well as increased social tensions. However, the 4th Industrial Revolution also provides great opportunities by decreasing the costs of communication and transportation and opening new markets.

Overall, people are optimistic about the future and new technologies on the horizon, especially around hot topics like Virtual Reality, which 88% of youth say is “very cool.” 


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