Innovation Brief: Yum Brands, Discord, and Robots

Welcome to Street Fight’s new Innovation Brief series. On a semi-weekly basis, it aggregates and analyzes happenings from across the technology and media spheres. This week, we look at text-to-order QSR, Microsoft’s Discord ambitions, and Boston Dynamics’ latest. 

These insights come from digital agency M7 Innovations. Founder Matt Maher* synthesizes his perspective from the trenches of digital experience creation. See the full episode and summary notes below, and stay tuned for semi-weekly episodes. Let’s dive in…

🌮 Yum Brands (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut) acquired a startup that specializes in text-to-order, executing transactions within sixty seconds. 

👯 Discord is the popular communication app where creators + communities ‘hang out’ online, and Microsoft is desperate to add it to its portfolio. We discuss why.

🤖 Boston Dynamics is at it again with their new ‘Stretch’ warehouse robot. Will it replace human jobs? Yes. We explain why that’s not a bad thing.  

*See Maher’s upcoming appearance at Street Fight Summit

Mike Boland has been a tech & media analyst for the past two decades, specifically covering mobile, local, and emerging technologies. He has written for Street Fight since 2011. More can be seen at