Welcome to the 197th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc.'s editor in chief, James Ledbetter.

This week senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin looks back at 2018 and explores the 9 biggest startup acquisitions of the year. The list, ranked in ascending order by deal size, includes Ring, the video doorbell startup founded by Jamie Siminoff. Ring was rejected on Shark Tank in 2013 before being acquired by Amazon in February for more than $1 billion.

Senior editor Doug Cantor and I discuss Inc.'s annual best industries for starting a business in 2019. To create the list, we spoke with industry experts and crunched the latest data on fast-growth sectors to determine which industries are most likely to take off in the near future. This year's list includes CBD products, selfie services, healthy jerky and baby tech, among others.

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