Construction tech plays. VC rationale. Mental health tech. China trends.
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For you millennials

Hi there,

Being VC-backed versus bootstrapped perfectly captured in emojis.

Thanks to David Kaye of Gaming Insiders for spotting and sharing the above.

And now some data and invitation-only events.

Invitation-only for senior executives

At our conferences, we host breakfasts for senior level execs.

They've become a surprise hit, getting consistently rave reviews.

As a result, we're launching CB Insights Councils to bring together senior execs to discuss their biggest growth, strategic, and innovation challenges with peers. 

The first several 2-day in-person Council events will be held in NYC and Silicon Valley later this year.

Membership is by invite-only, and Council Members must meet the following 3 criteria:

  • Must be SVPs, EVPs, presidents, or C-level executives
  • Must be at companies with $1 billion in revenue or more
  • Must be the head of their respective business unit or group or function
Members generally come from corporate strategy, innovation, venture, M&A, digital strategy, and technology.

More on CBI Councils here.

If you'd like to request membership to Councils and meet the above criteria, email me or

Hard hats on

Looking at the number of investors in construction tech every year since 2012, we see that 2016 hit an all-time high of 94 investors. Y Combinator is the most active, with investments in 9 construction tech companies.

The F-bomb

Variants of the F-word on Twitter cuz data.

"Why we invested"

We tracked down seven in-the-moment posts from early-stage investors to get the real-time rationale on the markets, traction, and management of their latest portfolio companies. 

Rosé all day, every day

 the biggest exporter of Rosé is Spain.

Spain also has really good avocado toast.

Mental health tech

In general, deals and equity funding to digital health startups trended up through Q1’16. Funding activity in the mental health tech sector slowed for the remainder of 2016 but rebounded this year on the heels of Headspace‘s $36.7M Series B in Q2’17.

Trending in China

Using the CB Insights platform, we identified 12 promising early-stage startups headquartered in China that have raised seed or Series A rounds in 2017. Among all early-stage companies examined, 4 macroscopic trends stood out: robotics, AI chips, power bank rental, and sharing platforms. 

The Industry Standard

CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.

The San Diego Union-Tribune. Mike Freeman (@TechDiego) looks at record-breaking San Diego startup stats and cites the PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree report

Indianapolis Business Journal. Jared Council (@IBJtech) cites the same report in his coverage of startup funding in Indiana.

South China Morning Post. Amanda Lee (@Lee_AHY) writes about Nvidia's entrance into China's self-driving cars industry with a reference to CB Insights driverless tech data. 

Electronics Weekly. David Manners reports on trends in AI M&A activity based on data from CB Insights. 

Happy Monday.

I love you.


P.S. If you're an SVP, EVP, President or C-level exec focused on strategy, growth, and innovation, check this out.

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Stay up-to-date on reports, briefings, events, and more.
  • We recently released our H1'17 Global CVC Report, which offers a comprehensive, data-driven look at corporate venture capital activity in the first half of this year. Check it out
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The most active investors in construction tech

Accelerators take the top two spots for most active investors, with corporates playing a relatively small role in the space. See the list.
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Why we invested: VCs sound off on 7 recent early-stage startup investments

Top seed and Series A dealmakers discuss the markets, traction, and management of their latest portfolio companies. Check it out.
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Positive outlook: mental health tech is on the rise

At the current rate, mental health startups will raise about $159M in 2017. Check it out.
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Trending in China: 4 early-stage tech startup trends to watch

Chinese investors have been participating in deals to early-stage startups targeting robotics, AI chips, and sharing platforms. See the list.
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles worth sharing.

Ick factor. Barb Darrow (@gigabarb) discusses the limits on technology like the new implanted security chips available to workers at a Wisconsin vending machine company. 

Wonder women. Eliana Dockterman (@edockterman) on the evolution of the female action hero, from Ripley and Leia to Katniss and Natasha. 

Phone blues. Post-millennials are physically safer than previous generations, but also lonlier. Jean M. Twenge (@jean_twenge) on the link between screen time and depression. 
The Atlantic

Money maximization. Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) on the difficulty of matching money to contribution. 
Seth Godin Blog

Out of the garage. Liz Stinson (@Lizstins) writes about Apple architect Norman Foster's view that office space needs to be flexible to adapt to future needs. 

Woebot. Tristan Greene (@mrgreene1977) discusses mental health tech and the potential for AI to be a powerful resource in battling anxiety and depression. 
The Next Web

Just say yes. Richard Moy (@rich_moy) on the value of agreeing to do things you have no idea how to do. 
The Muse

Table setting. Diana Budds (@DianaBudds) covers photographer Lois Bielefeld's new Weeknight Dinners series, which features dinnertime scenes from families across the country. 
Fastco Design

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