Wantrepreneurs 'R Us
Yesterday's newsletter got clobbered by spam filters. We are unsure why.
In any case, it was really good. Read it.
- Was it the reference to Trump's Innovation office?
- Was it Mike Bloomberg and Darth Tater?
- Was it the pic of a kid eating a brain?
It also had two great market maps which I've put portions of below to entice you further — AI in Fintech and The Digital Hospital. Go read it. We'll wait.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program
We just released our 71-page Cyber Defenders Report, covering 2017 cybersecurity trends to watch and high-momentum startups with the potential to shape the future of digital resilience.
You can find some highlights scattered below.
Your odds of becoming a unicorn are tiny.
Like super tiny.
Startup failure rates
We followed a cohort of over 1,000 startups from the moment they raised their first seed investment to see what happens to them. Of the 1,098 tech companies we tracked, less than half, or 46%, managed to raise a second round of funding.
0.91% of the cohort went on to become unicorns.
This dude is lazy AF
He will not build a unicorn.
It's March Madness for nerds once again.
Last March, we asked who is the tech founder/CEO you admire most (winner: Elon Musk) and before that, we asked what VC would you want in your Series A (winner: Andreessen Horowitz)
Now we're asking what is the most innovative consumer product since the iPhone?
Round 1 closes April 2nd. Vote now.
Round 1 matches we expect to be close include:
Vote now and change the face of product history forever.
- Peloton Bike vs. The Squatty Potty
- Thinx Period Underwear vs the Cronut
- Doritos Locos Tacos vs Phantom I Drone
- Google Cardboard vs Tide Pods
Secure the unicorns
We looked at the private market companies valued at $1B+ in the cybersecurity space since 2012. Out of the 8 total unicorns, Tanium, valued at $3.5B, is the most valuable private cybersecurity company in the world.
Cyber Defender leaders
70% of the Cyber Defenders are located in the US, mostly in California and Massachusetts. The next highest concentration of Cyber Defenders are in Israel, followed by Switzerland, the UK, Australia, and Japan.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
New York Times. Katie Benner (@ktbenner) writes about Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures and refers to the list of top VCs based on CB Insights data.
Tech in Asia. Terence Lee (@terenceleejx) digs into the world's top VCs and references CB Insights data used to compile the list.
Mashable. Jason Abbruzzese (@jasonabbruzzese) writes about Tencent's purchase of Tesla stock and references CB Insights investment data.
I love you.
P.S. Future of Fintech Conference tix go up by $1k on Saturday. Use code MarchMadness17 to get $1000 off until then.