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Sequoia Capital responds
I'm really proud to announce our first ever "annotated VC teardown."
And it features none other than legendary VC firm Sequoia Capital. In it, 4 Sequoia Partners provide commentary on top of and in addition to our data-driven analysis. It includes their thoughts on their areas of interest in healthcare, the overheated fintech sector, and other nuggets.
These are the partners who annotated the teardown.
Of note from the data — In the first half of 2016, Sequoia’s deal pace for new and follow-on deals is down nearly 21% compared the same period last year.
Also, thanks, as always, to Andrew Kovacs of Sequoia for getting their data so fresh & so clean using the CB Insights Editor.
Razor the roof
We look at the top VC-backed e-commerce M&A deals by valuation since 2009 to see where online-first subscription razor startup, Dollar Shave Club, stacks up. Ranked first on our list is Avito, a Russian-based online classified platform, purchased by Naspers. Unilever-acquired Dollar Shave Club comes in at 4th.
Product innovation is key for corporations, but it doesn’t always work to plan. We’ve gathered up 101 of the biggest product flops of all time from Google+ to bicycles by Smith & Wesson.
Cheetos lip balm featured below is still a winner in my opinion.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Bloomberg. Selina Wang (@Selina_y_wang) uses CB Insights data on Alibaba’s investments in her article looking inside the e-commerce giant’s strategy.
Business Insider. Matt Weinberger (@gamoid) makes the case for why Pokemon Go won’t disappear after the hype dies down, referring to CB Insights analysis of other sensations.
McKinsey & Co. Kara Sprague (@ksprague08) talks about the CB Insights Unicorn Tracker in this podcast about why late-stage startups are staying private, moderated by Simon London (@simonlon).
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P.S. Our 103,000 page Venture Pulse Report with KPMG came out last week. Did you get your copy? Summary: It was an "eh" quarter for VC-backed companies.
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