Alright sports fans, the Sweet 16 of the VC tournament has concluded. Results are below, and the next round has some insanely hard-to-call match-ups.
Love is in the air
For about 9 months, I've been signing off on this newsletter with the words "I love you" or some derivative of it. It started as an experiment and we've kept it because those simple 3 words have resulted in a ton of amazing conversations with smart, funny folks who see it and feel compelled to respond.
Last week, I closed a large deal with a European company that came via an introduction of a newsletter subscriber who I'd never met. He just wrote back to the newsletter and said that he loves me and the newsletter and wondered if I'd be interested in an introduction to a particular person he knows at said large European company. (And yes — he used the double opt-in intro.)
I said yes, the introduction was made, and the deal eventually happened.
This was the first time something like this happened, but wow.
Love wins :)
If you were laid off at Mashable and are interested in tech, venture, and data, we're looking for 15 folks on our research/analyst team as well as a research editor.
Reach out as I'd love to chat.
We dig into funding trends, most well-funded companies, and active VC investors in HR tech. Although funding slipped during the second half of 2015, Q1'16 yielded 106 deals and $591M in funding.
So our 6th employee and 1st product manager at CB Insights just relocated to Boulder, and we sadly have no office there (yet). So, she is looking for an amazing startup to join. She is an absolute star on the data and product fronts.
If you are worthy, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will forward it to her.
Look Mom — No Microsoft Excel
We analyzed financing and M&A trends to the virtual reality space in 15 seconds with our just launched Custom Charts.
The CB Insights' assault on data janitor work continues.
The must-have t-shirt of 2016
Get these in the Cayman Islands or Bermuda while there are still some left.
One of my colleagues at CB Insights had her email hacked so you may have gotten a shady looking Google Doc from someone on our team yesterday.
Don't open it. The invoice it comes with is fake.
However, if you'd like to send us money, please reply to me asap.
We created a public company list called "ASU GSV Summit 2016" in our database to help track companies that will be present at the ASU GSV Ed Tech Summit in San Diego from April 18-20.
We highlight 13 of these high-flying companies, including Tynker shown below, and look at their funding numbers and select investors involved.
The Industry Standard
CB Insights data is the most trusted by those in the industry and the media. A few recent hits.
Retail Dive. The expense of providing on-demand delivery is taking its toll. Daphne Howland (@RetailDive) cites CB Insights funding data in her report on how startups are surviving, or not.
Digital Transactions. Venture capital is still flowing to payments startups, reports John Stewart (@DTPaymentNews), using recent CB Insights fintech research.
Techcrunch. Ground-based robot couriers could be the next big thing, says Connie Loizos (@cookie), with a reference to CB Insights data on funding to drone companies.
Forbes. Angad Singh Thakur (@angadthakur) talks with Sandeep Murthy of Lightbox Ventures about how he picks future unicorns, citing the CB Insights Unicorn Tracker.
Institutional Investor. A new report by David Teten and the Disrupt Invest team (@DisruptInvest) rings the alarm on the asset management industry, referencing CB Insights & KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech report.
VC March Madness — The Elite 8 is underway
Round 3 of the Series A VC tournament is in the books, and Round 4 will feature some of the heavyweights in VC going head-to-head.
- Sequoia vs Google Ventures
- Andreessen Horowitz vs Greylock
- First Round Capital vs Bessemer
- Union Square Ventures vs Foundry Group
The Elite 8 closes on April 17th so vote today for which investor you'd want in your Series A.
An inside view on M&A gone bad
M&A integration is probably always difficult, but it's rare to see the dirty laundry aired as publicly as we're seeing happen in the fallout after Google's acquisitions of Nest and Dropcam.
Here is Greg Duffy, the founder and CEO of Dropcam, sharing his views on the deal and subsequent fallout.
We look at the five largest deals in the bitcoin and blockchain space by year and the amount of funding consumed by rounds involving corporate investors.
I love you.
P.S. We have upcoming webinars on industrial IoT and the changing landscape of CPG. Don't miss out.