Does this newsletter make me look fat?
I stuffed my face over this past Labor Day weekend. To make myself feel better, I chose not to work out but to instead research why Americans are getting fatter. Here's at least 1 reason.
Ain't no lie, buy buy buy
We look at the most active private tech companies acquiring other companies within private markets. This year, we have already seen more than 440 of these types of acquisitions, putting 2016 on track to fall slightly below the 2015 peak. Looking over the last 15+ years, Dropbox is currently in first place with 23 acquisitions of other startups from 2000 to 2016 year-to-date.
I recently read some "research" which suggested that for women to be successful as executives, they need to dye their hair blonde.
I've got black hair, and I've been wondering whether CB Insights would grow faster and generally be more successful if I dyed my hair brown or blonde.
But here's the rub.
When you look for research on the topic of men's hair color and leadership, what do you find?
Yes — seriously.
Am I the only one who is getting sick and tired of men being excluded from such hard-hitting research? This needs to change. </rant>
Medical device investment
We rank VCs by their unique medical device investments over the past 4 years. NEA and Versant Ventures top the list as the two most active investors in medical device startups.
Didn't get the disruption memo?
Good ol' paper books seem to be holding up fine vs e-books and audio books.
Crossing the finish line
We analyze auto tech exit activity from 2012-2016, which includes a look at startups using software to improve safety, convenience, and efficiency in vehicles. Mobileye, the Israeli developer of advanced vision and driver assistance systems, leads the pack with its August 2014 IPO that valued the company at $5.31B.
We look at 12 early- to mid-stage tech startups that are backed by investment firms linked to US government military and intelligence services, including DARPA, In-Q-Tel, and Arsenal Venture Partners.
Ayasdi, which uses machine learning to extract knowledge from complex data sets, is featured below.
The Industry Standard
Bloomberg. Julie Verhage (@julieverhage) on why fintech startups might not want to become unicorns, with a reference to CB Insights funding and acquisitions data.
VentureBeat. Bernard Moon (@bernardmoon) writes about startup fundraising and cites CB Insights data on follow-on rates involving "party rounds," or rounds with no lead investor or fixed amount.
Deal Street Asia. Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc discusses the $25M credit WeLab has secured from ING Bank and references our fintech data.
Hope you had a terrific Tuesday.
I love you.
P.S. Tomorrow we'll be hosting our AR/VR briefing. Make sure you're there.