Startups acquiring startups. Investors in the medical device space. Auto tech exits.

Does this newsletter make me look fat?

Hi there,

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? 



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.

U-S-A, U-S-A

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.

Startup acquisitions of other startups are slowing down

Dropbox has led the way with more than 20 acquisitions of other startups, but some companies like Pinterest have accelerated their pace and could be catching up. See the data.
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The most active VCs in medical devices and their investments in one infographic

NEA, Versant Ventures, and High-Tech Grunderfonds are the three most active investors in medical device startups. See the infographic.
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Auto tech exits are gathering momentum in 2016

Large venture-backed exits within auto tech have been sporadic since 2012, but acquisition interest continues to grow. See the data.
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12 early- and mid-stage startups backed by the CIA, pentagon, and US army

From cybersecurity to skin care, these companies are backed by the US government's defense- and security-focused investment firms. See the list.
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The Blurb

A curated mix of articles on private companies, venture capital, emerging industries, and innovation.

0 to $640M. Tod Sacerdoti (@todsacerdoti) on the "non-obvious" lessons learned from founding, building, and selling BrightRoll.

Ethics and AI. John Markoff (@markoff) on how tech giants are devising real ethics for artificial intelligence.
New York Times

The evolution of transportation-as-a-service. Ben Thompson (@benthompson) dives into the future of transportation and says the news around Uber and Google matters the most.

Advice for startups. Jared Friedman (@snowmaker), YC partner, on raising money online.
The Macro

A junior VC. Jonathan Libov (@libovness) shares some things he's learned while serving as an analyst at Union Square Ventures.

How not to raise money. Alex Fishman (@fishmanalex) on what bad referrals look like and how not to ask for an introduction.
Startup Grind

Building savvy push notifications. Noah Weiss (@noah_weiss) of Slack shares tips for startups seeking to build out their push notifications strategy.
First Round Review
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